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Take Action: Help Ban Wild and Exotic Animal Circus Acts in California!

elephants-circusOn February 19, 2019, Sen. Ben Hueso (D-San Diego) introduced SB 313 (also known as the Circus Cruelty Prevention Act) in the California State Senate. If passed, the bill will ban the use of wild and exotic animals in circuses in California but it won't happen without your help!

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Protest the Reopening of Santa Anita Race Track on Fri, 3/29/19

white-horseDespite the disturbing deaths of 22 horses since the season started in December 2018, Santa Anita Park race track is set to reopen on Friday, March 29, 2019, pending approval from the California Horse Racing Board (CHRB).

Following the cancellation of last week's scheduled meeting, the CHRB is set to meet on Thursday, March 28 to approve the reopening of the park. 

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Go Vegan and Save Water This #WorldWaterDay!

hand-holding-waterMarch 22 marks World Water Day a global observance dedicated to raising awareness for the world's current water crisis.

With an apropos theme for 2019 of "Leaving no one behind," World Water Day aims to address the more than 2 billion people around the world that lack access to clean water.

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New York Lawmaker Introduces Statewide Fur Ban

foxEarlier this week, New York State Assemblymember Linda B. Rosenthal (D-Manhattan) introduced anti-fur legislation that, if passed, would ban the manufacture and sale of animal pelts statewide by January 1, 2021  the New York Post reports.

This falls on the heels of California's proposed statewide fur ban the Fur Products Prohibition Act, AB 44 which recently passed its first hearing in the California Assembly's Water, Parks, and Wildlife Committee.

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Iowa Governor Signs "Freedom-Crushing" Ag-Gag Bill Into Law

3.18.19On Thursday, March 14, Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds signed SF 519 (also known as Ag-Gag 2.0) into law effective immediately, making "agricultural production facility trespass" a crime and allowing for the prosecution of those that use deception or conspire with others in order to gain access to agricultural facilities "with the intent to cause physical or economic harm or other injury to the agricultural production facility's operations, agricultural animals, crop, owner, personnel, equipment, building, premises, business interest, or customer."

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LCA Calls for Closure of Santa Anita Racetrack After 22nd Death

3.15.19LCA is calling for the closure of Santa Anita Park racetrack in Southern California following the death of 3-year-old filly Princess Lili B, who was euthanized on Thursday, March 14, after suffering a serious injury while working out at the track. This marks the 22nd horse to die at the track since the season started in December 2018.

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New York Could Become Third State to Ban the Sale of Puppy Mill Pets

March.14.19Two New York legislators  Sen. Michael Gianaris (D-Queens) and Assemblymember Linda Rosenthal (D-Manhattan) — have introduced legislation that would prohibit the sale of dogs, cats, and rabbits in pet stores across the state. If passed, the bill (S.4234/A.6298) would make New York the third state in the nation  following California and Maryland  to ban the sales of pets from puppy mills and breeders.

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Statewide Fur Ban Passes First Vote in the California Assembly

3.14.19On Tuesday, March 12, California's proposed statewide fur ban the Fur Products Prohibition Act, AB 44 passed its first hearing in the California Assembly's Water, Parks, and Wildlife Committee with a vote of 10-4, putting California on track to become the first state in the nation to outlaw fur.

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Los Angeles Animal Services Commission Unanimously Votes in Favor of Rodeo Ban

3.12.19On Tuesday, March 12, the Board of Animal Services Commissioners unanimously approved a motion recommending Mayor Eric Garcetti and the LA City Council to prohibit rodeo events in Los Angeles.

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In Honor of Sam Simon—A Note from LCA's Founder and President Chris DeRose

Sam Simon and beloved dogFour years ago today, on March 8, 2015, my dear friend Sam Simon passed away at the age of 59. Although he may be gone, Sam's kindness and generous spirit will never be forgotten.

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LCA & ALW's "Stop the Villain Truck" Campaign Aims to End S. Korea's Dog Meat Trade

3.7.19Filled with fake, stuffed dogs to resemble the real trucks used to transport dogs from farms to slaughterhouses  LCA and S. Korean sister organization Animal Liberation Wave's (ALW) "Stop the Villain Truck" is raising awareness for the barbaric slaughter of dogs in S. Korea's dog meat trade.

