STOP SUBSIDIZING FILTHY LIVESTOCK INDUSTRY.
STOP SUBSIDIZING THE FILTHY LIVESTOCK INDUSTRY.
Dear Caring friend,
The Washington Post published a very important article on
the subsidy to Livestock industry's pollution :
For Big Hog Farms, Big Subsidies
Taxpayers May Foot the Bill for Environmental Cleanup
Please let's send a Thank you note to Washingotn post on the
"Big Hog Farms, Big Subsidies" article . Please encourage
them to write more on the Factory farms and Slaughterhouses :.
Email : letters@... (@... )
Thanks to all of your efforts & comments to EPA on the CAFO issue.
Now, with the Environmental Protection Agency contemplating new and
potentially costly regulations governing livestock waste, lobbyists for
the pork, cattle and poultry industries have proposed that taxpayers help
foot the bill.
The US Senate will be back to vote on this issue soon . Please let's
write this very important letter to the Senate, President Bush and some
Cabinet members to stop subsidizing the filthy livestock industry
pollution. (* it just passed in the U.S. House.)
The SAMPLE LETTER and ALL OF THE CONTACT
INFORMATION enclosed below.
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Thanks for your kindness and urgent help.
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SUBJECT : Please Stop Subsidizing the filthy Livestock Industry.
In light of the recent Washington Post article:
"For Big Hog Farms, Big Subsidies, Taxpayers May Foot the
Bill for Environmental Cleanup ", (see Reference # 1 )
We strongly request you please stop any bill that would lift the
cap on the size of livestock producers to be eligible for the subsidy
from USDA's "Environmental Quality Incentives Program"(EQIP)
for the environmental damage created by the livestock producers.
Please use your power to greatly reduce the skyrocketing subsidy
for all "meat and dairy" producing livestock industry producers .
There is no any other industry in the United States to get such special
treatment to have the Tax payers to pay for the industry's POLLUTION.
While the entire nation is going thru the economic hardship, the
House taking it easy to magnify the subsidy to the livestock industry's
pollution despite the public outcry . It would increase the overall
size of the EQIP program from $200 million to $1.2 billion per year.
Over the past decade, the food industry gave Congress over
$41 million in campaign contributions. More than a third of that money
went to members of Senate and House Agricultural Committees.
(see Reference # 2 ).
While the livestock industry(meat,dairy, poultry ) argue that they are
"Feeding the Country ", our reasons to request you to stop the subsidy
to the Live Stock industry can be viewed from different angles
in terms of : A: Human Health, B: The Environment,
C: The Animal Welfare :
A: The Human Health :
1.37 million in 1998, or 58%, of all U.S. deaths in 1998, were
attributed to diseases for which consumption of animal products
represents a substantial risk factor.
The principal risk factors for Heart diseases are high cholesterol
levels. Saturated fats raise cholesterol levels. They are found
predominately in animal products .
According to "Cancer Prevention Coalition", Nitrites are widely
used as preservatives in hot dogs, besides other meat products.
Nitrites combine with amines naturally present in meat to form
carcinogenic and is associated with cancer of the oral cavity,
urinary bladder, esophagus, stomach and brain. There is substantial
evidence on the risks of childhood cancer from the consumption of
meats containing nitrites as well as the brain tumors in the offspring.
With the breast cancers so rampant in the United States particularly,
injections of Bovine Growth Hormone(rBGH) causes cows to
produce up to 20 percent more milk and a ten-fold increase in
IGF-1 levels in cows receiving the hormone. IGF-1 is not
destroyed by human digestion. IGF-1 maintains the malignancy
of human breast cancer cells, including their invasiveness and
ability to spread to distant organs.
For more detail , please review the References # 3 .
B: The Environmental impact of the US Livestock industry :
In U.S., "factory farms" generate more than 130 times the amount
of waste that people do. Pollution from livestock farms seriously
threatens humans, fish, and ecosystems. Animal waste contains
disease-causing pathogens such as Salmonella, E. coli,
Cryptosporidium, and fecal coliform, which can be ten to 100 times
more concentrated than in human waste. More than 40 diseases
can be transferred to humans through manure. The nitrate levels
in groundwater surrounding the Hog farms' manure "lagoon"
(a giant disposal pit) are 18 times the legal limit.
For more detail, please review the References # 4
C: The Animal Welfare issue of the US livestock industry :
Over nine billion farm animals are killed in the United States each year.
The vast majority are raised in intensive-confinement systems
(factory farms), in which the greatest possible number of animals are
raised in the smallest possible space and at the lowest possible cost
to maximize productivity and profits. These animals are treated as mere
commodities rather than social, intelligent creatures who are capable of
great suffering and emotional stress. The traditional storybook farm,
where animals can interact and move freely in the barnyard and fields,
is virtually a thing of the past.
