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HR 4733 - for the Farm Animals

Story ID:5928
Written by:Suzana Margaret Megles (bio, contact, other stories)
Story type:Musings, Essays and Such
Location:various various USA
Year:2010
Person:Rep. Diane Watson of CA
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Today I read something from Deepak Chopra on Care 2 which I
liked very much. For me the salient point he made in this spiritual
post was that we shouldn't spend too much time basking in our
successes or contrary-wise, bewailing our failures. They are both
temporary conditions.

However, regarding the successes we realize in our efforts to alleviate
suffering to either humans or animals, is a very different scenerio
for often times these are not temporay conditions which we can forget.
I speak especially in regards to the inhumane treatment we accord our
farm animals in the cruel CAFOs. This failure of our country to correct
this indescribable cruelty to the animals who are limited in movement,
crammed in tight places, and denied even the simplest of pleasures is of
course not a "temporary" failure of countries
who use them.

Every day I pray the rosary so that these instruments of torture (CAFOs)
will be dismantled. At least per HSUS many supermarket chains have
taken steps to move away from products of producers who use cruel and
inhumane cages to confine farm animals. These producers are to be
commended for doing so: Wal-Mart, Harris Teeter, Winn-Dixie, Trader Joe's,
Whole Foods, Quiznos, Sonic, Hardee's and Carl's. May their good example
become contagious. May their humane concerns be blest.

I have always hoped that Congress and/or the President would address
this issue and today there is a glimmer of light and hope. On January 26,
2010 -ABC News aired the Brian Ross undercover video by Mercy for
Animals showing the horrors found in one factory farm. Rep. Diane
Watson of Cal, a 35-year congresswoman was horrified by what she saw.
Even though she recently announced that she intended to retire from
Congress at the end of the year, this 76-year old representative said she
would not be a do-nothing lame duck. On March 2, 2010, she introduced
HR 4733-

"To promote the well-being of farm animals by requiring Federal
agencies to procure food products derived from certain animals only from
sources that raised the animals free from cruelty and abuse."

As HSUS observed - if passed this Federal Bill would allow the government
to lead by example on farm animal welfare. They also mentioned that food
industry giants from Burger King to Hellmann's are making moves away
from some of the most inhumane factory farming practices and this new
federal bill adds support to the growing trend. Rep. Elton Gallegly, R-Cal. also
co-sponsored the Watson bill and today I e-mailed my Representative, Dennis
Kucinich of Ohio asking him to also co-sponsor and support this much needed bill.
I feel sure that he will.

I hope everyone who cares about this issue will also write or e-mail their
representative as well- to co-sponsor and support H.R. 4733. If it will be
encacted, it will make a big difference to the millions of animals being
raised for the federal government which spends more than $1 billion
purchasing animal products for a variety of programs and agencies. These
include the National School Lunch Program, the Armed Services and the
Bureau of Prisons.

I recently read that New York has two veal CAFOs with 1,000 calves in each.
That is no small suffering. How could we ever have come to do this to the
weakest of animals - baby male calves?

I had written to Provini Veal when they started using crates I believe in the
80's. I was quite frankly horrified by the response I received. More or less
the writer told me to put my money where my mouth was. Of course, its all
about money. The more calves you can incarcerate - the more money you
will realize. Who's worried about suffering? Certainly not the owners.