Archive for January 24th, 2012

Florida “Ag Gag” Bill to be Amended in Senate

Tuesday, January 24th, 2012

by Ashley Lopez (Florida Independent)

During a state Senate agriculture committee today, a measure created to stop animal rights activists from taking pictures of farming operations in Florida was asked to be amended before receiving a vote.

State Sen. Jim Norman’s omnibus agriculture bill currently has a provision that activists have nicknamed an “Ag Gag.” The measure would prevent the release of information (photos, video, etc.) obtained by “whistleblowing employees and undercover investigations.” The information, in the past, has included exposés documenting “animal abuse, unsafe working conditions, and environmental problems,” according to one group.

If passed, anyone taking pictures or recording images of “a farm or farm operation … without the prior written consent of the farm’s owner or the owner’s authorized representative” would be guilty of a crime.

As The Florida Independent’s Brett Ader previously reported, the bill had been crafted “at the behest of Wilton Simpson of Pasco County, where Simpson Farms produces 21 million eggs annually for Florida’s second-largest egg seller, Tampa Farm Service.”

During today’s committee hearing, groups such as the Florida Feed Association and a state cattle group showed their support for the bill. Norman’s representative at the hearing claimed the provisions is a way to prevent situations where activists take pictures that “mislead the public” by showing actions they say are “inhumane” but are actually “legitimate practices.”

“It is to protect, in a way, agriculture industry,” Norman’s representative said. He claimed it was a response to the media’s negative view of the industry.

But some on today’s panel questioned what exactly the bill was created to prevent.

State Sen. Gary Siplin, D-Orlando, understood that the bill was aimed at stopping misrepresentation of farm work, referring to the tactic as “making a scene.” Sen. David Simmons, R-Altamonte Springs, pointed out that that wrinkly is not explicitly stated in the bill. He argued that the “Ag Gag” portion of the bill was written unclearly.

Laura Bevan of the Humane Society of the United States, who testified against the bill today, agreed. She explained that the bill is ”very broad” and could have “unintended consequences.”

“There are already bills that takes care of trespassing and slander,” she said.

Bevan also argued that there are no examples of activists getting industries in trouble because of video that “misrepresents” farming.

“That has never happened,” she said. “We are basically saying that if someone is falsifying documents, there is another way of dealing with that.”

“What are we hiding?” Bevan asked the committee. “What does agriculture have to hide?  This is basically slamming the doors and saying, ‘What happens on the farm stays on the farm.’”

Due to the uncertainty of the language in the bill, Paula Dockery, R- Lakeland, asked that the “Ag Gag” portion be amended before the committee casts a vote on the bill. The committee agreed.

An unamended House version of this bill has already made its way through the House agriculture committee.

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DFDS Seaways Lied!!! Calls/Emails Needed to Stop Shipment of Minipigs

Tuesday, January 24th, 2012

Posted by NAVA

Some companies think they can simply lie to us and we’ll simply go away, without realising that we always catch them out. DFDS was one such company. In May last year, following immense pressure from supporters and customers, they issued a statement claiming that they will not transport any animals for research purposes.

They lied to us, they lied to their customers but most of all they betrayed the animals.

NAVA has obtained information that this Friday DFDS Seaways, operating under their Norfolk Line brand, will conduct a shipment of animals for British laboratories. The consignment is of minipigs, being transported from Dunkirk to Dover on behalf of Danish breeder Ellegaard Gottingen.

Will you sit back and allow them to get away with it? Only action will stop them! Make calls, send emails, organise demos and most of all let DFDS know that they cannot get away with propping up the vivisection industry.

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Dear Mr. Duquette and Members of the FBI

Tuesday, January 24th, 2012

This comment was left by Dave Duquette on a post entitled Leaked Email from Horse-Eater “Devil” Dave Duquette to Fellow Abusers:

“This page was sent to our FBI friends, any harassment of these folks will be monitored and sent to the FBI accordingly. AETA ring a bell???Think before you do.”

Following is a response…

by Brennan Browne

Glad to have you on board. I hope you will find the following educational, Mr. Duquette. Perhaps you can form a discussion panel at your upcoming conference regarding what’s fueling the horse slaughter industry, instead of simply concentrating on ways to profit from the torture and murder of these iconic, regal beings.