For example, in the year 2000, nearly 98 million hogs were slaughtered in
the United States, and the vast majority were raised in "HOG factories"
At such facilities, breeding sows spend most of their lives in a
"gestation crate" about two feet wide and similar to the size of the
back seat of a compact car. She can NOT turn around.
She is fed at one end of the crate, and her feces collects at the other.
She often frantically and repeatedly biting the metal bars. Against all
her natural instincts, she must give birth to piglets, nurse them, eat,
sleep, defecate, drink, stand and lie in the same cramped space.
The nursing period is cut drastically short by the premature
separation of the piglets from their mother. The sow is immediately
re-impregnated and then sent back to the "Gestation Crates" again !
This vicious cycle is repeated over and over again until the sow's
"productivity" wanes, and she is promptly dragged to slaughter !
Gestation crates are so cruel that they have been outlawed in other
countries, but tragically, they remain common in the United States.
Another example , the harsh conditions in veal factories result in severe
calf diseases. By depriving veal calves of their mother's milk, fresh
air, exercise, adequate nutrition, and proper veterinary care,
veal factories are a breeding ground for stress and infectious diseases.
Veal factories attempt to counter the effects of intensive confinement
by administering a wide array of antibiotics and other chemicals.
This "cost effective" practice represents a significant hazard to public
health.(please click photo : http://www.cok-online.org/abol/9/exhibit/ )
The unfortunate "food animals"(livestock) whose number is more than
90 % of all animals are completely, purposely excluded from the
Animals Welfare Act and all of the other animal cruelty law in the
country.(Federal and State.) The only law is "Humane Slaughter Act"
which is NOT even enforced . Billions of innocent animals are routinely
skinned alive, dismembered alive in the thousands of slaughterhouses.
For more detail, please review the References # 5 .
Again, please stop any bill that would lift the cap on the size of
livestock producers to be eligible for the subsidy from USDA's
"Environmental Quality Incentives Program"(EQIP) for the
environmental damage created by the livestock producers.
Please stop any subsidy to such unhealthy , public hazardous
"meat and dairy" livestock industry which kills millions Americans ,
damage the Environment, and relentless cruel to billions of animals
every year .
Thanks so much for your kindness and help.
P.S.: IMPORTANT REFERENCES :
For Big Hog Farms, Big Subsidies
Taxpayers May Foot the Bill for Environmental Cleanup
(**** Letter Ends here **** )
CONTACT INFORMATION : (ALL OF THE CONTACTS
ARE VERY IMPORTANT. YOUR MESSAGE NEEDS TO
REACH TO ALL OF THEM . THANKS.)
# 1: WRITE TO ENTIRE U.S. SENATE .
# 2: WRITE TO BUSH, AND HIS CABINETS MEMBERS.
# 3: Write to the Secretary of Agriculture Ann Veneman .
# 4: Write to the EPA Administrator Christine Todd .
# 5 : Write to the U.S. House Leaders :
# 6: WRITE TO YOUR OWN TWO U.S. SENATORS.
# 7: WRITE TO YOUR OWN U.S. REPRESENTATIVE .
NOW , Let's work hard on this very important issue :
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a: Senator Ben Nelson(D-NE):
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b: Senator Mark Dayton (D - MN)
Tel: (202) 224-3244
CONTACT # 2 :
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U.S. Constituent(s) (if you live in U.S.)
The President George W. Bush
The White House
1600 Pennsylvania Ave NW
Washington, DC 20500
Tel: 202-456-1414 ( 9am-5pm, please stay on the line to talk to
the Operator. )
(Politely tell President Bush to stop subsidizing Live Stock industry !)
Fax: 202-456-2461 (in U.S.A.)
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U.S. Department of Agriculture
14th & Independence Ave., SW
Washington, DC 20250
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Environmental Protection Agency (EPA ),
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Tel: 202-564-4700 (in USA )
Fax: 202-501-1450 (in USA ).
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Christine T Whitman
Ariel Rios Building
1200 Pennsylvania Avenue, N. W.
Washington, DC 20460
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A SPECIAL NOTE :
PLEASE BOYCOTT JAPANESE , NORWEGIAN PRODUCTS
FOR THEIR CONTINUOUS MASSIVE KILLING OF GREAT
WHALES FOR MORE THAN 1000 WHALES A YEAR.
WITHOUT STOPPING , SOON ALL OF THE WHALES WILL BE
GONE FOREVER !
PLEASE ADVISE YOUR FRIENDS, MEMBERS, RELATIVES
TO DO THE SAME. THANKS FOR YOUR CARING.