Posts Tagged ‘Legislation’

California assembly approves bill banning pets from drivers’ laps

May 6, 2008

The Assembly on Monday approved a bill that would ticket motorists $35 for the common practice of allowing dogs and cats on their laps while driving, though some pet owners oppose the bill.

State government statistics indicate 4,300 accidents daily are linked to driver distraction. A national study ranked pets among the top distractions. Experts say insurers are concerned.

Assemblyman Bill Maze, R-Visalia, whose Assembly Bill 2233 moved to the Senate on a 44-11 vote, said, “You have a potential major risk of an auto accident when you have a live pet that can be around in your face, in the steering wheel, down on the floor under your feet.”

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New York bans grisly electrocution of animals for fur

April 30, 2008

New York has become the first state in the nation to ban the electrocution of animals in a particularly gruesome way to harvest their fur.

The law bans the practice of anal and genital electrocution of fur-bearing animals, including mink, foxes, chinchillas and rabbits. The misdemeanor is punishable by up to a year in jail.

National animal rights advocates on Wednesday said they hope it will force similar measures in other states.

People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals wants to use the law to push other states to ban similar practices on farms, which are often hidden in rural areas where animals are born and bred unsheltered in cages.

“Anal electrocution is common practice in fur farms across the world,” said Melissa Karpel of the Norfolk, Va.-based PETA. “A lot of these methods aren’t effective and these animals will wake up while they are being skinned.”

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New Swiss law protects rights of ‘social’ animals

April 27, 2008

It is a world in which the goldfish are never lonely, the dogs are always obedient and the guinea-pigs are never tormented by children.

Under a new Swiss law enshrining rights for animals, dog owners will require a qualification, anglers will take lessons in compassion and horses will go only in twos.

From guinea-pigs to budgerigars, any animal classified as a “social species” will be a victim of abuse if it does not cohabit, or at least have contact, with others of its own kind.

The new regulation stipulates that aquariums for pet fish should not be transparent on all sides and that owners must make sure that the natural cycle of day and night is maintained in terms of light. Goldfish are considered social animals, or Gruppentiere in German.

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Alright, I’m all for protecting animals, but this legislation crosses the boundary between reasonable and ridiculous.

Switzerland, I’m sure you’re all good people, and I understand what you’re trying to do, but do you really want to mandate that all potential dog owners fund and complete a dog-ownership training program? Maybe it will work for you, but I’m pretty sure that if we tried something like that in the US, we’d just have a lot more homeless dogs on our hands. We just wouldn’t pay to take a class to prove our abilities as dog owners.

As for the rest of the law, well, I’m just too flabbergasted to say much more, and besides – it’s not my country, so it’s really not my business.

Hey reader, read this article for yourself and tell me what YOU think. 🙂

-Kitty Mowmow

N.J. Senator’s Bill Would Eliminate “Canned Hunting” of Exotic Animals

April 24, 2008

Today, U.S. Sen. Frank R. Lautenberg (D-NJ) introduced legislation that would prevent importing and confining exotic animals for the purpose of hunting.  This type of hunting, commonly known as “canned hunting,” is a brutal practice of placing an animal in an enclosure that severely limits its ability to escape.

“There is nothing sportsmanlike or skillful about shooting an animal that cannot escape.  The idea of a defenseless animal meeting a violent end as the target of a canned hunt is, at the very least, distasteful to many Americans,” said Lautenberg.  “Canned hunting is a form of brutality that has no place in our society.”

The Humane Society of the United States estimates that more than 1,000 canned hunting ranches offer non-native animals as targets in at least 28 states.  And prices for these animals depend on their rarity, ranging from $800 for a gazelle to up to $8,000 for an antelope.  Many states have made canned hunting illegal.

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Call for snare ban after claim thousands of hares killed

April 22, 2008
Thousands of mountain hares are being illegally snared in Scotland as part of control measures, it is being claimed.

A new report shows that 24,529 animals were killed during 2006-7 over 90 estates, with 79 per cent being shot and 21 per cent (5,078 hares) snared for sport, tick control or to protect forestry.

But it is feared that most snaring is being carried out without a licence, leading one animal group to call for a complete snare ban.

Mountain hares are protected under UK and European conservation legislation, which says that any means of killing which is indiscriminate and can cause a population to be disturbed or disappear is illegal.

