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7/21/06--Urge Support For Farm Animal Stewardship Act




Kinship Circle thanks Anne K. Baron, [email protected], for bringing this

issue to our attention and providing a letter template as a source of

background information.

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The Honorable Representative _________________________________

U.S. House of Representatives; Washington, D.C. 20510

The Honorable Senators ______________________________________

The U.S. Senate, U.S. Capitol Building; Washington, D.C. 20510

Dear Representative __________________________________ and

Senators _______________________________________________:

I am a registered voter and among the 96% of Americans who feel animals

deserve a legal safety net. I respectfully ask my U.S. Representative to

cosponsor H.B. 5557, the Farm Animal Stewardship Purchasing Act. I urge my

Senators to initiate a companion bill to H.B. 5557 in the U.S. Senate.

Introduced by Congressmen Christopher Shays (R-CO) and Peter DeFazio

(D-ORE), the Farm Animal Stewardship Purchasing Act calls for vendors who

sell animal goods to the federal government -- including the military,

federal prisons, school lunches, or other programs -- to fulfill basic

welfare criterion.

H.B. 5557 stipulates landmark provisions for the largely unregulated

livestock industry. Factory farms seeking to sell goods to the federal

government would be prohibited from starving or force-feeding animals,

neglecting to treat or euthanize sick and injured animals, and intensively

confining animals.

Currently, many egg producers starve birds in 10-14 day cycles to jump-start

egg output. Critically malnourished birds lose up to 35% of their weight and

are predisposed to Salmonella enteritidis infections. In fact, forced

molting is implicated in the epidemic of foodborne illnesses.

Factory farms typically pack six to nine hens inside wire coops no larger

than a filing drawer. Each bird occupies a space half the size of a sheet of

paper and cannot flutter a wing or extend a leg. "Broiler chickens" are

overcrowded inside windowless grower houses. To curtail fighting and

cannibalism, workers amputate the bottom third of each bird's beak.

To create foie gras, ducks and geese are force-fed through metal tubes

lodged in their throats. Most suffer from punctured throats, hideously

swollen livers and exploding stomachs.

Treated as living machines, factory farmed animals receive no veterinary

care. Downer animals, those too ill or disabled to stand, require swift and

humane euthanasia. Yet non-ambulatory animals are shocked, beaten and

dragged with chains and bulldozers. An estimated 90% of downed animals are

preventable with improved care and handling. This is all the more reason to

support legislation that inhibits the severe confinement of animals.

Hog factories warehouse 600-pound sows in metal gestation stalls for a

motionless life atop cement slats. Dairy plants restrain cows in concrete

encased feedlots. Veal calves, chained by the neck inside two-feet-wide

crates, are unable to shift positions, flex their legs or lie down with


In America, at least 10 billion land animals (plus an estimated 17 billion

fish) are annually slaughtered for human consumption. Yet none of these

animals are protected under federal law while on factory farms. I find this

unacceptable. Please let me know your stance on the Farm Animal Stewardship

Purchasing Act. I look forward to your feedback.


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Remembering Shannon Moore


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source. Kinship Circle does not assume responsibility for the accuracy of

the information or for the consequences of its use. Nothing in this email is

intended to encourage illegal action in whatever country you are reading it

in. Kinship Circle does not engage in, nor support, any form of harassment

or unlawful activity. Nothing in this alert serves to promote such conduct.

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