And not surprisingly to me, Ohio's Republican Senator Rob Portman was a
co-sponsor. I have NEVER ever gotten a reply from him re the many, many e-mails I sent
him through petitions- many involving animal and environmental issues. At
least our Democratic Senator Sherrod Brown responded to most of mine. However, I am
still waiting for a response from him and Representive Marcy Kaptur regarding the
SAFE Act which would stop the sale of our horses to Mexico and Canada and the
slaughter which follows.
The full title of the Sportsman Bill: A bill to protect and enhance
opportunities for recreational hunting, fishing, and shooting and for other purposes.
*The bill would exempt ammunition and fishing tackle that contains LEAD
from being regulated by the Toxic Substances Control Act.
*The bill would allow states to issue electronic duck stamps instead of
forcing hunters to wait for physical stamps.
*The bill would provide grants for wetland conservation.
The Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation supported the bill saying it "protects
the use of traditional ammunition, allows more flexibility for federal funds to be
used to build and maintain ranges on public lands and ensures access to federal lands for
hunting, shooting, and other outdoor activities."
Isn't that nice? They think that hunters should be able to use public
lands when- as I've read somewhere, they only make up a small percentage of Americans.
What about the concerns of those of us who see hunting as cruel and unnecessary?
The Animal Welfare Institute opposed the bill and said, "It is an attack
on our nation's wild animals and habitat." They also feared the bill would eliminate the
Environmental Protection Agency's authority to regulate hazardous substances -- including
lead which is a dangerous neurotoxin which is released by ammunition and sport fishing
In the process, I learned some civics re this bill as well. It failed
CLOTURE in the Senate on July 10, 2014. And because of this, the bill was provisionally dead due
to a failed vote for cloture. (Cloture is required to move past a Senate filibuster or
the threat of a filibuster and takes a 3/5ths vote. In practice, most bills must pass
cloture to move forward in the senate.)
And today I also happily read a corroborating message from In Defense of
Animals-"The Sportsmen's Bill (S.2363) has been killed. Huge victory for wildlife
and public lands." The bill would have been devastating to the protection of wild
animals and public lands. It would also have prioritized hunting, fishing, shooting,
and trapping on public land and even allowed the importation of trophies (body parts)
from polar bears killed by hunters even though they have been listed as threatened
Yes, IDA I agree-- it is truly a victory for wildlife and public lands.
There is nothing selfish in all of this. The Sportsman bill would I believe have been a
selfish endeavor-for the relatively few Americans who hunt and fish -- only for the pleasure
of killing sentient life without need.
AN ILL-ADVISED RULE RE THE SLAUGHTERING OF CHICKENS BEING CONSIDERED
It sounds great- the "Modernization of Poultry Slaughter Inspection Rule"
which, according to the petition I received today is something we need to tell
President Obama and Secretary Vilsack to abandon. How could anyone think that allowing the
poultry companies to inspect their own chicken slaughtering would be a good thing?
Per the Food & Water Watch -- "Only Superman would inspect 175 chickens
per minute. Eliminating government inspectors and replacing them with chicken company
employees may save a few dollars, but at too high a price. President Obama is
considering final approval of the ""Filthy Chicken Rule."
Obama continues to disappoint. When it comes to animal suffering, he seems
to have no heart or concern for them. Even now with USDA inspections -- thousands
and thousands of chickens daily go through a horrendous and cruel slaughtering
line -- some of them boiled alive in the process. And now he and Vilsack think that
USDA inspections are not needed? What is needed is continued survellience and harsh
infractions wherever these poor birds suffer at the hands of greedy
corporate owners. What is needed is getting rid of the battery cages from hell so that these
poor animals can have a life. And they are instead considering making even a greater
hell for the chickens with the new proposed Filthy Chicken Rule.
I doubt that Obama looks up to and respects Mohatma Gandhi who said you can
judge a nation by the way it treats its animals. America is no shining example of
compassion to animals- though some nations are considerably worse. Today again I
received news that Spain continues to use spent greyhounds for hunting and they treat them
in the process. It should not come as a surprise. Many animals besides
bulls suffer at their hands.
And of course, South Korea persists in eating dog meat. There are concerns
re food hygiene and the illegal slaughter of canines. Per Lee Yong-ju of the Korean Animal
Welfare Association "Some people argue that if we legalize the industry, it could
help improve (dog) food hygiene. But history shows dogs can't be raised for food in a
(They are even beaten to death to make their meat more tender.)
China too stubbornly defends its yearly dog meat festival which continues
despite protests. They say "This is our tradition, and we are used to eating dog. It's
(part of) our culture, and we won't change...But we won't kill our pet," one butcher, who's been in
the trade for 10 years, told CNN." Should we be impressed with his illogic? All dogs are
potential pets --given the chance.