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Reintroduction of bill making it illegal to take pictures; please send sample letter

December 11, 2011
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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

Telephone: 813-265-6260

Email: norman.jim.web@flsenate.gov

District Office:

14031 N. Dale Mabry Blvd.
Tampa, FL 33618
(813) 265-6260
Senate VOIP: 41200

Legislative Assistants:

Dennis Cadle and Ben Kelly

Tallahassee Office:

214 Senate Office Building
404 South Monroe Street
Tallahassee, FL 32399-1100
(850) 487-5068
Senate VOIP: 5068


SUBJECT

Please retract your plan illegalizing Animal Rights Activists documenting animal cruelty


SAMPLE LETTER

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:

They die piece by piece : Investigation reveals rampant cruelty in industrial slaughterhouses

Thank you for your time and attention.

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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
clear
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


18 Comments leave one →
  1. December 11, 2011 10:04 pm

    Done, sharing ~

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  2. December 12, 2011 1:06 am

    Senators are appointed by us to serve us, NOT force their own opinion (probably for payola).

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  3. karen lyons kalmenson permalink
    December 12, 2011 3:44 am

    a picture speaks a thousand words
    perhaps many that some
    do not want heard
    but the point that is so very
    clear
    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

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  4. Isabella Ireland permalink
    December 12, 2011 6:46 am

    Dear Stacy,

    I did send yoour letter to Senator Norman. However, I’d like to comment. Your intentions are most noble, but is it really effective to complain with a person who actually is the cause of the complaint? This individual represents the farming industry and is on their side. So he is part of a problem, not a solution. We should address the petition to those legislators who can help to stop Senator Norman.

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  5. December 12, 2011 9:59 am

    Dear Stacey ,

    contact here too : thanks to Brenda Mlinaric ( in comments on this article posted on the FB Vegan page )

    District Office:

    14031 N. Dale Mabry Blvd.
    Tampa, FL 33618
    (813) 265-6260
    Senate VOIP: 41200

    Legislative Assistants:

    Dennis Cadle and Ben Kelly

    Tallahassee Office:

    214 Senate Office Building
    404 South Monroe Street
    Tallahassee, FL 32399-1100
    (850) 487-5068
    Senate VOIP: 5068

    Great article as usual :DD x

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  6. December 12, 2011 3:57 pm

    Anyone who facilitates animal death or suffering or destruction of Wildlife habitats seriously needs REMOVING..!! As the legend on my V-twin cruiser numberplate says, “Earth: Love Her – Or LEAVE Her….”

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  7. December 12, 2011 5:31 pm

    “The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated. I hold that the more helpless a creature, the more entitled it is to protection by man from the cruelty of man.” -Gandhi

    Shame on you ” senator ” Norman….

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  8. December 12, 2011 6:43 pm

    we may not like what we see ..but how are we to know unless its shown an pictures dont lie keep up the good work , thank you …..xx

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  9. rachel monat permalink
    December 12, 2011 7:54 pm

    thats why i dont eat meat!

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  10. December 13, 2011 4:31 pm

    Everyday something new shows up about how we as humans treat or eat animals on this earth! TO KILL IS WRONG NO MATTER WHAT THE ANIMALS IS! Why can’t the money people see what their doing to this nation America. Am I just stupid or has all this been going on forever? Could it be that out president is NUTS? I don’t know how everyone else things about him but here my opinion! HE IS FOR SURE A REAL “NUT CASE”………………..
    “Larry Grazier

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  11. MoandKate08 permalink
    December 13, 2011 6:56 pm

    Senator Norman….I suppose you were a “yay-sayer” making it legal for military men to have sex with animals???? GET A LIFE DOUCHEBAG!

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  12. rinki permalink
    December 18, 2011 10:25 pm

    its a shame how instead of supporting anti-cruelty measures, the various world govts try to ensure that more cruelty continues

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  13. Charlene Novak permalink
    December 19, 2011 9:55 am

    shared, & will send letter

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  14. Jet permalink
    February 1, 2012 10:07 am

    Good luck with your animal rights work in China. That’s where you’re working, right? Because that’s where that picture of the pigs at the top of this page was taken. In 2007.

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  15. September 12, 2015 4:19 pm

    I agree with you, there is more than too much animal cruelty going on on this planet, and many people lie about it to profit off it. But why the hell do you need to do the same?? take the article’s photo for an example: this ain’t animal cruelty for f*cks sake, that’s just a friggin transport box. if you ever had to take a cat to the vet you know that you can’t just let it sit on the passenger’s seat, the lil’ hairball would go crazy mad and possibly put the driver in danger of losing control of the vehicle. the same with pigs! look at the car in the background, might be the transport vehicle, looks pretty sh*tty. if you let 8 pigs run around freely on the back while driving on a highway they would all get scared, start to panic and probably jump on the driver who then crashes at full speed and causes many deads. if you wanna stand against animal cruelty, at least research before blogging half true bullshit. and another thing: how would you guys feel if strangers start taking photos of your stuff? taking photos on private area without the approval of the owner is a criminal offense and piggies still belong to the owner (which is the real crime here people)

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