The stipulations of our petition are outlined in the letter addressed to Senator Boxer and Feinstein. Essentially, we are requesting the reformation of the Humane Slaughter Act and Twenty-Eight Hour Law so that they are more inclusive, regulated, and humane. We are also calling to redefine the word "confinement" as applied in CAFO's (Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations) in the hopes of providing each animal a healthier environment. Ultimately, we are endorsing welfare and health of both animals and humans in the state of California with the intention of reforming legislations and setting a progressive precendent for rest of the nation.
By signing this petition you will also be sending a personalized letter (identical to the one below) to both senators. Help be a voice to the voiceless and speak out against animal cruelty.
Thank you for your willingness to serve and represent the citizens of California. As a taxpayer and voter, I respectfully request your support for my petition on the reformation of two current pieces of legislation concerning animal welfare and CAFO regulations. Both the Humane Slaughter Act and Twenty-Eight Hour Law fail to prevent the brutal treatment of livestock and poultry, which I explain further below. I am targeting legislation in California with the hope of setting a precedent for the rest of the nation.
The 1958 Humane Slaughter Act essentially states: before being shackled, hoisted, thrown, cast, or cut cattle, calves, horses, mules, sheep, swine, and other livestock must be rendered insensible to pain by a single blow by gunshot, electrical, chemical, or other rapid and effective means. Research and investigations have repeatedly proven this regulation is not being upheld. I am therefore asking for more thorough inspections of slaughterhouses by the Food Safety and Inspection Service, which should be considered imperative for environmental and human health. Additionally, I want to extend the application of this law to all poultry, which comprise 92% of all animals killed in CAFO's.
I am also asking that the Twenty-Eight Hour Law (saying animals cannot be held without food for more than 28 hours) be reduced to a Fourteen Hour Law and upheld without exception from company requests or species of animal. Fourteen hours, according to research conducted by the European Union, is the maximum amount of time to withhold food and still be considered ‘humane’.
Finally, I am requesting that the term 'confinement' be redefined in the CAFO industry. Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations, or "agricultural operations where animals are kept and raised in confined situations", are responsible for the largest display of species brutality and genocide in history. As the state producing the largest GDP in the United States, the nation with the largest GDP in the world, it is necessary to exemplify humane treatment towards all livestock and poultry as well as establish a level playing field for small business owners. Confinement should therefore be redefined as guaranteeing each animal enough living space to comfortably make a 360 degree turn at all times and have at least 2 hours of sunlight exposure a day.
I am not asking for a drastic reformation of the CAFO industry but I AM seriously requesting this important issue be recognized and addressed by congress, as it has continually failed to do in the past.
Your acknowledgement of this issue is greatly appreciated!
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