Posted on February 28, 2014 by David
Over the last several years, a number of different constituencies have worked hard to advance legislation to ban exotic animals (elephants, tigers, lions, etc.) from circuses. There is now a bill pending in committee in the New York state legislature. Below follows a press release from one of the groups working on this issue:
Proposed NYS Legislation To Ban “Wild & Exotic Animals” in Entertainment.
This is to inform all residents of New York State that 2 bills (Assembly A5407 and Senate S5971) have been introduced which would ban the use of wild and exotic animals (elephants, lions, tigers, etc) in entertainment, including circuses.
THERE WILL BE NO ACTION TAKEN on these bills unless there is public support for them. It is crucial that voters call or email their New York State representatives to urge support of these bills (do a search online if you do not know who your representatives are). Supporters should also use social media to further publicize this very important legislation. Continue reading
Filed under: animal cruelty, animal law | Tagged: animal abuse, animal cruelty, animal ethics, animal law, circus animal legislation, circus animals, exotic animals | 7 Comments »
Posted on February 22, 2014 by Other Nations
Bumps and bruises: The “inadvertent cruelty” of factory farming. Mercy for Animals Idaho dairy photo; click image
Kathleen Stachowski Other Nations
“My Own Private Idaho.” You might know it as a ’90s era movie, but its new identity is being forged in the Idaho legislature right now. “My Own Private Idaho” could soon be how factory farm owners refer to their holdings–places where anything goes and no one knows–if ag-gag legislation is signed into law. But according to some, it goes far beyond undercover filming in animal agriculture settings. Continue reading
Filed under: animal advocacy, animal cruelty, animal rights, diet, environmental ethics, factory farms, fur farming | Tagged: ag-gag, ALEC, Idaho | 4 Comments »
Posted on February 16, 2014 by Other Nations
Looney Tunes/Warner Bros.-click image
Kathleen Stachowski Other Nations
From Killing Coyotes 101: “Don’t be squeamish about killing juvenile coyotes,” advises the text beneath a photo of a grown man grinning over a dead pup. “They will be practicing their hunting skills on your turkey poults, deer fawns, pigglets [sic] and livestock if you let them. so [sic] kill them when you can.”
If that seems harsh, keep in mind that it’s all in God’s design:
The Creator in His infinite wisdom made the coyote a ruthless, heartless, killing machine that is extremely suspicious and careful. … There are few more despicable creatures than the coyote, so you should never be afraid to hunt them in what we would normally think of as an “unsporting manner.”
~Killing Coyotes 101
But even despicable creatures have their price. A king-size coyote fur comforter (comforter–oh the bitter irony of that word!) is offered for sale at the special price of $5495.00, reduced from $6495.00. Continue reading
Filed under: animal cruelty, animal ethics, animal rights, environmental ethics, hunting | Tagged: coyote calling contests, coyotes, fur, trapping | 3 Comments »
Posted on February 16, 2014 by Seth
Although the Farm Bill is a comprehensive and nuanced piece of legislature that keeps food on our tables, perhaps the most notable part about this year’s version is something that is not in it: the “King Amendment”, a criticized hypocritical measure, did not make the final cut, due in part to a large outcry against stripping states of their ability to regulate their own agriculture. As The Huffington Post reports, industrial agriculture was checked on several other fronts as well, including measures that would have loosened corporations’ requirements for labeling animal products. It is also now a federal crime to attend or take a child under the age of sixteen to an animal fighting event. There are other very important aspects of the law, such as the reduction of Food Stamps and a drastic curtailing of farm subsidies. Still, when looking at what was at risk directly affecting animals, this one counts as a win.
Filed under: animal advocacy, animal welfare, factory farms | Tagged: animal advocacy, CAFOS, environmental advocacy, farm bill, industrial farming | 1 Comment »
Posted on February 1, 2014 by Seth
Taking further steps in the right direction, Merck, one of the largest drug producers in the world, announced last month that it is ending research on chimpanzees. Kathleen Conlee, vice president of animal research issues for The HSUS said: “Merck’s new biomedical research policy will save chimpanzees from unnecessary and painful experiments. Merck’s decision, and that of several other pharmaceutical companies, sends a strong message that private industry is moving away from chimpanzee research as the government has.”
Merck has made this commitment while simultaneously stating, “The company’s mission is to discover, develop, manufacture and market innovative medicines and vaccines that treat and prevent illness. Animal research is indispensable to this mission.” While that quotation ominously suggests that other animals will continue to be a part of the company’s research, the more hopeful interpretation is that while Merck relies on animal testing under FDA regulations for its drugs and other products, it joins other pharmaceutical companies recognizing that even though chimps might be valuable to this research, their welfare is more important, and other ways to test the products should be utilized.
Filed under: animal cruelty, animal ethics, animal experimentation, animal welfare, endangered species, exotic animals | Tagged: animal advocacy, animal cruelty, animal ethics, animal experimentation, animal rights, animal suffering, animal testing, animal welfare, animals, chimpanzees, endangered species, Endangered Species Act, exotic animals, HSUS, Merck, pharmaceuticals | 1 Comment »
Posted on February 1, 2014 by Seth
When we talk about animals and the law, we often focus on how those laws affect and (fail to) protect animals, how penalties for harming animals are developing, and also how animals are used to enforce the law. What about animals who are used to help rehabilitate people on the other side of the law? Dogs, our faithful best friends from the animal world, are the poster animals for rehab. Some of the most recognized examples are seeing-eye dogs, and with hundreds of soldiers returning with a plethora of physical and mental damage, service dogs for veterans continue to be in demand. But while America gladly clads itself in the garb of war heroes and the auspices of social care (insert partisan comment here), it is also houses 25% of the world’s incarcerated humans. What about those forgotten 2,266,800?
Filed under: animal advocacy, animal cruelty, animal rights, animal welfare, Uncategorized | Tagged: animal advocacy, animal rights, animal welfare, animals, incarceration, prison, puppies, Puppies Behind Bars, rehabilitation, seeing-eye dogs, veterans | 3 Comments »