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‘It’s the Law’: An Animal Welfare News Update with Laura Allen!

October 14, 2010 by Tails Magazine in Legislation with 0 Comments

Laura AllenIt seems not a day goes by without some kind of legislation involving animal welfare making headlines across the country. Bills introduced on the local, state and even national levels have become important issues because animal welfare has emerged as a major priority to an increasingly growing population of people.

At Tails, we know that keeping current and understanding
the legal issues as they pertain to our beloved animal companions—and all animals in general is important to our readers. Which is why we created “It’s the Law,” by Laura Allen, executive director of the Animal Law Coalition a non-profit, which brings the latest animal legal news to attorneys, law students and the public, and offers legal analysis of the issues affecting animals.

THIS WEEK:

Please, Nancy?
In the past month, VA Rep. James Moran and 83 other co-sponsors of the Prevention of Equine Cruelty Act, H.R. 503, presented a letter to Speaker of the House of Representatives Rep. Nancy Pelosi to urge her to schedule this bill for a vote. This bill would stop altogether the slaughter of American horses for human consumption. Speaker Pelosi has said she is not adverse to this, but has concerns about timing.

Call on Speaker Pelosi to schedule a vote on this landmark legislation and help end the cruelty to thousands of American horses sent to Mexico and Canada where they are slaughtered, many times still conscious. Also, call on the Senate leadership to schedule a vote on S.B. 727, the Senate version of this bill. There is still time to stop the cruelty this Congressional session. For more on this bill and how you can contact Speaker Pelosi and the Senate leadership, click HERE.

Let’s Crush This!
A bill slated to prohibit the creation and sale of animal crush videos (H.R. 5566) has made its way through the House of Representatives and now the Senate. The versions passed by each chamber vary slightly and the differences have yet to be resolved. But it looks like Congress will pass this bill. Last year, the U.S. Supreme Court invalidated a broader ten-year-old law that outlawed commercial gain from depictions of animal cruelty except in cases of art, journalism, and other legal activity such as hunting. For more on the current bill, click HERE. For more on the Supreme Court’s earlier decision, visit HERE.

Unacceptable
In a grizzly case in New York state, a USDA licensed commercial dog breeder David Yoder was fined a mere $505 for killing 93 dogs in groups of 5-6 in a makeshift gas chamber. He was not subject to regulation by New York’s pet dealer law. It’s high time to revise New York’s outdated pet dealer laws. We need to give authorities the tools to regulate and shut down facilities like Yoder’s, where animals are treated as expendable inventory and are cruelly destroyed when they can no longer produce. For more on this, go HERE.

We’ll be back…count on it.
California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger has used his pen once again against the animals, vetoing both the fur-labeling bill and a bill that would have prevented landlords from requiring tenants to declaw or devocalize their animals. The landlords are not against this bill, so why is the gov?

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