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                                                                                   Animal News Weekly - July 18, 2013

U.S. Residents - The Dangerous King Amendment to the Farm Bill is Back

In Defense of Animals

The revamped Farm Bill, including the highly controversial King Amendment, was approved by the House last Thursday. House-Senate negotiators are now working to resolve the differences between their bills. Please ask your Senators and Representatives to reject the King Amendment to the 2013 Farm Bill. The King Amendment, proposed by Representative Steve King of Iowa, claims to protect interstate commerce, but in reality it is designed to undermine animal welfare laws enacted by individual states. King states on his website that he is specifically targeting the California law which will only allow eggs to be sold from hens housed in less restrictive cages, as specified by the state, by 2014.

Ninety-five percent of egg-laying hens spend their entire short, miserable lives crammed into tiny cages with as many as ten hens per cage. Battery cages are stacked on top of one another and are packed into windowless sheds with thousands of hens per shed. Hens are so confined in battery cages that each bird has less than the size of a sheet of paper to herself. These hens never get to spread their wings, breathe fresh air, see the sunlight, nest, forage, or even turn around.

Hens should not be confined to battery cages. And according to the 10th Amendment to the Constitution, states should be able to ban the sale of agricultural products if they are not produced in a manner approved by that state. Please click here to ask your Senators and Representatives to oppose the King Amendment to the 2013 Farm Bill.

Long-Suffering Elephant Nosey Needs Your Help Today

In Defense of AnimalsNosey the elephant is being dragged around from festival to festival this summer, forced to give rides. This week, she is being used at the Berlin Fair in Marne, Michigan, through July 20th. Nosey’s exhibitor, Hugo Liebel, was recently fined for violations of the Animal Welfare Act for decades of documented abuse and neglect, yet he is still allowed to exploit Nosey. Elephant rides are a danger to Nosey—and the public.

The festival committee needs to hear from you today. Please send an email to ask them to cancel the rides and send this cruel exhibitor on his way.


Important Look at Sea-Parks and Their Prisoners

In Defense of AnimalsMany of us have experienced the excitement and awe of watching 8,000-pound orcas, or "killer whales," soar out of the water and fly through the air at sea parks, as if in perfect harmony with their trainers. Yet, in our contemporary lore this mighty black-and-white mammal is like a two-faced Janus—beloved as a majestic, friendly giant yet infamous for its capacity to kill viciously. Blackfish unravels the complexities of this dichotomy, employing the story of notorious performing whale Tilikum, who—unlike any orca in the wild—has taken the lives of several people while in captivity. So what exactly went wrong?

Shocking, never-before-seen footage and riveting interviews with trainers and experts manifest the orca’s extraordinary nature, the species'cruel treatment in captivity over the last four decades, and the growing disillusionment of workers who were misled and endangered by the highly profitable sea-park industry. This emotionally wrenching, tautly structured story challenges us to consider our relationship to nature and reveals how little we humans have learned from these highly intelligent and enormously sentient fellow mammals. - See more at:

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