for animals and children, when the causes call, i am there.
Dedicated and always working towards changes, animal and child welfare issues, Constant donational fundings to various organizations. Supporting all the projects and causes out of personal pocket and earned working income.
Might ask your help from time to time for donational charity needs that benefit other organizations or even for a specific animal, or sanctuary. If i am asking, then i am fully involved at the time with that project, whether of my own resources, fundings, or volunteering in them.
Under a relativelynewlawcalled the "Animal Enterprise Terrorism Act" (A.E.T.A.), activists engaged in efforts to bring needless suffering to an end for non-human animals inside factory farms, vivisection labs, circuses and the like, now potentially face charges as "terrorists" in federal courts even if their actions are peaceful and First Amendment protected.
Although a pre-existing law from 1992 known as the "Animal Enterprise Protection Act" was initially created to further prosecute and create harsher penalties for activists who use illegal tactics to save lives, such as liberating animals from abusive situations and causing economic damage to industries that profit from suffering, theA.E.T.A.has taken it one step further and tacked on the label of "terrorism" for such activities.
If labeling a person who actuallysavesinnocent lives a "terrorist", rather than the person who systematically abuses and kills animals for a living seems Orwellian to you, the vagueness used in writing this law will be even more unsettling.
Although the law is allegedly intended to curb illegal actions, it essentially says that those interfering with the operations of an animal enterprise with the intent of causing economic damage are committing acts of terrorism.
Well, doesn't that include every single boycott, protest, campaign and demonstration to put an end to animal exploitation? Aren't we trying to cause economic damage to a company that abuses animals by boycotting them? Isn't that the whole point? When taken literally, that law goes so far as to include even living a vegan lifestyle since our very choice of diet is "disrupting animal enterprises."
The terms and language used in this law are far reaching and potentially very threatening to the legal Animal Rights and Animal Welfare movement.
The law does include a clause that states:
"Nothing in this section shall be construed to prohibit any expressive conduct (including peaceful picketing or other peaceful demonstration) protected from legal prohibition by the First Amendment to the Constitution."
But within less than three years of the laws passage, four activists from California involved in anti-vivisection campaigns were indicted for violating the A.E.T.A., even though none of them was involved in illegal actions and all of them adhered to completely legal First Amendment protected activities.
They each face up to 10 years in prison for passing out leaflets, attending demonstrations and circulating public knowledge on the Internet about known animal abusers. Does any of this fit into our ideas of terrorism or sound like terrorist activity to you?
The fact that the government is classifying activists as terrorists who simply want animal abuse to end is one of the most grotesque misuses of such a timely sensitive word. To compare the actions of peaceful protests to the attacks of 9/11, even if you are someone who is not aligned with the animal activist movement, is totally unreasonable.
Is it possible that some of this is the result of tremendous pressure from animal abusing industries that want animal protection movements to disappear. The idea of freeing animals from exploitation is simply bad for business.
In a time when terrorism is an actual threat to many of us, it seems terribly unfair and extremely disrespectful to those who have lost loved ones to real terrorist attacks to even remotely compare them to animal activists.
It is interesting to note that in the long history of the animal rights movement, not one person has been killed by an activist. That is because killing is fundamentally antithetical to what these activists are trying to achieve, which is a more just and peaceful world.
Tennessee legislators have a novel answer to equine abuse: horse slaughter
The Final Solution
by Christine Kreyling
Equine abuse has been in the news ever since November's appalling discovery of 84 starving horses on a Cannon County farm. The attempt by state Rep. Janis Sontany and state Sen. Bill Ketron to ramp up the legal punishment for such aggravated abuse — and the ardent opposition by the Tennessee Farm Bureau — has also received plenty of media play (see "All the Starving Horses," March 11). But State Rep. Frank Niceley has a radically different — and heretofore unpublicized — proposal that he says will curb the abuse.
Niceley wants to legalize horse slaughter.
Niceley and state Sen. Mike Faulk have a bill in the Tennessee legislature that would enable "the humane handling and slaughter of surplus domestic horses" (HB 1428/SB 1898). Prime co-sponsors include a hefty number of the members of the House Agriculture Committee through which the bill must pass.
The reason the slaughter bill has so far not registered on the radar screen is because Niceley filed it as what's called a "caption" bill, a bill whose stated purpose has little-to-no-relationship to its ultimate legislative intent. The real import behind a caption bill is revealed by subsequent amendments to the original. This legislative hocus-pocus is permitted as long as the amendments alter the same sections of the Tennessee legal code as the original bill. Legislators often employ the tactic to conceal the content of controversial legislation until it can be rammed through with a minimum of unwelcome publicity.
Thus when Niceley filed HB 1428 last year, the summary of the bill directed the commissioner of agriculture to "ensure that the statistics and other information" produced by the Tennessee Department of Agriculture "are posted and kept current on the department's web site" — innocuous stuff. Niceley and Faulk eventually deferred this bill to the 2010 legislative session.
The amendments to HB 1428 that recently emerged, however, delete all references to statistics and websites. The amendments declare the intent "to encourage the location of equine slaughter and processing facilities in Tennessee and provide for the operation of such facilities in a sanitary, safe, and humane manner, with such facilities to be licensed, permitted, inspected, and regulated by the department of agriculture." This is legislative whiplash territory.
