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Pay to Play in Congress

Are campaign contributions the driving force behind action, or inaction, in Congress? When it comes to antislaughter legislation, it's more than a numbers game. ...

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Getting Out The Vote

"We need tougher animal protection laws!" This is one of the few mantras that almost everyone in the animal welfare/animal rights movements can agree on. The question is how do you do it? Laws are passed by legislators who supposedly represent their constituents, not by the voters themselves, and therein rests the problem. With mid-term elections a week away and voting already underway in some states...

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Getting Our Money’s Worth In Washington

"In a battle of wits, it is poor sport to fight an unarmed opponent." Humorist Mark Twain said that, although similar sentiments have been attributed to William Shakespeare, Winston Churchill, and Walt Kelly’s comic strip creation Pogo. In the same vein, there is little sport in taking potshots at legislators. Everyone does it, though, because legislators are such big targets and are so easy to hit...

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Time Is Running Out

The tax man giveth, and the tax man taketh away. Two important federal income tax benefits that make the purchase of business-related equipment and horses more attractive to horse owners are scheduled to expire at the end of 2009. Extension of the tax breaks into 2010 is possible but unlikely, given the fact that Congress is embroiled in what will be an all-consuming debate over health care reform...

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Animal Cruelty or Free Speech?

On Tuesday, October 6, the United States Supreme Court heard oral arguments in United States v. Stevens . Although not an equine law case specifically, Stevens raises an important question that affects everyone concerned about animals: what should happen when animal welfare concerns come into direct conflict with the United States Constitution? The issue presented in Stevens is a simple one: Dog fighting...

Legislative Update: Slaughter

What’s been happening with efforts to ban horse slaughter since June 2008, when the United States Supreme Court refused to consider the appeal of Cavel International? The Cavel appeal challenged the legal authority of Illinois to ban the slaughter of horses for human consumption. Opponents of slaughter hailed the Supreme Court decision to do nothing as a victory, and in a very narrow sense it was....

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