Blog Archive: Advocacy

Stop the Yulin Dog Meat Festival

Each year during the summer solstice, thousands of dogs are rounded up off the streets or stolen from their homes, crammed into tiny wire cages, stacked on trucks, and make their way to a grim and brutal death at the Yulin Dog Meat Festival.

When Doing Less is More


Kangaroos—iconic animals, loved around the world, and sadly, the targets of brutal slaughter. Luckily, Californians have the power to help.

The story begins four decades ago, when California banned the import of kangaroo parts in 1971. In 2007, at the urging of the Australian government and kangaroo skin exporters, the state put a moratorium on the ban, allowing the sale of kangaroo-skin products.

Join us! California Humane Lobby Day


Do you want to help protect elephants? Sign up today to join the San Francisco SPCA and other animal welfare organizations and advocates from across the state for California Humane Lobby Day in Sacramento on Tuesday, June 23rd!

You're Invited: Saving Lives Through Advocacy, A Discussion With Jennifer Fearing

California Capitol

Bay Area advocates, have you ever wondered how to flex your political and advocacy muscle to have a positive impact on animals every day? Do you want to get involved in two major elephant protection bills but not sure where to start? Please join the San Francisco SPCA on Wednesday, May 27th for an exciting discussion with Jennifer Fearing, President of Fearless Advocacy.

Dog Meat Farms—An Industry that Must End

The San Francisco SPCA is a proud Emergency Placement Partner for Humane Society International, and last week opened our doors to fifty-seven dogs rescued from a dog meat farm in Korea Watching the video and seeing the faces of these beautiful and brave dogs enter the shelter was a bittersweet and emotional experience. These dogs are safe; they’ll receive love and the happy lives that all animals deserve.

You're Invited: Special Guest Speaker Adam Parascandola

© HSUS: Adam Parascandola and Billy, dog rescued from puppy mill

Bay Area advocates, please join the San Francisco SPCA, Humane Society International and your fellow animal lovers in San Francisco on Thursday, March 19th for an exciting discussion with guest Speaker Adam Parascandola, the Director of Animal Protection and Crisis Response for Humane Society International! 

Support the Research Animal Adoption Bill

© Beagle Freedom Project: beagle freed in bay area

Beagles are commonly used in research, in part, because they are easy to care for and have gentle dispositions.  These same characteristics make them great family pets. 

But beagles and other animals used in research often spend their lives in cages, some only to end up euthanized when they are no longer needed. Currently, no federal or California laws cover their post-research treatment.  

Time to celebrate, animal advocates!

Elephants in Circus

It's the end of an era for the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus’s controversial elephant shows.  Feld Entertainment, the Ringling Bros. parent company, announced Thursday that it will be phasing out its elephant performances by 2018. The 13 Asian elephants currently travelling with the circus will be moved to Florida to join Ringling Bros. Center for Elephant Conservation.