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From 24 March 2005 Issue

LETTERS OF SUPPORT NEEDED ON SB 662 - The Humane Slaughter of Poultry Amendment

SB 662, one of the bills being sponsored by the California Animal Association (CAA), has been assigned to the Senate Agriculture Committee for a hearing sometime in early April.

SB 662 (Migden) seeks to amend California’s Methods of Slaughter law to include spent hens and small game birds. When the Methods of Slaughter law was amended in 1990 to include poultry, spent hens and small game birds were excluded. The law requires that animals used for food must be rendered insensible to pain prior to having their throats cut.

The Farm Bureau is opposing this bill. The California Department of Food and Agriculture also has indicated that it may oppose the bill based upon the supposed financial impacts that including these birds under the law may have on some small slaughterhouses.

It is incumbent upon all CAA member groups to notice their constituents to support this bill.

Please send support letters by March 31 to the following committee members. Letters carry more weight than do e-mails:

Senator Jeff Denham, Chair
Senate Committee on Agriculture
State Capitol Building, Room 3076
Sacramento, CA 95814
Senator.Denham@sen.ca.gov


Senator Denise Moreno Ducheny, Vice-Chair
Senate Committee on Agriculture
State Capitol Building
Sacramento, CA 95814
Senator.Ducheny@sen.ca.gov


Senator Wesley Chesbro
Senate Committee on Agriculture
State Capitol Building
Sacramento, CA 95814
Senator.Chesbro@sen.ca.gov


Senator Dean Florez
Senate Committee on Agriculture
State Capitol Building
Sacramento, CA 95814
Senator.Florez@sen.ca.gov


Senator Dennis Hollingsworth
Senate Committee on Agriculture
State Capitol Building
Sacramento, CA 95814
Senator.Hollingsworth@sen.ca.gov


Senator Abel Maldonado
Senate Committee on Agriculture
State Capitol Building
Sacramento, CA 95814
Senator.Maldonado@sen.ca.gov


Senator Deborah Ortiz
Senate Committee on Agriculture
State Capitol Building
Sacramento, CA 95814
Senator.Ortiz@sen.ca.gov


Senator Charles Poochigian
Senate Committee on Agriculture
State Capitol Building
Sacramento, CA 95814
Senator.Poochigian@sen.ca.gov


Senator Edward Vincent
Senate Committee on Agriculture
State Capitol Building
Sacramento, CA 95814
Senator.Vincent@sen.ca.gov


John Chandler, Committee Consultant
Senate Committee on Agriculture
1020 N. St., #244
Sacramento, CA 95814

Please tell them that all animals used for human consumption should be provided humane oversight and regulation. Financial constraints should not be the reason for these birds to be excluded! The public supports treating animals humanely, including for humane slaughter. And, since birds are not included in federal humane slaughter laws, it is incumbent for Californians to make a statement that all birds deserve legal protections.
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info. from:  United Poultry Concerns  
 

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