When we think about the senseless pain and suffering that animals still face every day in the factory farms, puppy mills, etc. of the world, it can be hard to realize that progress is being made. That’s why I think it’s so important to remember that the momentum is on our side.
As recently as a decade ago, the only relevant law on the books regarding farm animal treatment was a 50 year old federal law requiring that some (but not all) types of farm animals be “humanely” killed before slaughter. Pushing better animal laws through congress can be incredibly difficult, so we’re fortunate that states have begun taking control of the issue. VegNews magazine recently posted a great roundup of laws banning veal crates, gestation crates and battery cages. It’s a quick and easy read, so check it out and get yourself in the know.
Another issue that drifted along for a few years but finally seems to be picking up steam is the Animal Abuser Registry movement. The idea is simple, animal abusers pose a significant threat to the animals and people within a community. For similar reasons to those behind sex offender registries, communities would be safer if convicted animal abusers’ whereabouts were made public. The Animal Legal Defense Fund has created an easy to sign petition that allows you to e-mail your local state representatives and let them know how important this issue is.
Sending an e-mail couldn’t be easier, and for those who have never done any direct political advocacy, it would be a nice warm up for the upcoming Humane Lobby Day. Remember, HLD is Tuesday, February 22nd at 9:30am (Plants & Animals meetup at City ‘o City at 8:45).
For more info on HLD and other opportunities to get involved with our group, come to tonight’s P&A open volunteer meeting. I promise I’ll buy you a hot chocolate…maybe.