Ag-gag No Go

Paws Up!pawsupThe Ag-gag bill did not come up for vote in Kentucky, which would have banned undercover investigators from filming inside of factory farms.
To the Kentucky legislature for adjourning before considering a bill detrimental to the free flow of information on factory farms.

Several states have, over the past few years, tried to stifle undercover reports of unsavory conditions in factory farms by passing “ag-gag” laws. While Kentucky had such a bill before its legislature this session, the members adjourned before the bill could be brought to a vote. The bill would have banned filming or recording inside a factory farm.

We should all know how our food is being produced. Without undercover investigators, we would never know of the abuse, filth, and poor animal husbandry practices that occur in some factory farms throughout the country.

Animal cruelty must be exposed and dealt with and often that requires investigators have the freedom to gather information and document such inhumane acts.

Take Action: Residents of Kentucky, thank your legislators for not acting on the ag-gag bill and encourage them to not pursue it again. Residents of other states, if your legislators are considering enacting ag-gag legislation, let them know you do not want such laws passed in your state. You want to know what is happening on factory farms in your state.

The Ag-gag bill did not come up for vote in Kentucky, which would have banned undercover investigators from filming inside of factory farms.

Loss of life…for lipstick?

Consumers must use their purchasing power in order to support those companies offering cruelty-free products.

Beauty shouldn’t rely on pain and suffering.

When the European Union, which consists of 28 countries, along with Israel and India ban cosmetic testing on animals, it’s time the United States joined in. HR 4148, the Humane Cosmetics Act, will bring the U.S. in line with these countries in banning the use of animals in testing personal care items, such as shampoo, lipstick, and hand lotion. It is totally indefensible to continue to use animals in cosmetic testing when non-animal alternatives have existed for years.

To learn more about the cruelty done to animals in laboratory settings, read Is a Mouse a Human.

Please contact your representatives and urge them to support HR 4148, the Humane Cosmetics Act.

 

 

 

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Cats should keep their toes.

They're perfect just the way they are.

They’re perfect just the way they are.

Where did my toes goes? Nowhere, if the Massachusetts legislature votes to enact SB 613, a bill that would prohibit landlords from requiring cats to be declawed as a condition of occupancy for renters.

We humans may be inconvenienced by the behavior some of our cats display but that does not give us the right to surgically remove part of their paws, nor does it give a landlord the right to require us to declaw our cat as a condition of tenancy. Declawing involves the surgical removal of the first joint of each of the cat’s toes. As with any surgery, there are risks, including misshapen toes, claws that grow back, and pain at the surgical site. Some of these risks require further surgery. Additionally, the American Veterinary Medical Association believes that declawing is not a medically necessary procedure for cats in most cases.

Massachusetts residents, contact your legislators and encourage them to support SB 613.

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Service Animal Fraud

Many people are fraudulently identifying their animals as service animals in order to receive certain disability rights.

Many people are fraudulently identifying their animals as service animals in order to receive certain disability rights.

In a world where nothing seems to surprise us any more, there seems to be a new surprise—people fraudulently applying for service animals or purchasing service paraphernalia to identify animals who are not trained as service animals. The New Hampshire legislature is considering a bill, HB 1568, an act relative to service animals, that would make it a “crime to impersonate a person with a disability in order to receive a service animal or service animal accessories.”

The Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA) grants certain rights to people with service animals and prohibits discrimination related to them. Service dogs, in particular, are the most often recognized animals who help perform tasks for people who have mental and physical disabilities. As the number of pet owners trying to pass their animals off as service animals grows, there may be a backlash against those who are validly entitled to use service animals.

The ADA does not require animals to be certified; it does require an owner to have documentation of a disability.

New Hampshire residents can contact their representatives to encourage them to support HB 1568. Residents of other states, contact your legislators to see if there are laws in your state. If not, ask them to sponsor a law that would protect the rights of service animals and their owners and punish those who fraudulently misrepresent their animals as service animals.

Nonhuman Primates Are Not Pets

Michigan legislature may soon be voting on a bill that would prohibit the ownership of nonhuman primates as pets.

Michigan legislature may soon be voting on a bill that would prohibit the ownership of nonhuman primates as pets.

The Michigan state legislature has a bill before it, SB 669, which will prohibit the ownership of nonhuman primates as pets. Exotic animals do not belong in the hands of private owners or hobbyists. The trade in exotic animals brings much pain, suffering, and sometimes death to the animals and often harm to the humans who come into contact with them.

Michigan residents, please contact your legislators and let them know you are in favor of their passing SB 669. Residents of other states, please contact your legislators and let them know that you want stricter controls on who can own wild and exotic animals in your state.

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Massachusetts Considers Overhaul of Animal Cruelty Laws

Animal cruelty laws in the state of Massachusetts may soon be more stringent with increased fines involved.

Animal cruelty laws in the state of Massachusetts may soon be more stringent with increased fines involved.

The Massachusetts state legislature is considering a major change in its animal cruelty laws. SB 1914 will provide for a police animal cruelty hotline, require veterinarians to report animal cruelty, increase fines for first-time and repeat offenders of animal cruelty, and establish a registry for convicted animal abusers, along with other provisions.

We must all be vigilant in reporting animal cruelty. But we also need laws that are clearly written and stringently enforced. We must never tolerate abuse of any living being. In addition, understanding the cycle of violence can help all of us stop abuse before it starts.

Massachusetts residents, please contact your legislators and ask them to support SB 1914. For residents of other states, please make sure your animal cruelty laws are the best that can be provided to protect you and the animals of your state.

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