Saturday, April 16, 2011
Peaceable Kingdom: The Journey Home premiered in New York during the Finger Lakes Environmental Film Festival at our very own Cinemopolis. Here I am with Harold Brown, one of the subjects of the film, after the movie. I am not sure why I am smiling; for the past hour and a half I had been sobbing. George was frustrated; he wondered why we even went since my reaction was predictable. I told him it was important for me to support the film and to be a witness.
During the Q&A with Harold, Jenny Stein, and James LaVeck, LaVeck was very careful to say that everyone had his or her own journey to take. Even when someone asked what they should know to eat more "humane meat," they didn't say, "There is no such thing," but pointed them to the Humane Myth website. As for me, I thought of the Doctor Who episode "The Beast."
Friday, April 15, 2011
Missouri is the number-one puppy-producing state in the county, supplying pet stores from coast to coast with hundreds of thousands of dogs annually, and is notorious for its lax animal-care standards and proliferation of unlicensed breeders. Unless it is vetoed by Governor Jay Nixon, the bill the House just passed (SB 113) will not only supersede the PMCPA—which includes such humane provisions as increased cage size, prohibition on the use of wire flooring and restrictions on breeding frequency—it will make parts of the state’s commercial breeding law even weaker than they are now.
“In spite of decades of urging by the animal welfare community, the Missouri General Assembly remained silent on the issue of puppy mills until after the voters spoke. The failure of the General Assembly to address the problem is why we finally took this straight to the people,” says Cori Menkin, ASPCA Senior Director of Legislative Initiatives. “And as evidenced by the passage of Proposition B, Missourians care deeply about puppy mill reform. That state legislators are discarding Prop B and ignoring the will of the people they are supposed to represent is appalling, insulting and disrespectful.”
If the legislature succeeds in blocking implementation of the PMCPA, it could have consequences far beyond Missouri. States as close as Oklahoma, Texas and Nebraska and as distant as Hawaii are currently considering puppy mill-related measures of their own. Unfortunately, lawmakers in these states are regarding these developments in the Puppy Mill Capital of America as a bellwether of reform. If the PMCPA is gutted in Missouri, your state’s puppy mill law might be next.
The fate of millions of dogs now hangs on the decision of one man. Please visit the ASPCA website to learn what you can do.