In light of recent attempts by lawmakers working on behalf of Big Ag in Florida, Minnesota and Iowa to ram through legislation attempting to criminalize undercover video exposés of animal torture, and trample the First Amendment rights of anyone daring to reveal the rampant cruelty, filth and concentration camp conditions taking place behind closed doors, I thought my rebuttal to the President of the American Farm Bureau, Bob Stallman, would be of interest to readers. I sent this to Mr. Stallman nearly one year ago with–surprise!–no reply.

An excerpt regarding horses:

Bob Stallman states:

Horses are another target in the animal rights campaign. There are approximately 100,000 unwanted horses slaughtered each year and sent overseas for human consumption. But legislation in Congress (HR 503 and S311) would ban equines from being slaughtered, which would open the door for neglect. Animal rights organizations are preying on people’s emotion and touting their devotion to horses, but still offer no alternatives for what to do with these animals. The existing horse shelters are full and there is no funding for new ones. This is another extreme animal rights position that hitches a ride on the coattails of our national love for horses.

Brennan Browne:

Your concern for neglected horses is touching. Unfortunately, your pseudo-sympathetic display falls woefully short of championing horses’ rights to live out their natural lives in peace; after being used up by the rich,”horsey” set, which overwhelming dumps their equine family members when they become too expensive, too old or can’t sire “winners.”

Horses that give their ALL in service to those that in return, unceremoniously betray them with a reward of desperation, hunger, thirst and terror, as they are crammed into trailers and carted off to be hacked to death and bled out for human consumption.

Animal rights groups would LOVE to “prey” on peoples’ emotions, if only your ilk had any. Here’s your ‘alternative’ to equine slaughter and a message to horse “owners” [a vile term of subjugation and slavery]: TAKE RESPONSIBILITY. Make a commitment to your horses from cradle to grave. Allow them a serene life and NATURAL DEATH, or if unavoidably warranted, a quick, painless, end to their suffering via lethal injection.

The horse racing industry accounts for the majority of atrocities which horses endure throughout their lives and overwhelmingly fuels the glut of horses sent to their violent and gruesome deaths. The answer to equines being brought to slaughter is to STOP OVERBREEDING and to grant horses dignified, peaceful deaths. GREED–AND ONLY GREED is the driving, predominant factor in the horse abattoir business.

~The following is courtesy of Doris Lin who researches and blogs on animal issues ~

Animal rights activists do not believe in killing any animals for food, but there are several arguments that apply specifically to horses.

* Horse slaughter increases prices and profits for horse breeding. If there is no profitable or easy way to dispose of unwanted horses, fewer horses will be bred. As reported in the Morning News, “Before slaughterhouses closed, ranchers knew they could get $1 per pound for the meat. The same meat is now worth only about 20 cents per pound . . . Ranchers are also simply getting out of the horse business, said Ross Lockhart, owner of Stockman’s Pride in Bentonville. He used to raise registered quarter horses but hasn’t bred anything for the past two years.”

* Many Americans believe horses are special, and should be treated more like companion animals than livestock.

* Neglect and abandonment do not increase when slaughterhouses close. According to the International Fund for Horses:

California banned horse slaughter in 1998. California has experienced no increase in abuse cases, and even noted a decrease 3 years following the ban. During the 4 years that the Cavel slaughterhouse was closed, Illinois saw a noticeable decrease in abuse and/or neglect cases. Texas, which had the only two slaughter plants in 2003, had among the nations highest rates of cruelty and theft.

* Some believe that horse slaughter is unusually cruel. At some slaughterhouses, horses are first stunned with a captive bolt gun, then bled to death. However, the horses are sometimes improperly stunned, and are sometimes skinned and bled while still conscious.

* Allowing horse slaughter creates another source of profit for thoroughbred breeders, thereby supporting horse racing, to which many animal advocates object.

* Several major horse racetracks oppose horse slaughter.

* There are about 9 million domestic horses in the US, and approximately one percent of that number are sent to foreign slaughterhouses each year. If shipping live horses for slaughter were banned, that relatively small number of horses could be absorbed by the horse community in the US.

The Upshot

Whether prohibiting the export of live horses for slaughter will lead to neglect and abandonment remains to be seen, especially in an economy where foreclosures threaten all types of companion animals. However, several major racetracks oppose horse slaughter and taking away an incentive for breeding or overbreeding is a powerful argument against horse slaughter.

Bob Stallman:

If this legislation passes, however, it will not only infringe on constitutional property rights, but it will set up a slippery slope for animal agriculture. If horse slaughter can be banned without being based on food safety, science or facts, what’s next?

