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

Animal Welfare in the State of California

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California really is at the forefront of animal welfare and this is an excellent article detailing what's going on in the State and the challenges animal welfare faces. california legislation humane society farm animal welfare animal welfareIt also does a great job at profiling Jennifer Fearing who led the victory of Proposition 2. She sounds amazing.

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Ted Kennedy and Animal Welfare

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Interesting article on Senator Edward Kennedy that highlights his little-known contributions to animal welfare. Tags: legislation animal welfare It's from the Humane Society.

Proposed Nebraska Legislation Angers Horse Activists

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He also introduced LB 306, otherwise known as the Livestock Animal Welfare Act. From the Lexington Clipper-Herald. click here for the full article. Two bills introduced in the Nebraska Legislature are drawing fire from the largest animal advocacy organization in the world. Newcomer to the Legislature Sen. Tyson Larson introduced LB 305 on Wednesday, which would create a state meat inspection program, which would in turn allow horse meat to be transported across state lines.

Irish Senator Complains of Animal Welfare "Cabal"

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This complaint is the result of proposed legislation to ban puppy mills in Ireland. Legislators are being contacted by people around the world to support the legislation. They are blaming the dastardly Green Party whose leader proposed the legislation. The dog breeding legislation, intended to outlaw “puppy-farming”, was prepared by Green Party leader and Minister for the Environment John Gormley. Tags: Ireland legislation puppy mills dogs

Ontario Animal Welfare Law Goes Into Effect

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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. 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.

Animal Welfare at Change.org

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Did you see that Change.org now has an Animal Welfare page? As far as I know, Change.org is the only relatively-mainstream site with a broad, global audience, that has made this distinction and doesn't lump welfare and rights together as if they're the same thing. This isn't to say that Feldstein hasn't or won't write about topics interesting to animal rights advocates (such as Breed Specific Legislation), but the mere existence of the two should get people thinking.

Another Fake Animal Welfare Group

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The National Animal Interest Alliance is an association of business, agricultural, scientific, and recreational interests dedicated to promoting animal welfare, supporting responsible animal use and strengthening the bond between humans and animals. It was created in order to focus more resources on influencing legislation and defending the victims of animal and environmental extremism.

Humane Society Likes Obama's Animal Welfare Picks

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I bet you didn't realize that Obama had any animal welfare picks, but he did. And, in general, the Humane Society and its Legislative Fund likes them. They are very enthusiastic about Tom Vilsack, the proposed Secretary of Agriculture. In fact, he was their top choice. They're not so sure about Ken Salazar as Secretary of the Interior, but they see some promise. He has a strong environmental record and he has supported some animal issues in the past.

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On Project Treadstone and Welfare, OED-Style

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Welfare Angus has requested the Oxford English Dictionary' s description of the history of the word welfare. Synne 3928 yf ou euer haddyst sorow oer kare Of y neghëburs welfare. 582 My lyfe, my lustes, be me loothe, For al welfare and I be wroothe. . 71 It was one continued Series of Actions, for the Welfare of the People. 264 They know not, cannot guess How much their welfare is a passion to us. worldes welfare and my goddesse. on (the) welfare.

New Laws to Start in California

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New legislation in California increases the misdemeanor penalty for animal neglect and makes it a crime to sell a live animal on any street, highway, public right-of-way, parking lot, or carnival. neglect california legislation shark fins shark animal welfare animal lawFrom Hometown Station AM 1220.

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What Matters to Animals…

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Passing animal welfare legislation ( like the recent victory in CA ) is a start, but there’s still a lot of work to do. Tags: Animal Rights Animal Welfare Farmed Animals Veganism legislation make a difference slaughterhouses

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Chimpanzees are NOT “Pets”

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I am hopeful that animal advocates will rise to the call and try to make some legislative changes, as one has already begun to do: “ A chimpanzee is not a domestic pet ,&# said Pricilla Feral, president of the international animal advocacy group Friends of Animals, based in Darien.

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Quebec is the Best Province to be an Animal Abuser

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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. montreal canada animal abuse quebec legislationThat sucks. From the Montreal Gazette. 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.

Breed Bans are NOT the Answer

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Breed-specific legislation is stereotyping certain breeds as being vicious. Tags: Animal Welfare animal advocacy companion animals dogs pictures I get frustrated when people suggest that all Pit bulls are a danger to society.

Horse Slaughter Could Start Up Again in One Month

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Of course, right now, they're just being shipped to Canada and Mexico anyway, where health and welfare standards are much, much lower. exotic meats horses legislation horse slaughter usBad news for horses in the US. Read the complete article at pantagraph.com. Horses could soon be butchered in the U.S.

Belgian Bill Calls for Pig Castration WITH Anesthesia

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But I post about so many legislative proposals, with so few actual passages. Tags: europe pigs castration farm animal welfare belgium agribusiness OK, I'm stupid as hell. They castrate piglets WITHOUT anesthesia. OMFG! I hope this bill passes. We'll have to wait and see.

