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For all those who are interested I started a petition on animal rights at Whitehouse.gov. There is a new feature called We The People that accepts any petition. It will go live and be searchable once the number of signatures hits 150. Please read, sign, and pass on.<br><br><a href="http://wh.gov/4SP" target="_blank">http://wh.gov/4SP</a><br><br>
Extend Animal Cruelty Laws to Factory Farm Animals<br><br>
Every year in the U.S. approximately 10 billion farm animals are subject to<br>
extensive suffering and inhumane living conditions in factory farms that no<br>
animal kept as a pet would ever experience. This is primarily a result of<br>
laws known as Common Farming Exemptions. These laws allow animals<br>
raised for food to be given virtually no consideration in regards to the pain<br>
and suffering they experience. Common conditions in factory farms include<br>
debeaking of chickens without anesthesia, removal of piglets tails after<br>
birth, chick culling (the killing of all male chicks shortly after birth in<br>
the egg industry), extremely confining spaces, and of course the eventual<br>
slaughter of the animal. Its time to recognize that animals can suffer and<br>
feel pain whether or not they are our pets.
 

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Its a excellent thought, but I see a problem.<br>
Animal cruelty laws are for the most part, States issues.<br>
How do you extend the exact law in a state like Minn for instance where causing death or great bodily harm is part of the restrictions. How would that work with farms? would the farmer then be obligated not to slaughter the animals? Something like this could never work until enough people were non-meat eaters in the first place, and if that happened, would there be a need for such a law in the first place?<br><br>
I think if a new law was introduced that forced good treatment of the animals, and forced a pain free death prior to slaughter, it would have a good or better chance to be enacted.<br>
It might even cause the price of meat to go up and reduce peoples consumption just on a economical basis alone.<br><br>
extending existing laws will never go.
 

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The intent of the petition is to have similar protections for farm animals that other animals such as pets currently have under state animal cruelty laws. It seeks to remove exemptions for farm animals under those laws. Perhaps this can be done at a federal level to create a minimum base standard that states must adhere to for example what the animal welfare act attempts to do.
 

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The intent of the petition is to have similar protections for farm animals that other animals such as pets currently have under state animal cruelty laws. It seeks to remove exemptions for farm animals under those laws. Perhaps this can be done at a federal level to create a minimum base standard that states must adhere to for example what the animal welfare act attempts to do.</div>
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I understand and I agree with you, but what Im saying is that most of the laws for animal treatment and care currently on the books, were written for family pets.<br>
You need to write strong laws that apply to farmed animals (because no matter how much you wish it, farming is not going to end).<br>
Those laws would have to be concerned with the care and treatment of the animal while it is alive with the realization that it is going to be slaughtered for its flesh. All you can hope for is a better life while they are being farmed, and a quick and painless death at the slaughter house.<br><br>
Everything has to go one step at a time. you have to sneak it on those that are too lazy or feeble to see it coming.<br>
Reword it with the realization that the animal will be killed, regardless of how we want it to turn out, and I will sign. Right now as it is? it can never fly.
 
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