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Republican-Led Florida Legislature to Destroy Environment

10,000 Birds

Sure, that title is hyperbolic but the results of HB-991, should it become law , would be absolutely horrible for Florida’s environment. Here’s hoping the bill is stopped before it becomes law! It won’t be Florida Republicans destroying the environment but their corporate puppet-masters. The bill has already passed the house and is headed for the state senate where it will hopefully be stopped. How bad is it?

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Arkansas Out of the Dark Ages with Cruelty Law

Critter News

Mike Beebe has signed into law new animal-cruelty restrictions that make aggravated cruelty to cats, dogs and horses a felony on the first offense. The law, which will take effect 90 days after the Legislature adjourns, makes aggravated animal cruelty on first offense punishable by a fine of up to $10,000 and up to six years in prison. It's not perfect, but it's progress in one of the more animal welfare-challenged parts of the US.

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Montana Horse Slaughter Bill Not Vetoed

Animal Person

On Friday, April 3rd, Montana Governor Brain Schweitzer returned House Bill 418 to the legislature with suggestions for amendments. The danger is that the amendments will be made and the bill will be signed into law. The letter was written to the Montana legislature. From Elizabeth Forel, of the Coalition to Ban Horse-Drawn Carriages. PLEASE TAKE ACTION. We must keep the pressure on the governor to VETO this bill.

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Just in Time: Kenn Kaufman’s “A Season on the Wind” — a review

10,000 Birds

The harshest law of all, one more draconian than any human legislature could enact, is the law of unintended consequences. How blessed can one guy be? Not only is Kenn Kaufman a world-class birder and all-around naturalist who makes his living doing what he loves. Not only has he authored multiple field guides, and prose works, too (such as the classic coming-of-age-as-a-birder story, Kingbird Highway ).

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Parks and Public Lands Win at the Polls

10,000 Birds

Second, Amendment 2 required a two-thirds vote of each chamber of the state legislature to authorize the transfer, sale, or disposal of land under the control of the state agriculture or environmental protection departments.”. Under the measure, taxpayers will be responsible for payments to property owners for any loss in property value resulting from a change in law or regulation, regardless of whether the property retains a profitable use.

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The Animal Legal Defense Fund Public Registries

4 The Love Of Animals

Through its campaign, www.ExposeAnimalAbusers.org , the animal protection organization is promoting model legislation that state legislatures could enact. ALDF points to the following examples for why a registry is needed to help animal guardians, law enforcement and shelters protect their animals: Robert Rydzewski : In 2004, the then 29-year-old upstate New Yorker shot his neighbor’s dog in the face twice. I recently got an email from the Animal Legal Defense Fund.

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It's Back! The Horror of Horse Slaughter in DeKalb

Animal Ethics

In response to citizen outrage over horses being slaughtered in Illinois, the Illinois legislature decided to tie off the loophole for good by passing House Bill 1711. On May 24, Governor Rod Blagojevich signed the bill into law. Less than 24 hours later, Cavel was back—this time in court seeking an injunction to prevent the new law from taking effect on the grounds that it interferes with international commerce.

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