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Since its founding in 1907, Marin Humane has been a leading voice when it comes to advocating for animals. It’s something ingrained in our DNA. We keep our finger on the pulse of important issues, collaborate with other advocates, lend our voice when needed, and lobby for change. Marin Humane has more than 100 position and policy statements on issues ranging from the use of rodenticides and poisons to livestock practices to ear cropping and tail docking. Read our Marin Humane position statements.

Comprised of board members, staff, and community advocates, our Advocacy Committee advances our efforts and hones in on key issues. The committee is made up of a diverse group of passionate people–from a former prosecutor, to a veterinarian, to an expert in animal law, and others. The committee tracks local and national legislation related to animals, focusing on three key areas on which to concentrate the board’s attention and recommend action to the staff of Marin Humane.

  • Farm animal welfare
  • Pets bred for retail sale (puppy mills)
  • Wild animals used in entertainment

The Advocacy Committee has played a leading or major role in virtually all of California’s animal welfare improvements in recent decades, including:

  • Banning trophy hunting of mountain lions (Prop 117, 1990)
  • Banning traps & poisons on wildlife (Prop 4, 1998)
  • Developing the first county-funded nonlethal predator program (2000)
  • Establishing local regulations for all animal business entities
  • Developing state legislation strengthening animal neglect and cruelty statutes.

Be sure to sign up for our newsletter, check this page for the latest information, and follow us on social media to hear the latest issues related to animals and to learn how you can make your voice heard, too!


Dolphins belong in the wild, not in tanks

Categories: Advocacy
With complex psychological and physiological needs, dolphins are stressed in captivity. (Simon Mettler/Pixabay)
By Robin Rodi, originally published in the Marin Independent Journal. Now that the temperatures are warmer and the days are longer, you may be making plans to get your kids outside as much possible. There are lots of options out there — everything from hiking the Marin Headlands to visiting Alcatraz to attending a Giants …

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Time is running out! Sign the petition to prevent cruelty to farm animals.

Categories: Advocacy, Blog
In 2008, Californians overwhelmingly passed Prop 2, the landmark legislation regarding the cruel confinement of certain farm animals. Two years later, the legislature enacted an additional law applying Prop 2’s standards to eggs sold statewide, regardless of whether they came from California hens or not. While California may have been on the cutting edge then, …

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Upgrading California’s humane standards for farm animals

Categories: Advocacy
By Nancy McKenney; originally published in the Marin Independent Journal on 1/1/18 For most of us who chose to make California our home, the state’s progressive policies are what make it a great place to live. California has always been on the forefront of important issues, including environmental protection, equal rights and animal welfare. In …

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Join the campaign to prevent farm animal cruelty!

Categories: Advocacy
Prevent Cruelty California is a coalition of organizations working to place a critical measure on the November 2018 ballot to upgrade California’s laws relating to the extreme confinement of farm animals. The issue It’s cruel and inhumane to lock animals in cages for their whole lives. Such confinement causes the animals to suffer and increases …

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