The War on Animals

America is very humane when it comes to animals. We even have City Animal Police and animal rights groups. People volunteer for the ASPCA, Goose Green, PITA, and a host of other groups. The American Labor Party recently has dedicated itself to animal rights and supports a Bill of Animal Rights.

Denise Lavoe of the Huffington Post writes:

A group of animal rights activists sued the U.S. government Thursday to challenge the constitutionality of a rarely used law they say treats them like terrorists if they cause a loss in profits for businesses that use or sell animal products.

Five activists represented by the Center for Constitutional Rights filed the lawsuit in federal court in Boston, asking that the Animal Enterprise Terrorism Act be struck down as unconstitutional because it has a chilling effect on lawful protest activities.

Staff attorney Rachel Meeropol said the 2006 law has left activists afraid to participate in public protests out of fear they will be prosecuted.

“There are many terms in the law that are not defined, and because of that protesters don’t have notice that certain conduct is going to violate the statute and what conduct is protected by the First Amendment,” Meeropol said.

Ag-gag is a term used for a variety of anti-“Whistleblower” laws in the “United States of America” a. In “Utah”  and Iowa the recording of undercover videos showing animal cruelty in farming practices is now illegal. Reporters have noted that some of these laws (in particular, Pennsylvania’s pending bill could also be used to criminalize anti-fracking activists, or those who protest the drilling of shale oil and gas using hydraulic fracturing or fracking technique. Once again the republicrats are protecting Big Business and not us or animals.

n 2002, the American Legislative Exchange Council drafted the Animal and Ecological Terrorism Act, a model law for distribution to lobbyists and state lawmakers across the nation. The model bill prohibited “entering an animal or research facility to take pictures by photograph, video camera, or other means with the intent to commit criminal activities or defame the facility or its owner”. It also created a “terrorist registry” for those convicted under the law. Since then, bills to ban photographing or videotaping farms without the farmers’ consent have been proposed or passed in Iowa (passed), Florida (defeated), New York (died), and Minnesota (died) in 2011; in Indiana (died), Utah (passed), South Carolina (passed), Nebraska (died), Illinois (defeated), and Missouri (passed, modified) in 2012; and in Arkansas (passed),Pennsylvania, Illinois, Indiana,Nebraska, New Hampshire (died), New Mexico (died), Tennessee (passed, vetoed), Wyoming, California, Vermont, and North Carolina[15] in early 2013 (prompting Grist to ask if 2013 will be the “year of ag-gag bills”. Three similar laws, more broad in scope rather than limited primarily to recording, were passed in Kansas, Montana and North Dakota in 1990 and 1991 (for more, see below).
The whistleblower advocacy project Food Integrity Campaign (FIC), a campaign of the non-profit organization the Government Accountability Project calls undercover video of livestock facilities by whistleblowers essential:

PITA states: Every day in countries around the world, animals are fighting for their lives. They are enslaved, beaten, and kept in chains to make them perform for humans’ “entertainment”; they are mutilated and confined to tiny cages so that we can kill them and eat them; they are burned, blinded, poisoned, and cut up alive in the name of “science”; they are electrocuted, strangled. A factory farm is a large, industrial operation that raises large numbers of animals for food. Over 99% of farm animals in the U.S. are raised in factory farms, which focus on profit and efficiency at the expense of the animals’ welfare.

Factory farms pack animals into spaces so tight that most can barely move. Many have no access to the outdoors, spending their lives on open warehouse floors, or housed in cages or pens. Without the room to engage in natural behaviors, confined animals experience severe physical and mental distress., and skinned alive so that people can parade around in their coats; and worse.

Military animals are creatures that have been employed by humankind for use in warfare. They are a specific application of working animals. Examples include horses, dogs and dolphins. Only recently has the involvement of animals in war been questioned, and practices such as using animals for fighting, as living bombs (as in the use of exploding donkeys) or for military testing purposes (such as during the Bikini atomic experiments) may now be criticized for being cruel. The military uses Dolphins for bomb retrieval. The Military has a long history of animal experimentation and torture.
The primary federal law relating to animal care and conditions in the US is the Animal Welfare Act of 1966, amended in 1970, 1976, 1985, 1990, 2002 and 2007. It is the only Federal law in the United States that regulates the treatment of animals in research, exhibition, transport, and by dealers. Other laws, policies, and guidelines may include additional species coverage or specifications for animal care and use, but all refer to the Animal Welfare Act as the minimum acceptable standard.
The AWA has been criticized by animal rights groups for excluding birds, rats and mice bred for research, and animals raised for food or fiber as well as all cold-blooded animals. The Government has two acts against Animal Activist, yet one law protecting animals.Looks like we need Animal Socialism.


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