by Park [email protected]
The Humane Scorecard is a valuable annual resource
prepared by the Humane Society of the U.S.
The Humane Society of the United States | Home Page
and The Fund for Animals
The Fund for Animals: Home
The Scorecard shows the votes of every U.S. Senator and
Representative on a variety of animal related issues and this year
covers legislation passed or rejected by the 106th Congress on leghold
traps, lethal predator control, dolphin protection, crush videos,
cockfighting, bear protection and chimpanzee sanctuaries.
If you are a supporter of one of these two organizations
they mail you a nice hardcopy of the Scorecard. It can also be accessed
online at this page of The Fund for Animals, you need Adobe Acrobat
Reader which is available from a link...
The Fund for Animals: How Did Your Legislators Vote in
the 106th Congress?
Looking over the data I noticed that the 106th Congress
banned interstate commerce in and commercial gain from Crush Videos,
which depict the sexual fetish of women crushing small animals to death,
by a large majority. But I had to wonder why there were 42 House
Representatives who voted against the ban. Is there a lobby for animal
porn in Congress? It must be especially strong in Georgia, where that
state's 11 representatives were equally divided on the issue. Five for,
five against, one absent (behind the barn perhaps?). (Apologies to AR
friends in Georgia, our legislators in Texas had a more pitiful record
on animal protection).
The information in the Scorecard is most helpful in
preparing letter writing and phone campaigns to your congressional
representatives on the animal issues that concern us, and The Fund for
Animals website is one of my favorite places for information on pending
national and state legislation. Please remember, the current
administration is a tad bit hard of hearing when the topic is animal
protection. Speak Often.
Go on to Warning
Easter Lilies Toxic to Cats
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