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HSUS Half time report from Congress re Animal issues

Story ID:5746
Written by:Suzana Margaret Megles (bio, contact, other stories)
Story type:The Writing Salon
Location:Various Various USA
Year:2010
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Many of us received a half time report from the HSUS re the Animal Issues
voted upon in the first half of the 111th Congress. While there were some good
votes for the animals, I was disappointed that the members of Congress saw
nothing wrong in allowing loaded guns to be brought into national parks where
families often visit.
I was more than disappointed when I learned that the House voted to retain an
amendment barring the EPA from collecting greenhouse gas emissions data from
the largest confined animal feeding operations. Obviously, it seems to me that
the large CAFO owners have quite a few congresspeople in their corner. For me
this is not only a blow to the environment and the issue of global warming, but it
probably stymies any efforts to change the way the animals are raised in the cruel,
confining CAFO operations.

The report carried the votes of both the House and the Senate, but here I will only
address the House voting issues the first half of the 111th Congress:

GREAT CATS/RARE CANIDS - PASSED House in April, Sponsor-Ray Inslee,
D-Washington. Will fund the conservation of rare felids and canids, such
as jaguars, leopards, cheetahs, and African wild dogs, in the animals' natural
ranges.

GUNS IN PARKS- FAILURE to vote against section 512 -introduced by Sen. Tom
Coburn, R-Okla. which removed the long-standing federal ban on carrying loaded
firearms in national parks.

WILD HORSES -PASSED House in July, sponsored by Reps. Nick Rahall, D-W.Va.;
Paul Grijalva, D-Ariz. H.R.1028 restored the prohibition on the commercial sale
and slaughter of wild free-roaming horses and burros and to provide for more
humane and effective management on the range. (We really need better BLM
management in my opinion.)

SEA OTTERS- PASSED House in July, Sponsor-Rep. Sam Farr, D-Calif. -establishes
a recovery program for the Southern sea otter who have been experiencing a
severe decline, with otters dying from bacteria, viruses, and parasites found in
urban sewage and from agricultural runoff.

MARINE TURTLES -PASSED in July, sponsored by Reps. Henry Brown, R-S.C.;
Madeleine Bordallo, D-Guam. Authorizes an additional five years of grants for
marine turtle conservation projects in foreign countries, expand eligibility to
include projects in the U.S. and increases authorized funding levels.

FACTORY FARMS/CLIMATE CHANGE- FAILURE to overturn an amendment
offered in committee by Rep. Tom Latham, R-Iowa to bar the EPA from collecting
greenhouse gas emissions data from the largest confined animal feeding
operations.

FUNDING LETTER-NEARLY ALL OF THE FUNDING SOUGHT WAS PROVIDED.
Those signing a group letter in April to the Agriculture Apropriations Subcommittee
seeking funds for the enforcement of the HUMANE METHODS OF SLAUGHER ACT,
ANIMAL WELFARE ACT, AND FEDERAL ANIMAL FIGHTING LAW. ETC. - Sponsors -
Reps. Earl Blumenauer, D-Ore.; Chris Smith, R-N.J.

I hope you take note of how your representative voted.