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Challenges to California’s battery cage ban, plus Marius the giraffe

February 11, 2014 Leave a comment Go to comments

There is so much animal media today! I don’t think anybody could have missed the killing, by the Copenhagen zoo, of a healthy young giraffe whose genes were deemed too common for the European breeding program.  I have a piece on it coming out on the Huffington Post — no URL yet but you should be able to find it Tuesday morning via my Huff Post page: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/karen-dawn/
I hope you’ll check it out and comment below.
You’ll find a New York Times article, which appeared on page A6 today, Monday, February 10, under the heading, “Anger Erupts After Danish Zoo Kills a ‘Surplus’ Giraffe,” on line at http://www.nytimes.com/2014/02/10/world/europe/anger-erupts-over-danish-zoos-decision-to-put-down-a-giraffe.html or
http://tinyurl.com/lzswybt
You can send letters to the editor at letters@nytimes.com

An issue that will affect far more animals, billions more, than those found in zoos, is covered beautifully in the Los Angeles in an op-ed by Farm Sanctuary’s Bruce Friedrich, under a heading that asks, “Which should come first, healthier chickens or cheaper eggs?” The subheading of the piece is:
“California should be celebrated, not sued, for banning inhumane practices such as battery cages.”

We learn that Missouri has filed a federal lawsuit “alleging that California regulations infringe on Missouri’s sovereignty.”

Friedrich explains:
“The two California laws at issue go into effect Jan. 1, 2015. The first is Proposition 2, a 2008 initiative passed overwhelmingly by California voters, which requires cages large enough for egg-laying hens to stand and spread their wings. The second law is legislation passed two years later requiring that all eggs sold in California, including those from out of state, meet the state standards.”

Friedrich tells us “Battery cages, the cruelest of all factory farming systems, are illegal across the European Union and have been condemned by the Pew Commission on Industrial Farm Animal Production.”

It’s an important piece, which you’ll find on line at:
http://www.latimes.com/opinion/commentary/la-oe-friedrich-california-eggs-20140210,0,3811444.story#axzz2skz7YW6f
or http://tinyurl.com/kx5jljo

Please read it and share it so that people learn of the suffering behind the all American breakfast.

It opens the door for letters to the editor in favor of compassion towards members of other species, laws that protect them, and, best of all, egg-free plant based diets! You can send your letter to letters@latimes.com

Always include your full name, address, and daytime phone number when sending a letter to the editor. Remember that shorter letters are more likely to be published.

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