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While I enjoyed this cover story, I was a bit disappointed that Krayton Kerns (R-Laurel) didn't make the MT list. Here you have a guy who moved to table (kill) bills which would have regulated the state's notorious puppy mills AND would have made spectating at dog fights a felony (MT is the only state in the union where attending dog fights is NOT a felony--while dog fighting itself is a felony). Kerns fears the Slippery Slope: If you can't watch dogs being abused in the fighting ring, that might threaten your ability to watch other animals being abused in the rodeo arena. If you require that dogs in puppy mills be treated humanely today, you might decide that livestock on ranches and farms deserve humane consideration tomorrow. The icing on this crap cake is the fact that Kerns is...(wait for it!)...a veterinarian.
See also "The big lick: Horse abuse for fame and fortune." Don't miss the X-ray of the nail-filled hoof--and then imagine the agony in each and every step. This piece includes links to short videos, photos, and more. http://www.othernationsjustice.org/?p=5361
"...one assumes the octopus is gross. We fill in the parts we can't see with suckers and a creepy beak, so that the less we know the worse we imagine."
This kind of talk only leads to oppression of cephalopods. Why must they be exploited in glib yet grim comparisons to county attorneys? Is this fair? Cephalopods are conscious, intelligent beings who employ reasoning, which is more than you can say for a lot of Homo sapiens. Just look at the mess in Ravalli County. So who's the *real* sucker here, hmmm?
But seriously, and just FYI--several fascinating, short videos of octopuses engaged in problem-solving and tool use (amazing!) are linked in this piece, as well as instructions for a no-sew octopus costume: http://www.othernationsjustice.org/?p=9855
Thank you George Price and Indian People's Action for organizing against the megaloads and the tar sands blight upon the Earth.
"I'd rather represent people, not animals."
One might consider that he/she will be representing many people who care about animals, and who care about intact ecosystems. Animals don't vote, but their advocates do.
"If people in Missoula care so much about Grizzlies, how come 726 hasn't been found?"
A $6500 reward has been posted for a bear gone missing over a year ago 200 miles from Msla. What else can Missoulians do?--other than raise their voices by advocating for wildlife and habitat and voting for likeminded candidates.
It's disheartening to see candidates and politicians continue to make either/or dichotomies out of important issues--humans OR animals, grizzly recovery OR feeding kids, western MT vs. eastern MT, etc.
One more thought...sheep on the ground in eastern MT is an entirely different scenario than sheep on the ground in mountainous, high-elevation native griz habitat adjacent to Yellowstone. The point is, there are nuances to these arguments. (Then again, sheep on public land in eastern MT might be impacting sage grouse habitat; then the question becomes, "how many sage grouse do we need?!?")
The question is not "how many native grizzly bears do we need in Montana?" but "why are there ANY exotic, domestic sheep in native grizzly habitat at all?"
Puppy mills...it's an issue that must remain in the public consciousness given that the Montana legislature has sold out again, refusing to regulate breeders. The more citizens who are aware of the suffering and abuse of puppy mill dogs, the more support for the next legislative fix.
In 2013, the House Ag Committee struck down House Bill 439, which would have created the “Montana Commercial Pet Protection Act” in an effort to ensure that commercial pets bred, sold, exchanged, or made available for adoption in Montana are healthy. It also included requirements for record-keeping, inspections, and fees.
The bill was supported by the Montana Veterinary Medical Association, among others. HB 439 was tabled (killed) in executive committee action; Rep. Krayton Kerns, the veterinarian (yes!) who moved to table Montana’s attempt to criminalize attendance at dogfights, also moved to deny humane treatment for puppy mill dogs. The exploiters won’t risk allowing these bills to proceed to the full chamber for discussion–where compassion and justice might overrule greed and special interests. Thanks go to Rep. Margie MacDonald for introducing the bill.
Find links to the legislative efforts as well as to the original Chilinski articles (and a video of the malamute rescue) at the Other Nations puppy mills page (under 'issues' in the menu bar) http://www.othernationsjustice.org/?page_i… There you'll also find links to many more resources and videos. Regulating abusive breeding-for-cash should be the easiest sell in the world. Better yet, let's put breeders out of business. Adopt, don't shop! Thank you, Indy, for covering this.
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