Brennan Browne:

Constitutional property rights? You have just unwittingly zeroed in on the number one reason for the existence of the AR Movement. Your callous, disgusting and arrogant belief that sentient beings are no more than “property,” [reinforced by antiquated laws which go back several centuries] to be treated as despicably as you see fit and then disposed of at your whim. The day will soon arrive when knuckle-draggers such as yourself will be held accountable in a court of law; where non-human beings will finally see justice done on their behalf. As for your “slippery slope” regarding animal-ag death camp torture, the toilet is its appropriate, final, resting place.

I’m not sure how “science” [Mr.-there-is-no-global-warming] fits into your pro-slaughter argument, so lets stick with food safety and facts. Aside from the obvious moral and ethical issues involved, horse slaughter should be banned based solely on LACK of food safety. It’s a well known ‘fact’ that race horses–which make up the vast majority of U.S. horses slaughtered for human consumption–are DOPED. Aside from this, any horse which has received even the equivalent of an aspirin or other oral medications will have those residues in his/her body at the time of slaughter. There are NO REGULATIONS in the U.S. to prevent horse owners from administering banned substances prior to slaughter because horses are not regarded as food animals. Something you must be well aware of since you happen to be a cattle rancher, who I’d bet the ranch, has sent more than your share of “unwanted” horses to slaughter. When you defend horse slaughter as a means of feeding the populace, you not only advocate an unnecessary evil at the expense of majestic beings, but you defend poisoning human beings as well!

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A note from Walter Bond to his supporters

Tuesday, January 24th, 2012

A letter from Walter Bond came today, dated Jan 17.  He writes:

Well I’ve been in Oklahoma for a week now waiting to be transferred to Marion.  They told me upon my arrival that Marion is where I’m heading (no surprise there).  Hopefully I will be there by the time you get this letter, but if not go ahead and let all the supports know where I’m at and where I’m at and where I’m heading.  That way they can start writing me again.  I should be able to receive mail here, but if not, that’s alright.  Now that I’m in BOP custody, my mail will follow me wherever I go.  Of course wait til I get where I’m going before sending any books or money.  I’ve been in the SHU (the hole) since I got here, no cellie as of yet.  This has got to be the most boring place on Earth.  I can go outside for an hour a day, but this is at 6 AM.  I haven’t even tried to go out.  January in the Midwest is no time to be outside in a T-shirt.  If they issued us coats I would go out.  I’m back on the “no flesh diet” and it’s way better here than in Pahrump or County Jail.  Black bean veggie burgers, wild rice, seitan and real Russet potatoes …

Even though I’m bored stiff, I am glad to be on the tail end of my journey.  I’ve been reviewing the last 18 months mentally, and wow what a wild ride! …

Please let the supporters know that I can receive as many letters as I am sent, but that I may be limited on how many I can send out, so they should not feel discouraged if it takes awhile for me to respond.

As of Monday, January 23, Walter is still listed on the BOP inmate locator as being at FTC Oklahoma City http://www.bop.gov/iloc2/LocateInmate.jsp

You can send mail to him there.  If they won’t give it to him, or if he gets transferred to Marion before it arrives, he says it will be forwarded to him at Marion.  He said don’t send books to him at Oklahoma City, just letters.  To be on the safe side (to avoid having your letter returned), don’t use return address sticker labels and remember to write your address in the body of the letter, because everything you sent him previously has been thrown away by the jail and he is not always given the envelope you mailed it in.

Walter Bond
37096-013
Federal Transfer Center
PO Box 898801
Oklahoma City OK 73189-8801

As soon as the inmate locator lists Walter’s location as Marion, you can click on the link to get the address.  Also it will be listed on the fb page, supportwalter.org, negotiationisover.net and arprisoners.org.

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Lawrence Jacobs of the Windy City Gators has requested special attention

Tuesday, January 24th, 2012

Lawrence Jacobs

by NIO Florida

As part of this week’s community outreach initiative, a member of the Windy City Gator Club, Lawrence Jacobs, has come forward to request special attention:

“I will sleep fine at night because the University does so much good that it out weighs the bad. Why don’t you all respect people’s privacy and keep your emails for someone who believes in your cause. I am not one of them. There are bigger fish to fry in this world and you all are worried about some monkeys. Give me a break.”

In order to foster a more compassionate worldview, we must be generous with our time today and explain to Lawrence exactly why, as long as he supports the monkeys in UF’s dungeons living in misery and pain, he has forfeited his peace of mind.

Please feel free to call Mr. Jacobs at  (773) 972-2728

Email: [email protected]

He can be reached on skype at: irishpinoyz

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