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Category Archive: Government, Law & Politics

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  1. Iowa Congressman Steve King is one of the most anti-animal legislators imaginable (I’m including humans, along with other species). His despicable amendment to the Farm Bill was defeated yesterday  but not before the Colbert Report did this really commendable bit of satire. You may cringe as much as you laugh, but mainstream TV like this definitely makes the world a better place.

  2. NYCLASS is having a Mayoral Forum on Animal Protection Issues this Monday, May 6th 4:30PM-6PM at Union Theological Seminary at 3041 Broadway at 121st Street. RSVPs are appreciated. They say:

    This event is so important and having big turnout is key—for the first time in NYC history, animals are a part of the political conversation, as horse drawn carriages and animal shelter reform are big issues in the NYC Mayor’s race.

    Confirmed candidates attending are Bill de Blasio, Bill Thompson, John Liu, Sal Albanese and John Catsimatides. (Shockingly, Christine Quinn declined)

    Congrats to NYCLASS for pulling this off and we hop it will be a packed hall full of NYC’s best animal advocates (including you!)

    MayoralForumAnimalRights

  3. -Westwood, Los Angeles cat owners, keep your furry friend inside and alive!

    -The faces of The Facebook mounted a campaign to save a ‘Gay Dog‘ from being put down by a Tennessee kill shelter. Gawker covered the story and the dog was rescued! Yay!

    -Want to know your state’s animal-related laws and their penalties? The ASPCA has made it easy!

    -The European Union is set to ban animal testing for cosmetics forever!

    -Will 2013 be the year of ag-gag bills? Our old compatriot Susie Cagle thinks so.

    -Arizona lawmaker seeks ban on awarding live animals as carnival prizes. And he’s a Republican!

    -”Going Vegan in the NFL” has zero mention of ethics. Do any of these guys care about the leather they’re fumbling?

    -Gross. Professional athletes are spraying deer antler velvet into their mouths to stimulate muscle growth. Ew, also.

    -Dust off those passports and book your tickets: the biggest vegan festival in the world is coming to London this October! 

    -Or, if you’re not up for international travels, here’s the NYC Vegetarian Food Festival lineup for 2013, and there’s more to come! How soon is March again?

  4. “The court finds it plausible that Plaintiff could subscribe to veganism with a sincerity equating that of traditional religious views.”

    Congratulations (for now) to Sakile S. Chenzira of Cleveland, Ohio. Chenzira had been fired from a job as a hospital customer service representative for refusing to get a flu vaccine. She refused the vaccine because it was in incubated in a chicken egg.

    If you can read legalese, check out the the court’s Opinion and Order. There’s been no ruling yet on whether Chenzira can continue her employment, but the court did find her claim sufficiently valid to proceed to whatever the next step is.

    The only reporting I’ve seen on this so far is wonky stuff from the business-liability community, such as “3 Employer Bummers” from Employment And Labor Insider, “Fringe ‘religions’ (veganism?) raise interesting problems for accommodation requests” from Ohio Employer’s Law Blog, and a story at BusinessInsurance.com. It makes sense that employers would be following this carefully.

    For a lot of us, the biggest thing we have to worry about as vegans in the workplace is whether we get birthday cake or not. But for some jobs, like Chenzira’s, it can get a lot more serious.

    Can you imagine a situation where sticking to your vegan principles could endanger your job?

    Is veganism a religion? If not, is it equivalent to a religion?

    Would you get a flu vaccine if you felt you were at risk, despite it being incubated in eggs? How serious would a medical threat have to be for you to consider using medical solutions that involve animal products?

  5. Did you know that animal rights groups became the “number one domestic terrorism threat” in this country?

    I didn’t, until I read an interview with journalist and author Will Potter on the Animal Legal Defense Fund website.

    Potter, “is an award-winning independent journalist based in Washington, D.C., who focuses on ‘eco-terrorism,’ the animal rights and environmental movements, and civil liberties post-9/11. His work has appeared in the Chicago Tribune, the Huffington Post, and the Vermont Law Review.” After getting arrested for leafletting, threatened by the FBI, and then testifying before Congress, he became “obsessed” with finding out how this terrifying reality came to be.

    Drawing comparisons to the “Red Scare” era, Potter’s book, Green Is The New Red: An Insider’s Account of a Social Movement Under Siege is, “a thrilling memoir that contextualizes the federal Animal Enterprise Terrorism Act (AETA).” AETA, he explains, was created to expand on the Animal Enterprise Protection Act (AEPA), which was deemed “inadequate in going after radical groups.”

    The article also goes on to discuss the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC), which might be even more scary; “a secretive organization that allows corporations to literally write bills that have been introduced around the country—with lawmakers having no idea that they were actually drafted by corporations themselves”, and provides a link to Potter’s Congressional testimony. I need a hug!

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