Best & Worst States for Animal Protection

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According to this Technorati article , the Humane Society rated the states on their animal protection laws. animal abuse animal cruelty california legislation humane society usBEST STATES California (best-yay!) New Jersey Illinois Massachusetts Colorado Maine WORST STATES Ohio Hawaii Alabama North Dakota Mississippi Idaho South Dakota (worst) According to the Animal Legal Defense Fund, the states fell this way.

Obama Gets B- on Animal Protection

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The Humane Society gives President Obama a B- on animal protection. Tags: Obama legislation humane society Not that great, but I no longer think of Obama as a progressive anyway. It's probably still better than w.

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Quebec is the Best Province to be an Animal Abuser

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The Animal Legal Defence Fund says in its fourth annual report ranking Canada’s 13 provinces and territories on their animal protection laws that only Nunavut ranks worse than Quebec. montreal canada animal abuse quebec legislationThat sucks. From the Montreal Gazette. An animal rights group based in the United States has ranked Quebec “the best province to be an animal abuser” in a report on Canada’s animal welfare record.

Senator Maria Cantwell Receives Award for Animal Welfare Work

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Senator Maria Cantwell (D-WA) received the Humane Society’s Legislative Leader award for her leadership in protecting animals. Tags: State of Washington legislation humane society congress us She is a US Senator from our home state of Washington. My husband worked for her years and years ago, when she was just a State representative.

Hope for Hen Welfare

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Animal Welfare Groups Win Industry Backing for First-Ever Federal Regulation of Hen Welfare Groundswell of Public Support Results in Full Court Press for Nationwide Law Protecting Chickens to Replace State-by-State Initiatives WATKINS GLEN, N.Y. history, the United Egg Producers (UEP) has agreed to support national legislation that will, upon enactment, improve the welfare of all laying hens in the nation. battery hens legislation farm animal welfare farm sanctuary

Ontario Animal Welfare Law Goes Into Effect

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The provincial government says it's gone from "worst to first" and Ontario is now the only jurisdiction in Canada with special protections for law-enforcement animals like police dogs and horses. The legislation also imposes new rules on the province's dozens of roadside zoos, giving the Ontario Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals the right to inspect them. Tags: ontario canada legislation animal welfare It is now law as of March 1.

There Oughta Be A Law Contest

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The Humane Society Legislative Fund is having a contest where you can submit your idea for a new law protecting animals. The winner will get a trip to Washington DC to lobby for it with HSLF staff.

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Quash the Squash

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The RSPCA are trying to raise awareness of its urgent campaign to protect the welfare of UK meat chickens. Right now, the UK government is considering new EU legislation that may increase the number of chickens allowed in rearing sheds.

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Portugal Pursued by EU for Poor Environmental Policies

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The European Commission said on Wednesday it is pursuing legal action against Portugal for breaching nature protection legislation. The resort falls within a site protected by the Habitats Directive and in the vicinity of a Special Area of Conservation for wild birds (Costa Sudoeste sites). Oh, it's no surprise that the Portuguese are allowing rampant development for tourism. But I'm glad the EU is calling them on it. From the Portugal News.

ALDF Calling for An Animal Abuser Registry

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The Animal Legal Defense Fund is working to ensure convicted animal abusers are exposed and prevented from harming new victims by promoting model legislation that would establish an animal abuser registry in every community across America. ALDF's proposed abuser registry legislation would require mandatory registration and community notification for convicted animal abusers. Watch our video and demand that your legislators establish an animal abuser registry in your state!

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EU Bans Use of Great Apes in Animal Research

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After two years of heated debate on how to protect animal welfare without scuppering scientific research, the new limits, updating regulations from 1986, were adopted by the European Parliament despite objections from Green MEPs. Under the new legislations, experiments on great apes such as chimpanzees, gorillas and orangutans are to be banned and "strict" restrictions set on the use of primates in general. Some may disagree, but I think this is a huge victory.

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Walk for Farm Animals Scheduled for this Fall

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July 28, 2011 – This fall, thousands of people in more than 35 cities across North America will gather for the 2011 Walk for Farm Animals, a series of fun, community-focused events that promote kindness to animals and raise vital funds to support the lifesaving work of Farm Sanctuary, the nation’s leading farm animal protection organization. From the Farm Sanctuary.

H. J. McCloskey on Punishment of Cruelty to Animals

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We accept that the state has the right to ban cruelty to animals, even when such cruelty is in the interests of the person being cruel, for example, of the greyhound owner who trains his dog on cats, first removing the cat's claws to protect his dog from injury, or of the householder who half-starves his dog so that he can have an extra beer or two, or of the person who hunts kangaroos, wounding many and killing a few, for the fun of the sport. who cannot protect their interests.

Portuguese City Tries to End Killing of Strays

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This weekend Lagos Town Hall executives are expected to sign a landmark protocol drawn up in collaboration with animal protection association Cadela Carlota, in which it is decreed that the two organisations will endeavour to put a stop to the extermination of healthy unwanted and stray animals being held in the municipal kennel. Under Portuguese legislation, stray and unwanted animals that are kept in municipal kennels, even healthy ones, can be put down after eight days if unclaimed.

