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15 April 2001 Issue
A Review of the 106th Congress on Animal Legislation

by Park StRanger@aol.com 

The Humane Scorecard is a valuable annual resource prepared by the Humane Society of the U.S.

http://hsus.org/ 

The Humane Society of the United States | Home Page

and The Fund for Animals www.fund.org 

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?

http://fundforanimals.ctsg.com/library/documentViewer.asp?ID=146&table=action_alerts 

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.

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