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Santa Anita Race Track Closes Indefinitely After 21st Horse Death

3.5.19Following the 21st horse death at Santa Anita Park race track in Southern California, the park closed its track on Tuesday, March 5 and suspended future racing indefinitely in order for experts to conduct "additional extensive testing" of the track's soil.

In total, an alleged 23 horses have died since the start of the meet on December 26, 2018 — two of which park officials have not included in the total death toll due to them being considered "non-racing" deaths. 

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It's National Horse Protection Day—5 Ways LCA Is Helping Horses

horseFor over 35 years, LCA has worked tirelessly to expose animal cruelty and make real change for animals. 

In honor of the 14th Annual National Horse Protection Day (also known as World Horse Day)an observance that raises awareness for the plight of horses around the globehere are five LCA campaigns and investigations that are dedicated to helping horses:

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Many Circuses Are Still Exploiting Animals—Here's How You Can Help!

2.28.19As of late, there have been numerous victories for animals used in circuses: on December 14, 2018, Gov. Phil Murphy signed Nosey's Lawlegislation named after "Nosey", a 36-year-old elephant that made headlines after being rescued from the decades of horrific abuse and neglect she experienced in a traveling circusmaking New Jersey the first state to outlaw the use of wild and exotic animals in traveling acts; and just one week later, on December 21, Hawaii followed suit by becoming the second state to ban wild animal circus acts!

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3 Ways to Help Polar Bears on International Polar Bear Day

2.27.19Observed annually on February 27th, International Polar Bear Day aims to raise awareness for the challenges polar bears commonly face in the wild. Due to the ever-rising global temperatures, International Polar Bear Day also highlights the threat of habitat loss that polar bears are currently facing as a result of global warming.

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LCA's Bull Riding Protest at the Staples Center in Los Angeles Was a Success!

2.25.19On Saturday, February 23, 2019, LCA held a demonstration at the Staples Center in Los Angeles to protest the Professional Bull Riders' (PBR) Unleash the Beast Tour showcasing its exhibition of animal cruelty for their "Iron Cowboy" bull riding competition.

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LCA and ALW Launch "Stop the Villain Truck" Campaign

2.21.19LCA and S. Korean sister organization Animal Liberation Wave (ALW) launched the "Stop the Villain Truck" campaign today in Gwanghwamun Square in Seoul, S. Korea's capital city, to raise awareness for the barbaric slaughter of dogs in S. Korea's dog meat trade ahead of the upcoming session of the country's National Assembly.

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February 26th is World Spay Day!

2.18.19February is Spay/Neuter Awareness Month, and February 26th marks the 25th Annual World Spay Day, an international day of action that draws attention to the importance of spaying and neutering pets for the purpose of reducing the overpopulation of dogs and cats.

Each year, over 6 million companion animals wind up in pet shelters across the nation; the lucky ones are adopted out into loving, forever homes.

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Victory for NYC Carriage Horses: Horse Hack Line to Be Moved into Central Park!

2.15.19On August 30, 2018, the NYC Department of Transportation submitted new draft rules outlining NYC Mayor de Blasio's plan to move the current horse-drawn carriage hack line out of busy traffic and into car-free Central Park. In a major victory for NYC carriage horses, the Department of Transportation has announced this move will finally be taking place!

The hack line move will officially take place once the Department of Transportation installs signage and completes minor construction in Central Park. 

This was a long-awaited victory for carriage horses that LCA has worked tirelessly to achieve as carriage horses are often forced to work nine hours a day, seven days a week in extreme weather conditions, surrounded by blaring horns, noisy construction, and exhaust fumes that are prevalent on New York City's congested city streets.

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February 14 is Pet Theft Awareness Day—Here's How to Keep Your Pets Safe!

2.14.19Founded by LCA in 1988 to raise awareness for the issue of pet theft and educate the public on how best to protect their companion animals from the hands of unscrupulous thieves, National Pet Theft Awareness Day (PTAD) is observed annually on Valentine's Daya day that often sees a considerable spike in pet thefts.

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