Niceley says that last week he deferred the slaughter bill's hearing before the House Budget Subcommittee until April 7 because "it's easier to get things passed" toward the end of a session, "when things get busy." One of his senatorial colleagues, who refuses to speak on the record because "I have to work with this guy," detects another motive.
"Frank doesn't want it to come up until the filing date [April 1] has passed for candidates who might run against him," the legislator says.
Niceley points out that he already has two declared opponents. That he was recently pronounced "hostile to business" by the Knoxville Chamber of Commerce is another hurdle he'll have to negotiate. In an interview with the Knoxville News Sentinel, Niceley countered that the chamber is "out of control," "out of touch," and "obviously has something to hide." Under these circumstances, hiding the slaughter bill for as long as possible seems prudent politics.
Rep. Niceley, a farmer who lives in Strawberry Plains in East Tennessee, is a member of the House Agriculture Committee and chair of the House Subcommittee of Agriculture. He's also a member of the Farm Bureau — and the Tennessee Farm Bureau supports horse slaughter. To Niceley, horse slaughter is both common sense and good biz sense. In two interviews with the Scene, Niceley made his case.
"You just can't adopt out all the unwanted horses," he explains. "The reason horses are abused is because the do-gooders try to stop slaughter. We never had this problem before HSUS [Humane Society of the United States] and P.E.T.A. [People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals] came along."
Niceley says the horses that are starving are the result "of adoptions where they didn't have to pay $1,000 for the animal, which it would be worth if we had slaughter." These adopters "don't realize the expense of keeping a horse, so they get in over their heads." His rationale ignores the large-scale abuse of equines recently rescued in Cannon and Sumner counties, to name just two.
For Niceley, slaughter is the solution because it creates "an end product for a horse, so they won't get so cheap. Right now you can get a horse for $10 or $20 at a sale," he says. A horse can be "a valuable product" for the meat and hide, which will give owners "a reason to keep them healthy."
Niceley says the opposition to horse slaughter isn't rational but emotional — the result of misplaced sentiment by those he calls, with sneering sexism, "Desperate Horsewives. Girls all want a horse when they're little; they don't want to eat Trigger. But we eat livestock, that's what we do."
Niceley admits that Americans aren't exactly clamoring to their butchers for equine flesh. "But there's a good export market" in Europe and the Far East "that would bring new wealth into the state from overseas," he notes. "They eat a lot of horse meat in China." Of course, what Nicely doesn't mention is that some Chinese eat dog meat, as well. Maybe he's also hit on a master strategy for the state's pet shelters.
Even if his bill passes, Niceley acknowledges, equine slaughterhouses won't immediately spring up in Tennessee because of federal policies. While horse slaughter is not strictly speaking illegal in the United States, it is illegal to transport horsemeat across state lines for human consumption. The last such slaughterhouse on U.S. soil closed in 2007 after legally necessary federal inspections of equine slaughter plants were de-funded by Congress.
Since then, horses have been shipped for slaughter primarily to Mexico and Canada — approximately 100,000 a year. The majority come from the horse racing and walking horse industries, according to Leighann McCollum, the Tennessee director of HSUS. The organization opposes horse slaughter, she explains, because "the horse is not a food animal in this country."
The horrific conditions to which these animals are subjected is available to anyone who Googles "horse slaughter" and can steel himself to look at the pictures. Transport is often provided in vehicles designed for shorter cattle or sheep in which horses cannot raise their heads. And because equines evolved as flight animals, they are difficult to stun in the killboxes. Horses are infamous for remaining conscious while being shackled, hoisted, cut and "bled out."
Niceley says bringing horse slaughter home would stop such cruelty because state regulations for transport and slaughter would be more humane. "My goal is to have the best, most modern, most humane slaughterhouses in the world right here in Tennessee." He says his bill would create a "friendly environment" for perhaps a firm from China to construct an equine slaughterhouse in a state that's in "the heart of horse country, so they" — the horses, not the Chinese — "would have a short trip."
If Tennessee were to become the go-to state for equine slaughter, however, horses could arrive on our doorstep after lengthy journeys from all over the country. How the Tennessee Department of Agriculture would regulate their transport is still to be determined — stop every slaughter truck at the state line?
One of the most questionable aspects of Niceley's bill is the punitive strictures it places on the person or organization challenging the licensing or permitting of an equine slaughterhouse. As currently written, the bill requires anyone mounting such a legal challenge to post as surety bond "20 percent of the estimated cost of building such a facility or the operational costs of an existing facility." And if the challenger loses, "such a person is liable for all financial losses the facility suffers if the court issues an injunction that halts operations while the action is pending." Such edicts raise troubling questions about citizen access to the court system, a right guaranteed by the Tennessee Constitution.
Of course, legalizing horse slaughter could provide Tennessee's Department of Tourism Development with new marketing possibilities for its agritourism programs. In addition to corn mazes and pumpkin patches, the department could pitch tours of our "modern" and "humane" slaughter facilities. Not to mention billboards featuring images of shackled and hoisted horses overlaid with the department's current catch phrase: "In Tennessee, the Stage is Set for You!"