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From Today's New York Times

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2): We disagree with your contention that the First Amendment protects animal “crush” videos. These videos, the subject of House legislation and of a bill that we plan to introduce, are beyond “disgusting”—and go beyond conventional conceptions of animal cruelty. And the Supreme Court’s decision is a reminder of the importance of narrowly tailoring this legislation, but it has not determined that these crush videos constitute protected speech.

Steven M. Wise on Legal Rights for Animals

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In 2002 the German Parliament amended Article 26 of the Basic Law to give nonhuman animals the right to be “respected as fellow creatures” and to be protected from “avoidable pain.” In the United States, most believe that gaining personhood is much more probable through legislative enactment than through a constitutional change. Why the common law over legislation? Unlike legislators, judges are at least formally bound to do justice.

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Lobsters Are Smarter than Many Think

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Even before the New Scientist study, the European Food Safety Authority's Scientific Panel on Animal Health and Welfare had concluded that lobsters and crabs are capable of experiencing pain and distress and are worthy of legislative protection. My stupid Albertson's stopped selling lobsters a few months ago, but I bet they'll start up again. After reading this article , I'm rescuing the next ones I see. It's about George the 140-year-old lobster who was set free by PETA.

The Animal Legal Defense Fund Public Registries

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They are pioneering legislation in California to make public animal abuse registries. Such registries would help protect animals, pet guardians and communities by preventing repeat offenses from anyone with an established history of abusing animals. Through its campaign, www.ExposeAnimalAbusers.org , the animal protection organization is promoting model legislation that state legislatures could enact. I recently got an email from the Animal Legal Defense Fund.

Adopt A Turkey!

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Farm Sanctuary, the nation’s leading farm animal protection organization, promotes legislative, policy, and individual lifestyle changes to help farm animals. Funny lady Ellen DeGeneres and rescue group Farm Sanctuary both want you to Adopt-A-Turkey this Thanksgiving!

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Flight to Freedom

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Jan Creamer, ADI President who has been in Bolivia coordinating the rescue and who flew in with the lions said: “With the Congresses of Peru, Brazil, Colombia, and Chile all considering legislation to ban animal circuses, this rescue is not merely symbolic, it shows that we are prepared to make a real commitment to ensure that bans on animal circuses can be fully implemented and animals can be saved. “As

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From Today's New York Times

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New York’s protection of laborers should be a first step toward recognition of the other systemic abuses that occur on farms that, like the long-ignored rights of farm workers, have been constantly disregarded by legislators. To the Editor: The sentence in your Sept.

National Justice for Animals Week

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The week, co-sponsored by Congressman Steve Cohen (TN-09), the author of Tennessee’s T-Bo Law (named in honor of his beloved Shih Tzu) and numerous other successful pro-animal laws, will also celebrate significant legislation in the push for animal justice in the halls of Congress. ALDF was founded in 1979 with the unique mission of protecting the lives and advancing interests of animals through the legal system.

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Tom Regan on Rights

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a legislative assembly). Theoretically, one could, it is true, create legal rights that accord with or protect moral rights, but that is not the same as creating these moral rights in the first place.

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From Today's New York Times

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To the Editor: In his past comments about protecting animals and nature, Pope Benedict XVI is building upon the Roman Catholic Church’s tradition of promoting faithful stewardship of all creatures (“ A Cat Lover in the Vatican Strikes a Chord With Cat Lovers Around the World ,” news article, April 20). The United Methodist Church supports the humane treatment of farm animals and calls for the protection of endangered species.

Dog Death Squads in China

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Make a donation to help IFAW end dog culls in China and to protect animals around the world from similar cruelty. In addition to working to stop this cull, IFAW is helping draft China’s first national animal welfare legislation that will prohibit culls like this. I got this email from the IFAW recently and had to post it. I can’t even imagine being in a position where my government was telling me to kill my dog, or have it beaten to death.

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The True Costs of the Rhetoric of Terror Continue to Mount – Part 1

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The law protects animal enterprises from courses of conduct designed to disrupt their normal profitable functioning. In Part 2, I will discuss and defend these claims, but here in Part 1, I want examine the real motivation for the Act, as well as the rhetoric that allowed such chilling legislation to sail through both houses of Congress. See the Office of Legislative Policy and Analysis here for details.] These Congresspersons didn’t enact this legislation to make you safer.

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Another Reason to Go Vegetarian

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The Bottom Line: The government cares more about protecting agribusiness profits than it does about protecting the health of consumers. Write to your state and federal representatives and urge them to pass legislation banning the routine, non-therapeutic use of antibiotics on factory farms. Meanwhile, protect yourself and your family from such germs by refusing to purchase or consume any meat produced on factory farms.

The One Animal Product You Should Feed Your Children

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However, 12 states, namely, Alaska, Arkansas, Idaho, Massachusetts, Michigan, Nebraska, North Dakota, Pennsylvania, Washington, West Virginia, Wyoming and Wisconsin [Imagine, The Dairy State doesn't protect a woman's right to nurse!], as well as the District of Columbia offer women no protection or very limited protection of their right to breastfeed their children. The legislators in these 12 states ought to be ashamed.

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