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Lawmakers moving on bill for pork, veal animals

March 18, 2008

Under threat of a petition drive for a ballot question, Colorado lawmakers and state Agriculture Commissioner John Stulp are moving forward with a bill to increase regulations on confined animals that are raised for pork and veal.

Senate Bill 201, sponsored by District 6 Sen. Jim Isgar, D-Hesperus, would prohibit the confinement of gestating sows or calves raised for veal in a way that does not allow the animal to stand up, lie down and turn around without touching the enclosure’s sides.

“My concern is to avert a ballot initiative, which I feel this does,” Stulp said during testimony last week before the Senate Agriculture Committee. “This recognizes the need … to address future husbandry issues and hopefully get out ahead of the curve.”

Unlike the potential ballot measure, the bill does not include regulation of caged egg-laying hens.

Stulp said the bill also deals with confinement of milk calves, even though Colorado as yet has no veal production facilities. He said veal producers have expressed interest in moving to the state at the invitation of dairy farmers.


“The dairy industry has been involved in some of the discussions around how we will treat veal calves if that industry does come to Colorado,” Stulp said.

The committee, which Isgar chairs, unanimously approved the bill for full Senate debate.

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Dutch Parliament Bans Sex With Animals – it’s about time!

March 13, 2008

 

The Dutch parliament voted unanimously Thursday to outlaw bestiality and pornography involving animals.

Sex with animals and the making of animal pornography now will carry a punishment of up to six months in jail under the measure.

Current Dutch law forbids bestiality only when animals are found to have been mistreated.

Animal pornography is explicitly forbidden in 80 countries and pornographers had lobbied fiercely against a Dutch ban, said lawmaker Harm Evert Waalkens, who introduced the measure.

“The Netherlands is now a magnet for perversities and we don’t want that,” Waalkens said.

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States Move to Label Cloned Food

March 3, 2008

The debate over cloned food in the past year has been ferocious. As the Food & Drug Administration weighed whether to allow food from cloned animals into the country’s food supply, more than 30,000 public comments flooded in, with the overwhelming majority opposed to the move. Lea Askren, one consumer who wrote to the agency, called the practice “unethical, disturbing, and disgusting.” Yet on Jan. 15, the FDA sided with the scientists who have researched the issue, saying that meat and milk from cloned animals are “as safe to eat as food from conventionally bred animals.”

Now comes the real battle: Will consumers be able to tell which milk or meat on their supermarket shelves is from cloned animals or their offspring?

As part of its ruling, the FDA decided not to require labels. But several states are taking the opposite tack. At least 13 bills have been introduced in state legislatures across the country—including California, Tennessee, New Jersey, and Kentucky—that call for words or symbols alerting shoppers to the presence of cloned foods.

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Senate clears bill on torture of animals

February 28, 2008

A bill that would make the torture of an animal a third-degree felony passed the Senate Wednesday.
SB297 came about as a compromise from animal-rights groups and livestock owners, said sponsor Sen. Allen Christensen.
“I applaud Senator Christensen,” said Majority Leader Curtis Bramble. “It was not a journey he anticipated when he set out on this issue, but he’s gotten buy-in from several stakeholders.”
Sen. Scott Jenkins tried to amend the bill to make the first offense a Class A misdemeanor and a second offense a third-degree felony. The attempt failed.
The bill passed 21-6 and goes to the House for further debate.

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Indiana retools coyote hunting law

February 17, 2008

State wildlife officials have drafted a new coyote hunting law intended to prevent live coyotes from being illegally sold to people who then hunt them down with dogs.

The proposed rule change was drafted after the Indiana Department of Natural Resources learned last year that coyotes trapped in Indiana were being exported to Southern states for use as live bait at hound-dog facilities.

Linnea Petercheff, operations staff specialist with the Indiana Department of Natural Resources’ division of fish and wildlife, told The Star Press of Muncie that there was “confusion among trappers as to what they could legally do” with coyotes they had trapped.

“Some thought the term ‘prompt disposal’ meant as long as they promptly got rid of the coyote by selling it, then they were complying with the regulations,” Petercheff said.

The Indiana Natural Resources Commission, which drafted the new rule, is planning public hearings before considering final adoption of the changes to Indiana’s administrative code governing coyotes.

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Gladstone, Kansas, keeps bull terriers on list of dangerous animals

February 16, 2008

Bull terrier dogs will remain classified as dangerous animals in Gladstone.

