Kinship Circle: New Day For Animals? Ban On Dog Racing, Prop 2 Passes…

November 6th, 2008 8:59 pm by Kelly Garbato

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From: Kinship Circle – kinshipcircle [at] accessus.net
Date: Wed, Nov 5, 2008 at 1:41 PM
Subject: New Day For Animals? Ban On Dog Racing, Prop 2 Passes…

KINSHIP CIRCLE ANIMAL DISASTER AID NETWORK

ANIMAL PROTECTION LEGISLATION
11/5/08: A New Day For Animals? Dog Racing Ban, Prop 2 Passes…

2008-11-04 - Kinship Circle - Dog Racing Ban

Massachusetts: Dog Racing Ban Phased In By 2010

November 4, 2008: One vote went to the dogs, literally, as Massachusetts citizens voted yes on Question 3, approving The Greyhound Protection Act.

The majority vote of “yes” on Ballot Question 3 in Massachusetts means that greyhound racing will be banned. The existing dog racing tracks in Massachusetts will be ordered to shut down by January 1, 2010, as commercial dog racing is slowly “phased out” in the Baystate. Massachusetts Ballot Question 3 passed, with 56% voting “yes” on Question 3, and 44% voting “no.” A majority vote was required to pass The Greyhound Protection Act….

California: Prop 2 Passes!

2008-11-04 - Kinship Circle - Prop 2 Passes!

LT PHOTO: http://www.yesonprop2.com/

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RT PHOTO: Sent by KC member Barb Dunsmore

FROM FARM SANCTUARY: In a historic victory, California voters overwhelmingly approved Proposition 2, a landmark measure that bans factory farming confinement systems — battery cages, veal crates and gestation crates — in the state by 2015. By a vote of more than 60%, Californians sent a clear message to big agribusiness that cruelty to animals is unacceptable…

FROM KINSHIP CIRCLE: The California Prevention of Farm Animal Cruelty Act passed in the largest agricultural state in the U.S., particularly for egg-laying hens. Some feel this ban on the most egregious cruelty doesn’t go far enough, as animals remain unable to be themselves in a natural setting…and are still drugged, mishandled, slaughtered, and consumed.

But clearly — the issue of how animals become meals has entered mainstream consciousness. Of equal importance: The people have a voice. Despite the millions agribusiness lobbyists spent on overturning this initiative, it passed. The ballot initiative system, fueled by grassroots stamina, worked.

Looking Ahead To A More Humane Administration

While Kinship Circle, a 501c3 nonprofit charity, does not publicly endorse candidates — we can report that our new president, Barack Obama, and vice president, Joe Biden, score quite high on their humane voting records. And, our new predominately Democrat Congress has a more lenient approach to animal protection and environmental issues than the outgoing administration.

Our work never rests. We still need to pass laws regarding horse slaughter, downed animals, puppy mills, endangered wildlife…and much more. But maybe, just maybe…a new day for animals and people has begun.

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READ HOW OBAMA & BIDEN HAVE VOTED ON HUMANE BILLS:
http://hslf.typepad.com/political_animal/2008/09/humane-society.html

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KINSHIP CIRCLE REFERENCES:

JULY 2008 DIGEST: Help Proposition 2 Win Relief For Animals In Calif.
http://www.kinshipcircle.org/digest/2008_07.html#anchor3

Don’t Blow This Landmark Chance For Farmed Animals
http://www.kinshipcircle.org/letter_library/letter.asp?LetterID=1709&seriesfirst=true

http://www.kinshipcircle.org/fact_sheets/FactsAboutPoultyEggIndustr.pdf

http://www.kinshipcircle.org/fact_sheets/FactsAboutThePorkIndust.pdf

http://www.kinshipcircle.org/fact_sheets/FactsAboutDairyVealIndustr.pdf

DISCLAIMER: Kinship Circle believes a vegan lifestyle is the ultimate way to end animal cruelty and other devastating impacts of animal agriculture. While suffering may be slightly reduced via more cage space, enforced anti-cruelty laws, “humane slaughter,” etc. — these upgrades cannot eliminate: Confinement, deprivation, drugging, manhandling, brutal slaughter, dismemberment, and consumption.

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