FOR ANIMALS NEWS

Prevention of Farm Animal Cruelty Act
May 31, 2010

The Prevention of Farm Animal Cruelty Act (HR4733) would prohibit the government from purchasing any animal products from animals raised in veal & gestation crates and battery cages. If passed, this legislation would send a message to agribusiness that the U.S. government will no longer turn a blind eye to the inhumane treatment of animals raised for food. Call you federal representative and ask him or her to support HR 4733.

Humane Euthanasia of Shelter Animals Act
May 31, 2010

Michigan House Bill 4263, the Humane Euthanasia of Shelter Animals Act, and House Bill 4083 both would ensure that when the state's unwanted, sick or unadoptable shelter animals have to be euthanized; the procedure will only be done by injection of sodium pentobarbital. This method is called euthanasia by injection. Please contact you state representative.

Say No to Moose Hunting
May 31, 2010

Moose were nearly eliminated from MI in the late 19th century, and despite relocation efforts in the Upper Peninsula, their population remains fragile. Unfortunately, some legislators have now introduced legislation (S.B. 1013) which would open a moose hunting season in MI for the first time since 1889. With only 500 to 600 moose in MI, and the long-term survival of this species still in question, there is simply no reason to initiate this hunting season. TAKE ACTION. Please make a brief, polite phone call to your state representative and urge opposition to S.B. 1013 which would open a moose hunting season in MI.

Victory for farm animals in Michigan!
October 12, 2009

Thanks To You, Michigan To Protect Farm Animals

Dear Michele,

In a landmark achievement for farm animals, Michigan Governor Jennifer Granholm signed a bill today that will phase out some of the most cruel and inhumane cages on factory farms.
The new law phases out veal crates for calves, gestation crates for breeding pigs, and battery cages for laying hens. Not only does Michigan have more than ten million laying hens and about 100,000 breeding pigs, it's a top veal-producing state as well -- so the new law will prevent many millions of animals from enduring a lifetime in cages so small they can barely move.
Animal protection groups, including the Michigan Humane Society, The Humane Society of the United States, and Farm Sanctuary, worked together with agriculture groups to find common ground and create a pathway in the legislature to end these practices. Now, Michigan joins California, Arizona, Florida, Maine, Colorado, and Oregon in banning this type of extreme confinement. This is also the first time that a state legislature has banned battery cages.
Thanks to the actions of compassionate people like you, we've taken a major step forward for farm animals in Michigan and across the country.
Thank you for all you're doing to help farm animals.
Sincerely,

Mike Markarian
Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer
The Humane Society of the United States

P.S. Additionally, we just passed a law in California today that bans tail-docking of dairy cows, making the largest dairy state the first to do so.


Man gets probation in cat abandonment

BEULAH -- A judge sentenced a man to probation after he left more than 60 cats to starve and die in his former home. Todd Joseph Bukowiecki, 39, on Thursday pleaded no contest to a single count of animal cruelty and was sentenced to two years of probation. MORE


Thors Warrios

Thors Warriors is an effort started by author Chris Wright after he learned the dogs' former owner faced no legal action and was re-issued a kennel license. Chris built a web site that chronicles the ongoing journey for justice. These dogs were rescued from a home in Roscommon County in January. The lawsuit is still pending. Please check out thorswarriors.com to see the condition these dogs were in when rescued and how you can help.

For more info:
http://www.thorswarriors.com
http://www.connectmidmichigan.com/news


Carl Levin Seal Hunt Senate Resolution 33

As he did during the last session of Congress, U.S. Senator Carl Levin (D-MI) again demonstrated strong leadership in protecting wildlife by organizing a bipartisan group of senators to support a resolution condemning the brutal Canadian seal hunt.
Introduced on February 1, Senate Resolution 33 urges the government of Canada to end the commercial seal hunt. Citing a 2001 veterinary report by the International Fund for Animal Welfare, the resolution denounces Canadian seal hunting for failing "to comply with basic animal welfare regulations in Canada." Levin introduced a similar resolution in November 2003.


Dissection Choice Policy in Michigan

Michigan legislators are considering legislation that will allow students who have a moral objection to classroom dissection to use an alternative. Approximately six million vertebrate animals a year are killed and used for dissection in U.S. classrooms. Many students object to inhumane and unnecessary practice of killing animals when adequate alternatives are available. Students who use alternatives learn the material as well as or better than students who perform dissection. Alternatives are less expensive than the use of animals and this should be extremely appealing to schools during these times of tight budgets.
H.B. 4254, which is in the House Committee on Education, proposes to give students a choice on dissection. Please contact your legislators and urge them to support H.B. 4254 which will allow students who have moral objections to dissection in classrooms to use an alternative.The exact text of the short bill can be found here.

1. Contact your representative. Ask him/her to co-sponsor HB 4254. Please keep the letters very polite. If you had an experience with dissection that you feel would be relevant, please include it in your letter. Elected officials like a personal touch.

Your Representative
PO Box 30014
Lansing, MI 48909-7514
Clerk's Office: 517-373-0135
http://www.house.mi.gov

2. Contact the House Education Committee where the bill now sits. Please ask them to vote the bill out of committee.

House Education Committee
PO Box 30014
Lansing, MI 48909-7514
committee@house.mi.gov (put House Education Committee in the subject line)
Or send individual e-mails to the committee members here.