Above & Beyond

Being a voice for the voiceless.

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 a few of these statements here.

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.

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