[hsus-action]HUMANElines---Issue 242---April 10, 2003
A project of The Humane Society of the United States
and The Fund for Animals(202)955-3666
--- Issue 242 --- April 10, 2003
EMERGENCY ACTION NEEDED IN TEXAS TO SAVE AMERICAN HORSES:
In Texas, a bill to legalize horse slaughter is at a critical stage. After passing through the House Agriculture committee, H.B. 1324 is now pending in
the House Calendar committee, which is responsible for assigning the bill a hearing date in front of the full House. However, the Calendar
committee has the option of withholding the bill from the full House, and this is our best hope to kill the bill before it goes any farther. Although
H.B. 1324 is a Texas state bill, it will affect horses all over the U.S., because Texas is home to the only two horse slaughterhouses left
in the country. Currently, these slaughterhouses are operating in violation of state law, and H.B. 1324 is the legislature's attempt to allow them to continue to operate in the face of a national outcry.
WHAT YOU CAN DO:
1. All U.S. citizens, especially Texans, can contact Texas Governor Rick Perry and let him know that allowing the legislature to pass H.B. 1324 will
be a black mark on Texas' reputation. Urge him to voice his opposition and to veto any such legislation permitting the slaughter of horses in the state.
Office of the Governor
P.O. Box 12428
Austin, Texas 78711-2428
Send an email through: http://www.governor.state.tx.us/contact
2. Texas citizens: contact the members of the Texas House Calendar Committee, and ask them to kill House Bill 1324. Let them know that the
legislature should not cater to the will of two foreign-owned, horse-killing plants, when the majority of Americans are appalled by the slaughter of our horses.
Texas House of Representatives Calendar Committee
c/o Tessa Zavala, clerk
P.O. Box 2910
Austin, TX 78768
3. Texas citizens can also take a few extra moments to contact each
member of the Calendar committee separately, as this will have the maximum impact. Go to: http://fund.org/uploads/texas.htm for a full list of Calendar committee members and their contact info.
HOLD GOVERNOR MCGREEVY TO HIS WORD: NO BLACK BEAR HUNTS!
After thirty-three years of peace for New Jersey's black bears, the New Jersey Fish and Game Council (NJ F&G) has voted to implement a black bear hunt in Morris and Sussex Counties, to take place Dec 8-13, 2003. The NJ F&G plans to issue 10,000 permits for this hunt. The hunt is being planned (with a final vote on June 10), despite that fact that there has never been a human fatality caused by black bears in New Jersey. In fact, statistics show that states that allow black bear hunting actually have more black bear
attacks on humans than states without hunting. The push for a bear hunt likely stems more from the state's desire to stir up and maintain public
interest in hunting as a whole than out of any real public safety concerns. Just last week, the New Jersey Star Ledger (3/25) reported a 43% drop in hunting licenses sold in the past decade, stating, "officials fear a fiscal disaster if they fail to lure more youngsters away from technology and back to the woods." When Governor James McGreevey was campaigning for office last year, he promised he would support a five-year moratorium on black bear hunting. Now is the time for him to make good on his promise.
WHAT YOU CAN DO:
1. Contact Governor McGreevey, and ask him to keep his promise of a five-year moratorium, and let him know that you do not want any bear hunting. In your letters, ask him to instead intensify public education about black bears, increase aversive conditioning training for police officers and certified animal control officers, and support studies of
black bear contraceptive with HSUS:
The Honorable James McGreevey
PO Box 001
Trenton, NJ 08625
Send an email through: http://www.state.nj.us/governor/govmail.html
2. Please attend the only public hearing on the New Jersey black bear hunts on May 13 at the State Museum in Trenton. For confirmation and times,
call The HSUS Mid Atlantic Regional office at: 973-927-5611.
3. Join New Jersey activists at the Trenton Bear Rally on May 8. Call The HSUS Mid Atlantic Regional office at: 973-927-5611 for more
UPDATE: NPS CONTINUES ITS ANTI-ANIMAL PROPAGANDA ON ANACAPA ISLAND
For the past two years, the National Park Service (NPS) has conducted aerial drops of poisoned pellets over the surface of California's Anacapa
Island, selling the mass-poisoning plan to the public as an imperative to controlling the island's rat population. This week, the NPS aired its
propaganda to millions of Los Angeles viewers in a government-funded documentary mistitled "Restoring Balance." The program, rife with one-sided testimonials from government officials justifying the poisoning, failed to mention the thousands of other native wild animals who were also poisoned in NPS' reckless rat eradication plan. A Santa Barbara News-Press editorial commented that the documentary "fails to provide enough
background on the legal and moral challenges that the poisonings present. . None of this should come as a surprise. The same government agencies
behind the eradication are the ones that OK'd the $70,000 to produce the video." Although the disastrous, two-year poisoning program has, thankfully, ended on Anacapa Island, the NPS is still funding films and trying to build support for additional poisoning projects across the country.
WHAT YOU CAN DO:
Call KCET and them know that you are disappointed in their recent documentary on "Restoring Balance." Tell them that the station has a responsibility to viewers to air balanced documentaries, not government puff pieces.
Phone: 323-953-5238 (press 2 to leave a recorded comment or press 4 to
speak with a representative)
Email: viewerservices @ kcet.org (remove spaces)
THANKS FOR MAKING A DIFFERENCE FOR ANIMALS--TODAY!
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