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Yesterday's edition of "Issues with Jane Velez-Mitchell" spotlighted the signature gathering effort underway in Ohio to place a modest, yet meaningful, farmed animal protection initiative on the November 2010 ballot.
Visit OhioHumane.com for information on how you can support this important campaign - which would reduce the suffering of nearly 27 million cows, pigs, and chickens on Ohio factory farms each year.
Stop this Coral Reef (and marine mammal) From Becoming a Landing Strip
Oura Bay, Henoko is home to Japan’s last remaining Dugong (looks a lot like their cousin, the manatee). Between 20 and 50 of the endangered Dugong live and feed in the coral reefs of this Bay. But not for long if the U.S. military has its way. There are plans underway to landfill this area to build a US Marine airstrip directly over the delicate reef these endangered creatures call home.
Futenma Air Station is located in the center of Ginowan, a densely populated city in Okinawa, and generates noise pollution, accidents, and incidents on a daily basis. Your predecessor, Donald Rumsfeld called Futenma the "most dangerous U.S. base in the world." In 2004, a Marine helicopter crashed into the campus of a university in Ginowan.
Take action now and tell United States Secretary of Defense, Robert Gates to stop plans for the airstrip. It’s time to save the coral reefs and the dugong!
If you’re a whale (and, we’re guessing that you’re not) public enemy number one to you right now is President Obama. It’s hard to believe, but unfortunately very true. The Obama Administration is proposing a deal that would re-open commercial whaling for the first time in over two decades.
President Obama has been backing away from his promise to save the whales and instead moving towards a deal that would benefit corrupt Japanese business ventures.
Tell President Obama that this is outrageous! Commercial whaling is cruel and unacceptable. We WILL NOT stand by and watch commercial whaling paint our oceans red with the blood of whales.
Sign the petition and tell the President to keep his promise to save the whales.
On April 20, the Supreme Court of the United States declared unconstitutional the "Crush Act," a 1999 federal law banning the creation, sale and possession of materials depicting genuine acts of animal cruelty. The Crush Act was passed to ban the sale of "crush videos," in which women crushed to death small animals, to satisfy the sexual fetishes of internet customers. Crush videos virtually disappeared from the internet following passage of the law, before the government initiated a single prosecution.
The Court said the law was overly broad, prohibiting certain videos that the Court believes need First Amendment protection. IDA immediately denounced the Supreme Court decision while calling upon Congress to immediately craft a replacement bill that can pass the Supreme Court's First Amendment analysis.
The next day, Representative Elton Gallegly (R-CA) introduced H.R. 5092. The new bill amends the Crush Act to give it a much narrower focus, but would still prohibit selling or offering to sell any depictions of animals being crushed, drowned, impaled or burned where such actions are illegal.
H.R. 5092 will help ensure that the crush video industry does not come back to life. The original Crush Act was passed with little opposition - please make sure your Representative is a co-sponsor.