At the last minute, Republican lawmakers stuck a sweeping change to state brewery regulation into the budget where it doesn’t belong. They gave a blanket exemption to animal researchers from Wisconsin’s cruelty law — something that deserves more time, scrutiny and public input.
Read Sunday, June 19, 2011 editorial from Wisconsin State Journal.
via The good and bad about state budget.
The use of live animals for scientific research is an issue of concern to most Americans. The Pew Research Center for the People and the Press, in collaboration with the American Association for the Advancement of Science, recently found that 43 percent of the public and 52 percent of women opposed using animals in scientific research. It’s not hard to imagine what those percentages would be if the question was “Should animal researchers be exempt from all animal cruelty laws?”
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via Leslie Hamilton: No input allowed on cruelty exemption.
For Hannah West, every almond butter sandwich she eats is a generous act.
“Every time you don’t eat meat, you’re doing something good,” said West, 21, a vegan for six years. “Veganism seems like all or nothing … but if you’re transitioning, or even if you just do Meatless Mondays, it’s not like you’re not making a difference.”
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Say ‘No cheese!’ at Mad City Vegan Fest.
Notice the big money groups pushing for this. BioForward, Covance, the Medical College of Wisconsin, UW Health, UW Madison, UW System, Wisconsin Alumni Association, and Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation.
PolitiFact Wisconsin | Wisconsin Humane Society says state budget amendment exempts scientific researchers from state criminal law on animal cruelty.
UW-Madison has snuck a non-financial motion into the budget bill that the Joint Finance Committee passed. If it becomes law, researchers will be exempt from all sections of the state’s crimes against animals law.
They may resume killing sheep by means of decompression and keep instigating fights between mice, starving piglets and withholding water from monkeys. Nothing they might do would be prohibited under state law on grounds of cruelty.
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Rick Marolt: Allow no exemptions to animal cruelty law.
Many thanks to Hannah West, co-organizer of the Mad City Vegan Fest for turning us on to this excellent film series from Environment Films and the Vegan Society. According to Hannah the Ethics video is great.
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