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Austria Passes Anti-Cruelty Law
Good news from Austria. Lawmakers, voted unanimously
to enact an anti-cruelty law, one of Europe's harshest, will ban pet
owners from cropping dogs' ears or tails, force farmers to uncage their
chickens, and ensure that puppies and kittens no longer swelter in pet
shop windows. It makes it a crime to bind cattle tightly with ropes
also. Includes fines of $2,420, and in cases of extreme cruelty could be
fined up to $18,160 and have their animals seized. Chancellor Wolfgang
Schuessel said Austria was sending a stern message to the rest of Europe
and the world about respecting animals.
The new law also outlaws the use of lions and other
wild animals in circuses and makes it illegal to restrain dogs with
chains, choke collars, or "invisible fences" that administer mild
Four Paws (an Austrian animal rights organization)
says that it's a step in the right direction. However it won't do enough
to improve conditions for cattle and pigs. The Austrian Farm Federation
opposed the law, arguing that it will increase costs for farmers and
could lead to more imports.
Wouldn't it be nice if our government did something
IFAW has a petition going around asking for signatures
for a Kerry/Bush debate on the environment/animals.
The article was in today's news The Record.
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God's Creatures Ministry is committed to spreading God's
compassion to all He has made based on The Scriptures. Although we are a
Christian Ministry, we encourage all to have their own animal welfare committee
in their community. We extend our resources to those who would like to learn
more or begin their own God's Creatures Ministry as an extension of us. God
created us to have a vegetarian diet and commissioned us to protect His animals.
Instead, we have exploited them for our entertainment, fashion, appetite and
useless, torturous research. These creatures have the right to live as they were
created to live. Because we live IN this world, but are not OF this world, we
strive to bring God's mercy and justice to all. We live in God's Kingdom now
where Jesus, The Sacrificial Lamb, The Prince of Peace, The Lion of Judah
reigns. We look forward to that day when all of creation will be 'set free from
slavery to corruption and share in the glorious freedom of the children of God'
(Romans 8:21) where a little child will lead and guide God's creatures (see
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