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Can you help the animals with your e-mails?

Story ID:5049
Written by:Suzana Margaret Megles (bio, contact, other stories)
Story type:Musings, Essays and Such
Location:various various usa
Year:2009
Person:various
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I just received the May '09 issue of Animal People. Two headlines immediately
caught my eye - "Hurt crabs feel pain" and "India balks at EU mention of animal
welfare in trade pact." The second one does not bode well for the animals in India.
Per Animal People- this is due to the concerted effort of the Indian pharmaceutical
industry. They began this effort to undo the favorable January 2002 rulings
which former Indian federal animal minister Maneka Gandhi was able to win
for the animals in the Supreme Court of India. These allowed her to close
5 anti even manufacturing firms for violating animal care standards. Sadly, in
mid-2002- an alliance of pharamaceutical manufacturers as well as a group of
animal sacrifice practioners were able to push Mrs. Gandhi from office as well
as other animal advocates.

Not surprisingly, the proposed regulatory changes are based on the
recommendations of "50 top executives of drug makers such as Ranbaxy,
Biocon, Wockhardt, Pfizer, Wyeth, and F.Hoffmann La Roche." How fragile are
the dedicated efforts of compassionate people like Maneka Gandhi.

Is Gandhi a common name in India like Smith in the US or is she descended
from the Mohatmas Gandhi of such amazing accomplishments? (Checking
the internet - she is a Gandhi through marriage to Sanjaj Gandhi who was
killed in an airplane crash. Her mother-in-law -Indira while being acqainted
with the Mohatmas was not related to him.)

Re the crab headline - Robert Elwood of the School of Biological Sciences at
Queen's University in Belfast, Northern Ireland reported on March 17, 2009
"With vertebrates we are asked to err on the side of caution and I believe
this is the approach to take with crustaceans."

This announcement was followed by something I have waited a long time to
hear from a TV reporter: "Ripping the legs off live crabs and crowding lobsters
into seafood market tanks are just two of the many practices that may
warrant reassessment" warned Jennifer Viegas of the Discovery Channel.
Years ago I watched on 20/20 a TV reporter cavalierly report on lobster
suffering. I believe that I even wrote to her about her lack of compassion.
I doubt that she responded.

Re Viegas' remark -I agree. I agree. Just this past week when grocery
shopping I caught the manager's eye and looking at the lobster tank said -
"I don't like this." Of course, he could only shrug his shoulders, and I didn't
even wait for a response. What could he say? As long as people have to have
lobster- he has to provide these long suffering creatures who are soon to face
an even bleaker fate - being dunk into scalding hot water. At least one
Cleveland chef said that he pierces the lobster's brain before the dunking
to prevent further suffering.

I'm so glad that I was once invited to a lobster dinner "treat." Somehow I
missed it, and I have always been grateful that I did. And I've never eaten
crab either. How can people think that pulling the legs of a live crab is not
hurtful? I also read that many of the fish, frogs, crabs, etc. who are sold in
live Chinese markets are horribly man-handled as well. If anyone doesn't
believe this - then go to the internet and search -Live Chinese Food Markets.

I also received a Humane Farming legislative guide in the mail today. You may
have too. It lists some of the Federal and State Goverments bills re animal
issues. You may groan when you see it. You may decide that you should skip
reading it but -PLEASE DON'T. It took me quite a while to type this and reading
each bill -you will come to see just how wonderful some of our legislators are
and how terribly unconcern others are.

Tomorrow I will tackle the Federal issues since Ohio does not have any
bills listed. I am rather tired with all the typing I did to spread the word. I
hope that those of you who say you care about animals will take the time and
print whatever you can address re these bills. My sister once asked if she
should forward a certain post re animals I wrote to those she claims "love"
animals. I responded - if people do nothing for the animals --then they really
don't love them. By all means Anna - send this post to all the animal lovers
you know.

If we want to make compassionate changes for our long-suffering animals
then a step in that direction is addressing the 4 Federal Bills and those bills
which apply to the state in which you live.

It is incredibly simple to find information re our legislators on the internet so
I hope this will not be an excuse for not addressing these issues. This site
may be of help- www.votesmart.org.

FEDERAL LEGISLATION:

1. PRESERVATION OF ANTIBIOTICS FOR MEDICAL TREATMENT ACT (S.619)
SUPPORT --This Act would help curb the misuse of antibiotics on factory
farms and the development of resistant strains of bacteria. Factory farms are
able to confine large numbers of animals in squalid indoor facilities only
through the continuous use of antibiotics and other drugs. S.619 would help
preserve the effectiveness of medically important antibiotics used in the
treatment of human and animal diseases.

ACTION: Please contact your senators to ask them to co-sponsor the Preservation
of Antibiotics for Medical Treatment Act (S.619) by Senator Edward Kennedy
(D-MA)

2. PREVENTION OF EQUINE CRUELTY ACT (H.R.503/S.727) SUPPORT
This Act would ban the inhumane transport of our nations' horses to Mexico
and Canada for slaughter. This bill is a follow up to last year's legislation that
banned the commercial slaughter of American horses for overseas markets.
It is now vital that we follow up by passing legislation to protect horses from
agonizing journeys across our borders where they are still brutally slaughtered
for the horsemeat trade.

