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Animal Legislative Update from Vanessa Gagne

Thu, April 16, 2020 8:01 PM | Sue Gallup (Administrator)

From the desk of Vanessa Gagne:
ANIMAL ISSUES LEGISLATIVE UPDATE

April 16, 2020

UPDATES

SeaWorld shares are under $10 a share.  Buy some up and help out the largest known private facility to save and rehabilitate ocean wildlife in North America.

There is a news article floating around about zoos in Europe having to feed surplus hoofed stock to the carnivores in their collection due to lack of funds from ticket sales.  This is actually standard practice for some zoos in those countries for several reasons:  It saves money, it allows for natural feeding behaviors (the animals are still humanely euthanized beforehand), it provides scientific benefits to school children who learn about the circle of life and about anatomy through dissection.  Just another headline trying to rile folks up in an already tumultuous time. 

IN THE NEWS

U.S. Zoos, Trapped by Coronavirus, Seek Federal Loans
(Paywall, WSJ)

Farmers are forced to let crops rot and throw away milk while food bank demand soars

Utica Zoo acquires wildlife sanctuary

Chicago goatherds, shepherds and duck owners wary of new push to regulate livestock after death of horse

Meat production threatened with disruption; shortages expected

Don’t be fooled by animal rights groups: COVID-19 has nothing to do with animal agriculture

Westchester bans wild and exotic animals from circuses
This had been fought against by people on our side for quite some time.  Due to coronavirus worries, the public in person hearing was cancelled and all accounts had to be phoned in during a certain time, which was changed at the last minute the Friday before the hearing.  It is all too common for this to be the case when our side tries to offer any opposition to a city council or board of commissioners who have already made up their minds.  
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