Niceley's proposal ultimately recalls — at least to those familiar with English literary history — an essay written by Jonathan Swift published way back in 1729. In "A Modest Proposal," Swift suggests that the starving Irish could relieve their plight — and turn their children from burden to public benefit — by selling their offspring as food for rich gentlemen and ladies. Swift's essay, however, was a savage satire attacking British policies in the Emerald Isle. Frank Niceley, on the other hand, isn't kidding.
MARK LERNER, Executive Director of the Stop Real ID Coalition, is exposing Senator Lieberman for not having and not allowing, anyone, to testify before the committee who is in opposition to Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs S. 1261 - THE PASS ACT. [Once again Washington politicians have proven they are totally incapable of "CHANGE".] Both the Real ID Act and The PASS Act will result in Americans being enrolled into a single global biometric identification system that links a person's body to their ability to buy and sell.
* STOP THE PASS ACT S.1261 – It’s really the REAL ID Act * Don’t let them pass the PASS Act – It’s really the REAL ID Act
REAL ID ACTION ALERT: The Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs will be having hearings on the PASS Act S. 1261. The PASS Act WILL NOT REPEAL REAL ID as it is being billed. It will only repeal certain portions like Title ii and in the end be worse than REAL ID once the PASS Act is inserted. REAL ID will REMAIN Federal law and will be stronger than before if passed. Both the ACLU and the ACLJ are opposing the Real ID Act and the PASS Act. (The ACLU and the ACLJ are the most prominent legal organizations on the "left" and "right" respectively.) Special interests groups are trying to force Democrats, Independents and Republicans to support this legislation. States have been and are working to ensure driver's licenses are secure documents and have document integrity. The federal government, in spite of the states, wants to set international standards that are not needed. The federal government wants control of your state driver's license. The federal government is bribing states to go along with its plans. Our freedom and our rights are not for sale. Some governors want to take the bribe money. The First, Fourth and Tenth Amendments are under attack. The Second Amendment will follow. This is not a partisan issue. All Americans must take action now. The PASS Act does not repeal the Real ID Act. It does repeal provisions of the Real ID Act; those provisions that are included in Title II of the Real ID Act 2005. The Real ID Act is still intact and is federal law. The PASS Act contains many of the most egregious aspects of the Real ID Act; including the requirement for a digital facial image/photograph that will be mandated to be internationally facial recognition compatible. There is not a federal law that prohibits the simultaneous use of CCTV/surveillance cameras and facial recognition technology in real time. The PASS Act will do nothing to provide a higher level of National security. Under the provisions of the PASS Act the documents used to obtain a driver's license are not authenticated. These documents are called "breeder" documents. Although requirements for new databases and the linking of databases are not part of the PASS Act the fact remains through aamva.net and NLETS states can still have information contained in their state Department of Motor Vehicles made available to both federal and international law enforcement agencies without a court order. Two international agencies (AAMVA and the ICAO, an agency of the United Nations) were involved in U.S. policy and law - the Real ID Act 2005 and the newly proposed PASS Act. DHS has called AAMVA the "hub" and "backbone" of the Real ID Act. On AAMVA's own web-site it proclaims it is an international organization that serves law enforcement and motor vehicle administrators. Both the Real ID Act and the PASS Act result in Americans being enrolled into a single global biometric identification system that links a person's body to their ability to buy and sell. The Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs will be considering the legislation very soon. The committee members and their phone numbers are listed below. Ask your neighbors, friends, co-workers, relatives and everyone else you have contact with to make the calls as well. 16 CALLS, 16 MINUTES, FOR YOUR FREEDOM AND FUTURE GENERATIONS FREEDOM.
Senator Lieberman 202-224-4041 Chairman Senator Collins 202-224-2523 Senator Akaka 202-224-6361 Senator Bennet 202-224-5852 Senator Burris 202-224-2854 Senator Carper 202-224-2441 Senator Coburn 202-224-5754 Senator Ensign 202-224-6244 Senator Graham 202-224-5972 Senator Landrieu 202-224-5824 Senator Levin 202-224-6221 Senator McCain 202-224-2235 Senator McCaskill 202-224-6154 Senator Pryor 202-224-2354 Senator Tester 202-224-2644 Senator Voinovich 202-224-3353
FOR MORE ON REAL ID, THE PASS ACT, BIOMETRICS, & INTERNATIONAL LAWS/REGS AND DATABASES GO TO http://www.stoprealidcoalition.com/ they have an action packet as well as several other pieces of information you can review
check this out animal activist and animal lovers!!! we all want more pet responsiblity, we all want to see more animals saved, and we want the officials at all levels to hear us about these problems. here you go... senator williams sends his pregnant dog to a city pound!!! so don't we all have some feelings or reactions this this story?? check it out! with photos and documentation of the pounds intake papers!!
Senator Williams had the County Animal Control Officer, Donald pick up his pregnant dog on March 18th. She was brought to the Marion County Animal Shelter. She had her puppies Easter Sunday. We "pulled" her and her puppies and transported them to a temp. foster home.
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