The ASPCA’s Public Policy Priorities



A former creative director’s assistant who was part of several successful marketing campaigns, Hampton Barringer Luzak is now a self-employed real estate investor who primarily restores historical late-1700s houses in Connecticut and South Carolina. Having rescued several dogs from no-kill shelters, Hampton Luzak is a proud supporter of the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA).

Since its creation in 1866, the ASPCA has championed the protection of animals and successfully advocated for the passing of hundreds of anti-cruelty laws at the local, state, and federal levels. Its current public policy priority issues include fighting puppy mills, supporting the growth of free or low-cost spay/neuter programs, halting all cockfighting and dog fighting operations, and enacting Cost of Care laws for animals that have been taken from their homes as a result of legal battles. Supporters of the ASPCA receive regular updates on the nonprofit’s work in these advocacy areas through its online Advocacy Brigade program.

Another important goal for the ASPCA is to protect horses from slaughter, and it celebrated a major victory in that regard with the passing of an omnibus appropriations bill by Congress on February 14. The bill reinstates a provision in the previous annual spending bill that was first enacted in 2005 and prevents government agencies from funding horse slaughter inspections. The bill also included protections for wild horses, farm animals, and dogs.