Advocacy Blog

For a Bullhook Free California

Advocates—because of your tireless work and dedication, 2015 is shaping up to be the year of the elephant! In 2013, Los Angeles was the first major city in California to ban bullhooks, with Oakland following at the end of 2014.

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!

Ringling Circus Elephants

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.

Oppose the King Amendment to the Farm Bill Today

Caged hens

The House-passed version of this year’s Farm Bill contains a dangerous provision from Rep. Steve King (R-IA) that would gut many existing state and local laws protecting animals and public safety, including laws that address farm animal confinement, puppy mills, horse slaughter and shark finning. The San Francisco SPCA asks that concerned citizens please contact their representatives now to urge them to strike the King Amendment (Sec. 11312) from the House-passed Farm Bill (H.R.

Please Don't Go to the Circus, Bay Area

Circus elephant in chains

As Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus visits the Bay Area in August and September, the San Francisco SPCA asks its supporters to help stop the unquestionable suffering of animals in circuses by refusing to support Ringling Bros. and other traveling animal circuses, and by encouraging others to do the same.