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Stop importing frogs, turtles for live animal food markets

Bullfrog photo by Brian Murphy, Walnut Creek, CA
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Dear Gary:
It is truly gratifying to see the overwhelming support for Assembly Bill 376, co-authored by Assemblymembers Paul Fong (D-Cupertino) and Jared Huffman (D-San Rafael), which would ban the importation, possession and sale of shark fins for shark fin soup.

The bill has its first hearing on March 22 before the Assembly Water, Parks and Wildlife Committee, chaired by Mr. Huffman; Mr. Fong is also on that committee.

Support letters are needed now.  ALL STATE LEGISLATORS MAY BE WRITTEN C/O THE STATE CAPITOL, SACRAMENTO, CA  95814.  (There’s also a growing movement in Asia to ban this ugly and unsustainable commerce.)

Once the shark fin issue is resolved, I’m hoping that our legislators and the general public will take a hard look at the very similar problems found in the many live animal food markets throughout California.  We annually import some TWO MILLION American bullfrogs (commercially raised in Taiwan), plus an estimated 300,000-400,000 freshwater turtles (all taken from the wild in states east of the Rockies).
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Posted on Thursday, March 17th, 2011
Under: Food Animal Abuse, Frogs, Live Animal Markets, Turtles | No Comments »

Ducking Foie Gras: Beginning of the end for a cruel practice?

Brutal force-feeding of geese to make foie gras. Photo from The HSUS.
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Wayne Pacelle, President and CEO of The Humane Society of the United States, writes a great blog. His April 6 entry is about “Ducking Foie Gras.” Below are the first two paragraphs. You can click on the link that follows to read the rest of Wayne’s blog and view videos and other links on the cruel and abusive practice of making foie gras.

You owe it to yourself to read this before EVER taking another bite of that stuff. /Gary
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Posted on Tuesday, April 7th, 2009
Under: Ducks, Foie gras, Food Animal Abuse, Geese | 1 Comment »

Prop 2 will keep us from torturing our food animals

A study produced by UC Davis researchers and released yesterday provides further evidence that Proposition 2 is good for California consumers.

The study, which was reportedly funded by the American Egg Board, evaluated the economic impact of Prop 2, the Prevention of Farm Animal Cruelty Act, which will appear on the statewide ballot in November.

According to the study’s authors, “little, if any cost increase and no substantial impact on prices to California consumers” will occur when voters approve Prop 2. The measure would prevent the cruel and inhumane confinement of calves raised for veal, breeding pigs, and egg-laying hens kept in crates and cages so small they cannot lie down, turn around, or extend their limbs.
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Posted on Monday, July 28th, 2008
Under: Animal Laws, Animal protection legislation, Animal welfare, Chickens, Food Animal Abuse | No Comments »