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Marin Humane has advocated for all animals since it was founded in 1907. Our position and policy statements guide all of our work, from opposing the use of rodenticides to promoting coexistence with wildlife, opposing slaughter in Marin, and working to end the use of exotic animals for entertainment.

The Marin Humane Advocacy Committee is composed of nationally known and connected animal advocates who use education, legislation, and persuasion to create a humane world for every animal.
We currently focus on:

  • Unscrupulous online sales of pets bred for retail sale
  • Ending the use of exotic animals in entertainment

Read our Advocacy Blog to stay informed on current animal advocacy issues!

Marin Humane has played a leading or major role in virtually all of California’s animal welfare wins 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 non-lethal predator program (2000)
  • Establishing local regulations for all animal business entities
  • Developing stronger state animal neglect and cruelty statutes
  • Supporting California’s Bullhook Ban
  • Training humane officers all over the U.S. to spot cruel animal exhibits
  • Helped ban sale of foie gras in CA, fought legal challenges to that ban

Saving America’s free-roaming horses

By |April 3, 2024|Categories: Advocacy|

Marin Humane offers employees a paid, weeklong sabbatical related to animal welfare. I chose to spend this time volunteering at the Wild Horse Rescue Center in Webster, Florida. The large property with its sprawling trees and Spanish moss offers an [...]

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You’re invited to speak up for animals!

By |March 26, 2024|Categories: Advocacy|

Join us and animal advocates from across California at the state capital for Animal Advocacy Day! On April 16, we'll gather in Sacramento to learn about important pending legislation related to animals, then we'll meet with elected officials and make [...]

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Embrace compassionate choices this Thanksgiving

By |November 20, 2023|Categories: Advocacy|Tags: , , |

Several years ago, I had the pleasure of meeting a flock of rescued turkeys up close at a farmed animal sanctuary in New York state. If you’re familiar with the brown-feathered birds roaming Marin’s open spaces, you might be surprised [...]

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Don’t let animals get spooked this Halloween

By |October 18, 2023|Categories: Advocacy|Tags: |

As the countdown to Halloween begins, I’ve been stocking up on candy and dusting off the spooky décor to ready my house and yard for a night of trick-or-treating. My young daughter loves the decorations — and, let’s be honest, [...]

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Take Action! Urge your State Senator to support AB 1399 today.

By |August 25, 2023|Categories: Advocacy|Tags: , , |

With special thanks to our friends at San Diego Humane Society! A lifesaving bill that will allow veterinary telehealth in California needs your help! Ask your state senator to support AB 1399 today. Currently, by law, veterinarians can only give medical [...]

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Be bear aware. But don’t panic!

By |June 26, 2023|Categories: Advocacy|

Recently, a juvenile black bear has made a few appearances close to homes in Marin. Not surprisingly, this caused quite a stir but our friends at WildCare remind us that black bears are shy and absolutely prefer to avoid people. While awareness is important [...]

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