Missouri Legislature Attacks Horse Activist

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Now this is just juvenile. Missouri is going to vote on allowing horse slaughterhouses back into the State. An activist organized an appeal in which people from around the country and the world could contact the legislators in opposition to the bill. This is very common and occurs to local, state and federal representatives. People will often send communications to representatives for areas in which they don't live.

Montana Legislature Proposes Horse Slaughter Facility

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Great, just after we managed to get rid of the last one "It doesn't mean you have to do it. It's that if you don't have the funds, and you don't have the feed, and don't have the place to keep them, and they are old, and they are no longer going to work for what you need them for, it's a place for them to go," said Billings Livestock and Horse Sale's Jenn Parker. A place for them to go? Maybe then can call it Horse Haven.

Republican-Led Florida Legislature to Destroy Environment

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Sure, that title is hyperbolic but the results of HB-991, should it become law , would be absolutely horrible for Florida’s environment. 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?

Election Victories for Animals

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This proposition would have given the legislature exclusive authority over wildlife issues. Two victories. Proposition 8 passed in Missouri. It stops puppy mill abuses by establishing responsible standards for the proper care of dogs. Also, Proposition 109 failed in Arizona.

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Proposed Nebraska Legislation Angers Horse Activists

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Two bills introduced in the Nebraska Legislature are drawing fire from the largest animal advocacy organization in the world. Newcomer to the Legislature Sen. From the Lexington Clipper-Herald. click here for the full article. 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. He also introduced LB 306, otherwise known as the Livestock Animal Welfare Act.

Iowa Dove Hunters Will Use Lead Shot

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A panel of the Iowa legislature decided to ignore common sense, wildlife professionals, and Iowa’s own Natural Resources Commission and allow lead shot to be used for the new Mourning Dove hunting season. This decision is just plain dumb. Hat-tip to John. Asides

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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 letter was written to the Montana legislature. From Elizabeth Forel, of the Coalition to Ban Horse-Drawn Carriages. The danger is that the amendments will be made and the bill will be signed into law. PLEASE TAKE ACTION. We must keep the pressure on the governor to VETO this bill. Call the governor's office at (406) 444-3111 and ask him to veto it.

What is the State Bird of Georgia?

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” It comes as no surprise then that the governor proclaimed the Brown Thrasher the state bird in 1953 , and the legislature followed suit in 1970. Brown Thrashers , large, rust-colored songbirds, were so popular in Georgia that they became the namesake of their NHL hockey team, the “Atlanta Thrashers!” The team has since been moved to Canada, but the state bird remains a celebrated symbol.

What is the State Bird of Maryland?

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In 1882 the legislature passed special provisions to protect the bird, decades before the passage of the Migratory Bird Treaty Act of 1918. We all know the feeling. We’re birding in the summertime, when a beautiful whistling calls catches our attention. We turn our eyes and binoculars to the canopy, where we peer through the thick, green foliage. Suddenly, we catch a flash of bright orange: a Baltimore Oriole.

What is the State Bird of North Carolina?

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Perhaps it was their flashy color or the males’ tall crest that attracted the legislature to the bird, because in 1943 the Northern Cardinal became the official state bird of North Carolina. When birders in the eastern United States see a flash of red up in the canopy or deep inside nearby bushes, more likely than not those crimson feathers belong to the iconic Northern Cardinal.

What is the State Bird of New Jersey?

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The legislature named the goldfinch the state bird in 1935 , sharing the designation with Washington and Iowa. Mentioning New Jersey often raises a snicker or a run down of all the drama and negative stereotypes that swirl around the Garden State, most of which are typified by the MTV hit show, “Jersey Shore.” ” While certain New Jersey decisions may be dubious, their state bird, the American Goldfinch, is a beautiful choice.

Push Land-Grant Universities Out of the Meat Industry

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RPA’s letter urges the governors to help solve the problem by addressing it with LGU trustees and state legislatures; ensuring that their states’ school systems teach the truth about food, nutrition, original human nature, and ecology; and ensuring that the National Governors Association addresses the problem. Responsible Policies for Animals Members & Friends!

What is the State Bird of Pennsylvania?

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The legislature named the grouse the state bird in 1931 , and as it is a game bird it is legal to hunt them in the fall and winter seasons. You are walking on a wooded path in Pennsylvania. Everything is quiet and serene; a few bird calls here and there, the low buzzing of insects, the swish of a breeze through summer leaves is all you can hear.

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

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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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What is the State Bird of Louisiana?

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In 1961 they stopped breeding in Louisiana and a few years later disappeared altogether, prompting the legislature to name them the state bird in 1966. Brown Pelicans are quite popular in Louisiana. One of the state’s nicknames is “The Pelican State,” the bird is on the state’s flag, the state seal, the state painting (yes, apparently states have official paintings), as well as on one of Louisiana’s bicentennial coins.

What is the State Bird of Maine?

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Hall wrote to the legislature with his suggestion. As I am a native of Maine, it is only fitting that my first state bird post is on the Black-capped Chickadee ( Poecile atricapillus ). This little songbird has a range that extends across the United States and Canada, and is a ubiquitous backyard feeder visitor. As it is a common sight throughout New England, it is no surprise that this chickadee species is also the state bird of Massachusetts. Tom Brown, Jr.,

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Parks and Public Lands Win at the Polls

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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.”. Voters across the country support environmentally conscious ballot initiatives. Voters in several states had the opportunity to express their support (or condemnation) of various environmental (or anti-environmental) issues respectively in the recent election cycle.

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What is the State Bird of South Carolina?

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It turns out that the women’s clubs had already chosen the wren , but the legislature disagreed. After spending the weekend along the South Carolina coast, I can say with confidence that I saw dozens and dozens of South Carolina’s state bird: both the original and the current version. Though South Carolina first chose the Northern Mockingbird as its state bird, in 1948 the general assembly changed its mind.

What is the State Bird of Colorado?

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Still, it’s not hard to see why the Colorado legislature couldn’t resist the Lark Bunting when they named it the official state bird in 1931: they are absolutely striking. Colorado is unique in many respects, so it comes as no surprise that its residents went in a different direction when selecting their state bird. Unlike many other official birds, the Lark Bunting is not a year-round resident.

What is the State Bird of Florida?

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Perhaps it was their relative rarity, compared to now, combined with their varied songs that prompted the Florida legislature to vote in this widespread species. Florida is one of America’s great avian hot spots, renowned for its impressive bird diversity. The official Florida checklist counts over 500 species, and thus Florida citizens had a wealth of State Bird candidates to choose from when they named the Florida state bird in 1927.

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The Animal Legal Defense Fund Public Registries

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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. They are pioneering legislation in California to make public animal abuse registries. In our opinion, this is a wonderful idea, and we wanted to help them spread the word. Here is the press release, which explains why they are trying to do this.

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

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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. Think of your favorite horror film: A brutal ruthless killer is on the loose, slashing hapless innocent victims to death right and left. After witnessing hours if not days of senseless killing, someone finally musters the courage to take on the killer and delivers what has to be a devastating blow.