Animal Defenders International (ADI) urged Congress to take immediate action after a landmark Supreme Court ruling has left vulnerable animals without protection against extreme violence and cruelty. The Court decided that legislation passed 10 years ago to prevent extreme acts of cruelty, such as in dog fighting and “crush” videos, must be set aside.
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There’s a move afoot by the Animal Legal Defense Fund in Cotati, CA, to get states to set up public registries of anyone convicted of felony animal abuse.
California Senate Majority leader Dean Florez is sponsoring a bill to create a database of people convicted of felony animal abuse, to be posted online so the public can monitor them much as we presently do sex offenders.
In a news release I just received, the ALDF claims animal abuse is frequently connected to domestic violence and serial killers. “Such registries would help protect animals, pet guardians and communities by preventing repeat offenses from anyone with an established history of abusing animals.”
Read more at http://www.aldf.org
As you might suspect, this has created a load of controversy, both pro and con. How about you? Do you think such legislation is a good thing, or a bad thing? Why? /Gary
This is from the Associated Press on Monday afternoon:
“HONOLULU — Animal rights activists are calling foul over Honolulu’s decision to contract members the Hawaii Gamebreeders Association to remove feral chickens from private residences.
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While watching stuff on TV about Atlanta Falcons quarterback Vick and dogfighting one evening this week:
I saw an individual (I didn’t catch his name) being interviewed who said, “What’s the big problem? They’re just dogs.”
Stephon Marbury, guard for the New York Knicks, in another interview defended Vick by comparing dogfighting to hunting, “We don’t say anything about people who shoot deer.” He also said, “I’ve heard that dogfighting is a sport. A lot of people do it.”
If dogfighting is a “sport,” it’s a “sport” that’s illegal in all 50 states and a felony in 48 states and the District. Being a spectator at a dogfight is also a felony in 22 states and a misdemeanor in 26 states and Washington, D.C. Some “sport.”
A few of the sports channel talking heads are being kind of defensive and appear to feel they need to protect Vick.
I heard one commentator on ESPN say that if Vick wants to continue to play football, he needs to say he’s sorry … pay a big chunk of money to a national animal protection organization … and spend some hands-on volunteer time working at an animal shelter to show he cares about animals.
What’s wrong with that statement?
Think about it.
President & CEO of The Humane Society of the United States writes a new blog
Wayne Pacelle, president and CEO of The HSUS in Washington, DC, has started writing a blog on dogfighting, farm animal abuse and plenty more. His most recent postings include:
NFL Star at Center of Dogfighting Investigation: “He denies any wrongdoing, but the information that has come to light looks awfully incriminating … “ (posted May 15)
Alternatives for Pigs Crammed in Crates: “We are breaking through on the issue of intensive confinement of farm animals … “ (posted May 14)
Long Battle Results in Law Against Animal Fighting: “Last week, President Bush signed the Animal Fighting Prohibition Enforcement Act … “ (posted May 11)
You can read more at http://www.waynepacelle.org
You should add Wayne’s special insights to your regular on-line reading list. They’ll be quite interesting.
Please join the fight to put an end to dog fighting and cockfighting in the U.S. Here’s a note from the ASPCA that tells you what you can do. It will only take a minute:
Dear Animal Advocates:
Great news! On March 26, the U.S. House of Representatives passed the Animal Fighting Prohibition Enforcement Act by a landslide vote of 368-39! Thanks to all who called and wrote to their representatives to encourage support of this important legislation that will appropriately penalize people who engage in the brutal “sport” of animal fighting. Now more than ever, it is crucial that you contact your senators and urge them to support this bill so it will become law!
What You Can Do
** Please visit the ASPCA Advocacy Center to send a letter to your senators urging them to support S 261: http://www.aspca.org/site/R?i=CHSvbTIxv4CbBD_ec1IotQ
** If you prefer to send hand-written letters to your senators, please click here to read about the act in greater depth and find contact information for your legislators:
Thank you so much for supporting the ASPCA and our nation’s animals. We are their voice!
You can visit the ASPCA online at www.aspca.org to find the latest information on the pet food recall, plus read about the ASPCA’s many other animal-related programs.