Wednesday, November 15, 2006

Lame Duck Congress Passes Animal Terrorism Bill - Senate Calls Needed to Stop Horse Slaughter Bill

A SAOVA message for sportsmen, pet owners and farmers concerned about protecting their traditions, avocations and livelihoods from anti-hunting, anti-breeding, animal guardianship advocates. Forwarding and cross posting, with attribution, encouraged.

Dear SAOVA Friends,

Some form of the anti-pet breeder Santorum-Durbin Pet Animal Welfare Statute (PAWS) will be introduced next year, but we have one more task to finish *right now*. The Animal Enterprise Terrorism Act (S3880) passed the House yesterday afternoon, to the dismay of many animal activists and dangerous zealots. The remaining piece of work for us in this Congress is to insist the Senate bury HR503, HSUS's ill-named "Horse Protection Act" amendment.

HR503 places emotion ahead of animal welfare and public health, sets dangerous precedents of Federal interference in animal owners' end-of-life decisions and establishes a special, quasi-human status for a livestock species. It also results in less, not more, protection for unwanted equines and places significant financial burdens on state and local governments. That's why the American Veterinary Medical Association, most horse groups and the National Association of Counties oppose this bill.

Please *CALL or FAX* your two Senators *TODAY* and urge that they reject HR503. Contact phones numbers may be found at

House OKs bill aimed at animal activists
Associated Press

WASHINGTON- Animal rights advocates who threaten scientists conducting animal research or companies funding or affiliated with it could be fined and imprisoned under a bill the House passed Monday and sent to President Bush.
Current federal law makes it illegal for activists to damage animal research organizations, farms, zoos, pet stores and other similar operations.
The legislation extends those prohibitions to interfering with third-party organizations such as insurance companies, law firms and investment houses that do business with so-called animal enterprises. Supporters said the bill is aimed at protecting people and companies from animal rights terrorists.
Violators could be sentenced up to a year in jail for economic damages of less than $10,000, and up to five years in prison if a threat produced a "reasonable fear" of bodily harm. Prison sentences of up to 10 years could result if someone is actually injured.
Although the bill specifically condones peaceful animal rights protests, critics said it comes close to infringing on advocates' constitutional rights.
"I am not for anyone abusing their ... rights by damaging another person's property or person," said Rep. Dennis Kucinich, D-Ohio. "But I am for protecting the First Amendment and not creating a special class of violations for a specific type of protest."
The bill passed the House on a voice vote. The Senate passed it in September
Thank you.
Bob Kane Sportsmen's and Animal Owners' Voting Alliance -Working to identify and elect supportive legislatorshttp://saova.orgFrustrate the Anti's - Take your children to the Ringling Brothers Barnum & Bailey Circus and a Rodeo

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