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Arkansas Out of the Dark Ages with Cruelty Law

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It's not perfect, but it's progress in one of the more animal welfare-challenged parts of the US. In exchange for the stiffer penalties, animal welfare groups made several concessions, including a change in state law so only certified law enforcement officers can arrest someone for animal cruelty. Tags: animal cruelty legislation Arkansas us

Halal Slaughter Causing a Furor In Quebec

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Quebec is not known for its animal welfare concerns or laws. A Parti Québécois legislator said Wednesday that slaughter for halal meat is an affront to animal rights and runs counter to the values cherished by Quebecers. islam canada meat quebec Slaughterhouse farm animal welfareI think the issue stems from this being an Islamic practice and the fear of contaminated meat, not concern for the animals. From JTA, the Global News Service of the Jewish People.

Dutch May Ban Kosher Slaughter of Livestock

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In a move aimed at further defusing the controversy over the proposed ban, deputy prime minister Maxime Verhagen gave an undertaking no new legislation would be signed into law until approved by the senate. kosher Slaughterhouse cows livestock farm animal welfare NetherlandsIt could have a snowball effect for other countries in Europe, although probably it certainly won't be seen as politically correct. Excerpted from the Irish Times.

Walk for Farm Animals Scheduled for this Fall

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About Farm Sanctuary Farm Sanctuary, the nation's leading farm animal protection organization, promotes legislative, policy, and individual lifestyle changes to help farm animals. farm animal welfare farm sanctuaryFrom the Farm Sanctuary.

Update on Proposition 2 in CA

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California’s Proposition 2 is not solely about the California egg business but is also about the egg industry’s national survival, warned Gene Gregory at the annual legislative meeting of United Egg Producers (UEP). Efforts for such a ballot initiative in Arizona, Connecticut, Delaware, New Hampshire and Vermont have failed but efforts are currently underway to establish similar legislation in Colorado and Washington. Tags: california farm animal welfare factory farm us

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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House Bill to Prevent Primates as Pets

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Consideration of the needed legislation comes just one week after a woman was critically injured in a vicious chimpanzee attack in Stamford, Connecticut - leaving no doubt that the danger of nonhuman primates in homes and to communities must be addressed. Keeping primates as pets threatens public health and safety, as well as the welfare of the animals. The Captive Primate Safety Act is bipartisan legislation introduced by Reps. Ya think?

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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PETA and IFAW Plan 24 City Tour of Canada

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PETA and the International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW) are holding a joint news conference this week, and I would like to offer you an exclusive advance scoop on it. The inflatable mascot will bear a banner demanding an end to the commercial seal slaughter and will be accompanied by animal advocates who will enlist people to call on their representatives in Parliament to support legislation that would end the slaughter.

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Ban on Ape Testing Proposed in EU

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But some animal welfare groups and researchers accused the European Union of masking weak regulation with empty gestures, as no great apes have been used in EU research for six years. Today's draft legislation does include a great ape test ban, but as no apes are used in EU research at the moment, this is considered by many animal advocates as something of a token gesture," said the Dr Hadwen Trust for Humane Research, a British-based charity which opposes using animals in experiments.

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Sri Lanka Attempts to Establish Animal Research Guidelines

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The guidelines have been compiled by the Forum of Ethics Review Committees of Sri Lanka and the Ethics Review Committee (ERC) of the Colombo Medical Faculty after several sessions of consultations with a wide and varied group including academics from all universities across the country, government officials and animal welfare groups. From the Sunday Times in Sri Lanka.

Steven M. Wise on Legal Rights for Animals

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The European Community and the member states signatory to the treaty are required “to pay full regard to the welfare requirements of animals.” 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.

Flight to Freedom

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Pat Derby, President and Founder of the Performing Animal Welfare Society, said, “Animal Defenders International contacted PAWS last year about providing a permanent home for the African lions remaining in Bolivia. ADI gathered evidence has led to campaigns and legislative action all over the world to protect them.

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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. 9, 2009 The writer is on the staff of the Farm Animal Program, Animal Welfare Institute To the Editor: The sentence in your Sept.

Fur Free Fashion Show Winners Announced

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Make Room Project Runway: Winners of 2nd Annual Fur Free Fashion Competition Announced by Born Free USA and Celebrity Judges August 9, 2010, Washington DC - - To shine a spotlight on talented emerging fashion designers who believe in the ethical and environmental benefits of shunning fur fashion, Born Free USA (BFUSA), the nationally recognized leader in animal welfare and wildlife conservation, created the Fur Free Fashion (fffashion) Competition, now in its second successful year.

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Dog Death Squads in China

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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. This is truly horrible, and hopefully the IFAW will be able to help stop it with your help.

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From Today's New York Times

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Surely a nation and a national press that can expend so much attention on the life and death of one racehorse should be able to muster the compassion to pass legislation that would end this cruelty. Brad Goldberg President Animal Welfare Advocacy Mamaroneck, N.Y., To the Editor: An addendum should be made to your editorial ’s point that all horses deserve the “generosity of conscience” that was expended to save Barbaro.

From Today's New York Times

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Kristof, who takes note of the trend represented by the animal welfare proposition on the ballot in California this fall. While this legislation would be an important step in transforming inhumane animal production, we must also call for change on the federal level, where the farm bill subsidizes this sector to the tune of billions of dollars. Maybe someday our legislators in New York will have the courage to follow in the footsteps of the states Mr. Kristof mentions.