Help Ban Live Animal Markets

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Originally Posted: 30 September 2009

Help Ban Live Animal Markets

From Kinship Circle

SIGN UP TO FIGHT SAN FRANCISCO'S LIVE MARKETS

Sign up HERE
Check the section labeled "OTHER"
Type in the box: SF LIVE MARKETS

TO PARTICIPATE IN A POLITICAL CAMPAIGN AGAINST LIVE MARKETS

  • You are a San Francisco resident.
  • Or, you live within a 20-mile radius of San Francisco.
  • Non-residents: Forward this alert to anyone you know in the Bay Area!

California League of Humane Voters will contact you about a strategy session
when enough volunteers have signed on.

League of Humane Voters, California Chapter
Rich McLellan MD, Director
Michiko Vartanian, Communications
ph: 323-666-9075 / email: CA@lohv.org
Facebook: LOHVCA / Twitter: LOHV-CA

NOT A BAY AREA RESIDENT? YOU CAN STILL TAKE ACTION HERE
7/21/09: Cruelty For Sale At San Francisco Live Animal Market

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INFORMATION
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We've learned that San Francisco's live markets abuse not only domestic fowl like chickens and ducks -- but also frogs, turtles, rabbits, guinea pigs, game birds, fish and lobster. Turtles suffer some of the worst conditions.

To date, no merchant has been prosecuted under California Penal Code 597(a), 597(b), 597a, and 597t, which outlaw cruelty to ALL animals. California's food/agriculture code is also ignored each time customers move live birds on public transit and inside car trunks. Animals are ferried into restaurants, buses, trains, and shared dwellings -- often kept alive to be "fresh killed" prior to meals -- in violation of San Francisco's Health Code 050.

SF authorities have not enforced animal welfare and human safety laws, citing an exemption for "poultry" and domestic fowl. But California law 599b identifies "animal" as "all dumb animals" and 597(b) specifies that "every person who causes any animal...to be tortured, tormented, deprived of sustenance, drink, or shelter...is guilty of a crime."

In the wake of California's successful Prop. 2 (the 2008 ballot initiative that bans gestation crates, veal crates, battery cages), Dr. McLellan of California's League of Humane Voters sees a chance to "out-vote" the powerful Asian lobby. "But an opposing interest group needs to pressure them politically, within San Francisco. It needs to be a well organized political effort similar to the one HSUS coordinated for Prop 2," he says.


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