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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

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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Six animal-friendly alternatives to eggs

By |January 17, 2023|Categories: Advocacy|

This article was originally published in the Marin Independent Journal.  Recently, the San Francisco Chronicle published an article on the availability of eggs in Bay Area grocery stores. The pun-laden piece interviewed customers and shared some of their theories as [...]

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Prop 26 Provides a Financial “Lifeline” to the Horseracing Industry with a Terrible Animal Safety Record

By |October 11, 2022|Categories: Advocacy|

Organizations across the state dedicated to the humane treatment of animals have come together to announce their opposition to Proposition 26 which will be on the November 2022 ballot. Prop 26 contains a provision that allows in-person sports betting at [...]

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Declawing is unnecessary and inhumane

By |June 10, 2022|Categories: Advocacy|

Recently, a beautiful cat with bright green eyes and a pink nose named Sunny was surrendered to Marin Humane for biting her guardian five times. It didn’t take long to learn the likely reason Sunny was biting—she’d been declawed. Declawing, [...]

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There’s always more to the story when people give up their pets

By |May 24, 2022|Categories: Advocacy|

By now, you’ve likely seen the heartbreaking photo of a dog named Baby Girl that was tied to a fire hydrant with a bag of food and toys, along with a heart-wrenching note from her guardian about why she couldn’t [...]

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