Trump Presidency has had more negative impact on animal protection—Humane Society President

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The President of The Humane Society of the United States has suggested that the Trump Presidency has had an overall negative impact on animal welfare so far.

Donald Trump gave his State of the Union address this week following a month-long government shutdown.

Assessing how animals have fared under his leadership HSUS CEO and President Kitty Block pointed to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and National Marine Fisheries Service proposed weakening the Endangered Species Act and the Department of the Interior proposing to roll back an Obama-era regulation that banned hunting practices on 20 million acres of federal public lands in Alaska.

In a blog post they also looked at positive things that have happened in terms of animal welfare of the past two years such as the Food and Drug Administration's pledge to conduct an independent, third-party investigation of the agency’s animal research programs and the Environmental Protection Agency releasing its strategic plan to promote the development and implementation of non-animal test methods.

In the blog post, called A Humane World, Kitty Block said:

"President Trump has expressed his personal distaste for trophy hunting—to his credit, but in the past two years, we have also seen aggressive moves by the Department of the Interior and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to undo years of work done by previous administrations to save wildlife at risk of extinction globally and in Alaska.
"Moreover, the government has made blatant handouts to trophy hunters. The animal protection field has also had to grapple with a U.S. Department of Agriculture blackout of important information that groups like ours and the American public rely upon to ensure animals are not suffering.
"On balance, it would be fair to say that the impact of federal agencies over the past two years on animal protection has been more negative than positive."

The post also suggested ways in which the Trump administration can prioritize key animal welfare reforms including having the Department of the Interior abandon past proposals to send wild horses and burros to slaughter and mitigating the harm being caused to the critically endangered North Atlantic right whale.

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