For several months, a Gladstone couple — Kirk and Kim Forslund — have raised objections to the city’s inclusion of the breed in its legal definition of pit bulls.

That legal definition was established a year ago when the City Council approved a revised animal control ordinance that classified pit bull breeds as dangerous animals. It also established regulations for new owners of pit bull breeds.

Council members agreed to have city staff review the ordinance last month after Kirk Forslund presented letters from area veterinarians that stated bull terriers are not dangerous.

But on Monday, city staff maintained that bull terriers should not be removed from the dangerous animal classification.

“I’m sure there are some bull terriers that have been socialized and trained,” said City Attorney David Ramsay, “but our animal control officer did not feel there was enough evidence to exclude them from the city’s ordinance.”

Click here for the article that fully recounts the sad, idiotic tale of yet another decision to legislate against a breed, regardless of the obvious fact that animals are only consistently, repeatedly bad when they have been trained by PEOPLE to be so, not because of their breed.

Kitty Mowmow is disgusted by anti-breed legislation, in case you haven’t noticed.  So disgusted, in fact, that she has been shocked into referring to herself in the 3rd person.

What do you think?

Sharing this email from HSUS: “Cruelty in our children’s school lunches?”

January 30, 2008

 Note to Readers and Listeners:

In this post, I’m enclosing an email I received from the Humane Society of the United States regarding their “Factory Farming Campaign.”  I’m posting it here for educational purposes. Kitty Mowmow’s Animal Expo is going to stay neutral on this and many other animal-related issues.  That is, I usually try to post news and opinions of others without letting my own opinions interfere.  Kitty Mowmow’s Animal Expo should be considered a starting-point for discussion and one of many ways to educate yourself about animal-related news and issues.

-Kitty Mowmow

Reduce the suffering of animals raised for meat, milk and eggs
 

January 30, 2008 

 

Tell USDA: Stop Allowing the Torture of Downed Cows to Feed Our Schoolchildren

see the investigation videoDragging cows too weak to stand. Shocking them with electric prods when they can’t walk. Ramming them with forklifts. Even forcing water down their throats — right out of the manual on waterboarding.

Our shocking undercover investigation revealed these and other abuses of “downed” dairy cows — those who are too sick or injured to walk — at a Southern California slaughter plant. And The Humane Society of the United States’ investigation also discovered that the meat from these tortured animals gets fed to children through the National School Lunch Program! Please watch our investigative video, and then take action today to stop this cruelty.

Our video of the cruelty is very difficult to watch. Even worse is the thought that an outfit like Hallmark Meat Packing Company got away with this kind of abuse every day, without proper oversight from the USDA.

Urge the USDA to tighten its lax enforcement of the downer rule and to close the rule’s loophole — so that cows who are obviously in no shape to walk are not taken to slaughter in the first place.

Don’t forget to tell your friends and family how they can help, too.

Thank you for all you do for animals.

Sincerely,

Wayne Pacelle
President and CEO
The Humane Society of the United States

P.S. You can find the full details of this shocking investigation on our website or in a recent Washington Post story.

Bulldogs: illegal in Tennessee?

January 18, 2008

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I am very sad to report this morning that Breed Specific Legislation has been introduced into the Tennessee General Assembly. This legislation, Senate Bill 2738, would make it a crime in this state to even own a so-called “pit bull” type dog. “Pit bull” type dogs are defined as “any American pit bull terrier, Staffordshire Bull Terrier, American bulldog, or American Staffordshire Terrier, or any mixed breed dog that contains fifty percent of its lineage from those breeds.” And, the bill would “Force any person found guilty of owning a “pit bull dog” to surrender custody and forfeit ownership of the dog to a humane society.” It’s about as bad as it gets. (It’s a good bet that the dogs would be put to sleep once surrendered to a humane society.)

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Rampaging bulls wreak havoc

January 16, 2008

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At least 129 people were gored by rampaging bulls during the revival of Jallikattu, a traditional sport of taming the animals held at two places in Tamil Nadu, a day after the Supreme Court lifted its ban on the event…

…While many of the court’s guidelines were followed, the cruelty to the bulls did not seem to have stopped. The real test will be on Thursday, when the main event takes place.

According to guidelines, double barricades separated spectators from bull tamers. Officials also kept a close tab on the bulls in a bid to check intoxication. Yet an estimated 80 were injured.

