Advocacy Blog

Saying "No" to Animal Circus Cruelty

Circus Tigers

When it comes to protecting circus animals, there’s a lot to be thankful for in California. San Francisco recently became the largest U.S. city to ban exotic animal performances. Oakland and Los Angeles have both banned the bullhook, a weapon used to control circus elephants. With Senate Bill 716, California could soon become the first state in the nation to stop bullhook abuse. Amid growing public concern, Ringling Bros.

Justice for Blaze's Cubs

Yellowstone Grizzly and Cub

An eye for an eye makes the whole world blind. Yesterday, a Yellowstone grizzly bear named Blaze fell victim to the blind and archaic notion that if a wild animal kills, it must be killed in return. This is an extremely tragic situation on all fronts. A man has lost his life, an endangered mother grizzly bear has lost her life, and the future is uncertain for her two cubs.

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.

For a Bullhook Free California

Elephant Bullhook

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.