Reintroduction of bill making it illegal to take pictures; please send sample letter
BACKGROUND | FROM BEAUTEFANTASY
Billions of animals need our help. Yesterday, Florida Senator Jim Norman reintroduced his bill to protect animal abusers by making it a crime to film animal cruelty on factory farms. Senator Norman wants to stop groups like PETA, MFA, HSUS, and others from filming undercover video of factory farming. He states factory farming is a private industry and therefore the public does not have a right to see what goes on inside their walls. He says that if people saw the pigs getting castrated, for example, they would probably not eat ham (McDonalds). The animals desperately need your voice. Without you, they have no hope.
WHOM TO CONTACT
14031 N. Dale Mabry Blvd.
Tampa, FL 33618
Senate VOIP: 41200
Dennis Cadle and Ben Kelly
214 Senate Office Building
404 South Monroe Street
Tallahassee, FL 32399-1100
Senate VOIP: 5068
Please retract your plan illegalizing Animal Rights Activists documenting animal cruelty
Dear Senator Norman,
If you were confident all animals are being treated “humanely”, you would gladly welcome Animal Rights Activists. Many of these resulted in heightened food safety and animal welfare improvements. However, we both know that cruelty is prevalent, suffering is felt by all, and slaughtering, in and of itself, is inhumane, the deliberate taking of a life. Subsequently, the public has every right to see from where their food comes.
Ten billion non-human animals are slaughtered every year in decidedly inhumane manners: when cows are skinned while still conscious; when pigs suffer in gestation crates, barely able to move; when male chicks, of no value to the industry, are thrown alive in huge trash bags; when many industry standards cause suffering, including tail docking, castration, branding, and tagging, all with no anesthesia; when people beat on the animals and subject them to such agony.
Although not required, I do feel it important to validate my concerns: when I try to imagine what possible motive animal abusers entertain for subjecting their animal victims to such malicious, heinous acts of brutality, I fail, but I am thankful for a lack of cognitive understanding and rationalization. To engage in such malevolent behaviour absolutely suggests sociopathic and sadistic tendencies and demonstrates an incontrovertible lack of morality regarding other living beings and a gross disrespect for the law. In fact, a person who shows such a remarkable lack of compassion towards animals has, disturbingly enough, the ability to show such indifference towards humans. This link between animal and human abuse has been established, and if we excuse or ignore the torture or killing, we would be serving an injustice to both animals and society.
With that in mind, you should be confident that transparency is the best decision; however, if you continue with your plans to introduce legislation making it illegal for Animal Rights Activists to document the treatment of animals, we can only conclude that you are hiding behind legislation the real hideous nature of factory farming.
You may be interested to read the following expose:
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a picture speaks a thousand words
perhaps many that some
do not want heard
but the point that is so very
taking pictures..a right that
we hold dear
to help those who do
not have a voice to speak
those precious beings,
by man, made weak
Karen Lyons Kalmenson