S Jawahar, Collector of Madurai said, ”We see whether animals are oiled and those with sharpened horns are cut short. Forty veterinary doctors are verifying all the animals, only those certified are given numbers and are allowed to take part.”

Not much changed with cruelty to the bulls. Bull tamers pulled the animals by the tail and many treated the bulls just like a football and officials did nothing to stop this.

Chinni Krishna, President of Blue Cross of India, ”But the most important things is that the message we are sending to the new generation every year that cruelty can be condoned in the name of entertainment and sport. This is not Tamil culture and I feel ashamed.” …

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Conservation Congress: Should we hunt wolves?

January 15, 2008

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Wisconsin’s Conservation Congress plans to ask sportsmen this spring whether they want to hunt timber wolves, a year after the federal government removed the animals from the endangered species list.

The question isn’t binding on the state Department of Natural Resources or the Legislature, but it illustrates what some say is growing frustration with wolves in northern Wisconsin as their numbers rise.

Ron Waller, an Eagle River grouse hunter, said wolves are all over his part of the state. One of his hunts was ruined last fall when he and his dog, Zeke, came face-to-face with a wolf and had to hightail it back to the car, he said.

“If they don’t do something appropriate soon, it’s going to migrate to the three ‘S’ method – shoot, shovel and shut up,” Waller said. “People are just going to start taking things in their own hands.”

But others say the state’s current management methods are working.

“You send people out there hunting wolves, it’s going to screw everything up. It’s just not a good idea,” said Jim Olson of Eau Claire, who represents the Wisconsin Sierra Club chapter on a group of wolf stakeholders that works with the DNR.

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Hanoi zoo auctions dead tigers to alleged animal trafficker in violation of convention

January 10, 2008

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The Hanoi Zoo violated Vietnamese and international regulations by auctioning off the carcasses of two dead tigers to an alleged animal trafficker, a zoo official said Thursday. Hoping to raise money to buy new animals, the zoo sold the carcass of a 1-year-old tiger in November after the animal died of disease, Dang Gia Tung, the zoo’s deputy director, told The Associated Press.

Nguyen Quoc Truong paid $7,800, the highest amount offered from six bidders, Tung said. Truong, 43, also bought another dead tiger the zoo auctioned in 2002, he said.

Truong and Nguyen Thuy Mui, 48, were detained Monday after two live tigers were found sedated in the back seat of a car near Hanoi. Police also found four frozen cats in Truong’s home that were to be processed into traditional medicines believed to cure a number of ailments, state media reported.

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Also see 2 Vietnamese Charged in Animal Trafficking

New animal-testing alternative shows potential, and Europe set to outlaw cosmetic testing on live animals

January 7, 2008

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As pressure rises to eliminate animal testing in the cosmetics industry, a team of researchers from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and the University of California have announced a potential alternative.

The scientists have created the DataChip and MetaChip, which mimic the reaction of the human body and reveal the potential toxicity of chemicals. The biochips also could be used in the development of pharmaceuticals.

“There’s a desperate need in some industries, like cosmetics, to have technologies that can replace animal testing,” said Jonathan Dordick, a professor of biochemistry engineering at RPI.

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Tests of cosmetic products on rabbits and mice will soon be banned after European scientists announced that most experiments can now be carried out using non-animal alternatives.

The switch will spare almost 20,000 rabbits a year and 240,000 mice from a life of misery in the laboratory.

Scientists say the new tests will actually provide a more reliable way of checking the safety of chemicals in everyday products such as makeup and washing-up liquid.

Yesterday, the scientific advisory committee of the European Centre for the Validation of Alternative Methods approved five new tests which make the use of live rabbits and mice unnecessary.

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Advocates Seek Tougher Animal Abuse Laws

December 31, 2007

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Animal advocates around the nation hope that public outrage over dogfighting and puppy mill scandals in Virginia will force state and federal lawmakers to pass tougher animal abuse laws.

Some sportsmen, however, warn that the emotionally charged debate could result in laws affecting legitimate owners, especially of hunting dogs, along with the intended targets.

The legislative moves stem from the arrest of Atlanta Falcons quarterback Michael Vick and friends on charges they were operating a dogfighting ring at his 15-acre country estate in southeastern Virginia.

That case, in which Vick was sentenced to 23 months behind bars, was followed by a study showing that the majority of puppies sold in Virginia come from puppy mills run by unlicensed breeders who churn out pets like livestock.

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