ACTION: Please contact your congressperson and senators to ask them to co-
sponsor the Prevention of Equine Cruelty Act (H.R. 503 by Rep. John Conyers
(D-MI and S.727 by Sen. Mary Landrieu (D-LA)

3. FACTORY FARM POLLUTION EXEMPTION (S.527) OPPOSE
This ill-intended legislation is designed to shield factory farms from paying
potential fees to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Recent studies
conclusively show that animal agriculture is responsible for vast amounts of
methane and other greenhouse gasses. S.527 is a cynical industry attempt
to allow factory farms to further evade environmental accountability.

ACTION: Please contact your senators to ask them to vote NO on S.527 by
Senator John Thune (R-SD).

STATE LEGISLATION:

1. CALIFORNIA - BAN ON TAIL DOCKING OF DAIRY COWS (S.B.) 135) -
SUPPORT. Commonly performed without anesthesia, "tail docking" is the
painful amputation of up to two-thirds of a dairy cow's tail. This is done solely
for the convenience of dairy producers and has no legitimate veterinary purpose.
Tail docking is opposed by the American Veterinary Medical Assn.

ACTION: Cal. residents --Please contact your state senator and assemblymember
to urge their YES on S.B. 135 by Sen. Dean Florez. (Thank you Sen. Dean
Florez).

2.CALIFORNIA - EGGS FROM BATTERY-CAGED HENS (A.B 1437) SUPPORT
As a follow up to Prop. 2 (A.B.1437) would- beginning in 2015 prohibit the
importation into California of eggs produced by hens confined in battery cages.

ACTION: Cal. residents --Please contact your state assemblymember to urge
his/her YES vote on A.B. 1437 by Assemblyman Jared Huffman. (Thank you
Assemblyman Huffman).

3. ILLINOIS -BAN ON TAIL DOCKING OF COWS (S.B 1336) SUPPORT
(Please refer to the Cal. tail docking explanation above)

ACTION: Illinois residents. Please contact your state senator to urge his/her YES
vote on S.B. 1336. (Thank you Senator Antonio Munoz)

4. ILLINOIS-BAN ON INTENSIVE CONFINEMENT OF PIGS, CALVES, LAYING
HENS (S.B.1337)--SUPPORT

S.B. 1337 would prohibit the cruel confinement of pigs, veal calves, and laying
hens in crates and cages so small that the animals are unable to lie down,
stand up, fully extend their limbs, or turn around.

ACTION: Illinois residents. Please contact your state senator to urge his/her
YES vote on S.B. 1337 by Senator James DeLeo. (Thank you Sen. James DeLeo).

5. MAINE-DIRECTS AG DEPARTMENT TO DEVELOP "STANDARDS" (L.D. 692--
OPPOSE

L.D. 692 is yet another ploy by the agribusiness lobby to undermine the
enactment and enforcement of state anti-cruelty laws and perpetuate the
use of battery cages. This bill would direct the Commissioner of Agriculture, Food,
and Rural Resources to develop "regulations" for the poultry industry. This
legislation is reminiscent of the corrupt New Jersey legislation which triggered
that state's infamous "humane guidelines" that served only to codify cruel
factory farm practices.

ACTION: MAINE RESIDENTS. Please contact your state representative to urge
him/her to OPPOSE L.D.692 by Sen. John Nutting.

6. NEBRASKA-BILL TO PROMOTE/ENCOURAGE FACTORY FARMING (L.B. 646)
--OPPOSE

L.B. 646 would provide government funding to counties that encourage and
facilitate the further development of large-scale livestock operations. The state
should be passing laws to prevent the expansion of factory farms rather than
perpetuating farm animal cruelty and environmental degradation.

ACTION: NEBRASKA RESIDENTS. Please contact your state senator to urge him/
her to OPPOSE L.B. 646 by Senator Mark Christensen.

7.OKLAHOMA: AGRIBUSINESS POWER GRAB (H.B.2151)/S.B.452) --OPPOSE

The Oklahoma state legislature is considering legislation which would prevent
municipal and county governments from passing any regulations regarding the
handling of livestock. This is not only an insult upon farm animals and the
environment, but also an affront to the democratic process. This bill constitutes
a power grab by agribusiness corporations that are concerned with growing
public awareness and opposition to industrialized agriculture.

ACTION: OKLAHOMA RESIDENTS. Please contact your state legislators to urge
them to OPPOSE H.B. 2151 by Rep. Don Armes and S.B.452 by Sen. Mke Schulz.

8. SOUTH CAROLINA-PROHIBITS LOCAL FARM ANIMAL ORDINANCES (S.B.453)
-- OPPOSE

As is the case in Oklahoma, the South Carolina state legislature is also
considering legislation which would prevent municipal and county governments
from passing any regulations regarding the handling of livestock. This is not
only an assault upon farm animals and the environment, but also an affront to
the democratic process. This bill constitutes a power grab by agribusinness
corporations that are concerned with growing public awareness and opposition
to industrialized agriculture.

ACTION: SOUTH CAROLINA RESIDENTS. This bill has passed the Senate and
has moved to the House. Please contact your state representative to urge him/
her to OPPOSE S.B. 453.

9. TEXAS-PROHIBITIONS ON COCKFIGHTING (H.B. 1320) --SUPPORT

H.B. 1320 would make it illegal to own or operate a facility used for cockfighting.
It would also make it illegal to own cockfighting equipment to train birds to fight,
or to attend a cockfight.

ACTION: TEXAS RESIDENTS. Please contact your state representative to urge
his/her YES vote on H.B. 1320 by Rep. Wayne Christian. (Thank you Rep. Christian).

Thank you- if you take the time to contact your legislators -thereby making
a statement that you do care about animal suffering.