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Old July 8th 03, 02:32 PM
Tara O.
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Default Greys in Danger in AL?

I received this via email. Its being cross-posted to various rescue lists.
I have no idea what the full story is and the wording of the bill wasn't
included. Does anyone have more info? I left out the contact info for the
Governeror because I don't know that this is for real or if it is, if its
being understood properly.

--
Tara


Tony Peters, Greyhound Actionw ww.greyhoundaction.co.uk BILL TO LEGALISE
GREYHOUND KILLING
By Nick Mays

GREYHOUND RESCUE organisations and dog lovers across the world have been
outraged by a Bill proposed in the USA by the Alabama Legislature which
effectively legitimises the culling of Greyhounds by any person who chooses
to do so. Under Alabama's House Bill Number 37, which only requires the
signature of the State Governor to become law, Greyhounds are to be
re-classified as livestock. This means that culling by shot or fatal
injection can be undertaken by any unlicensed individual, rather than by
veterinary professionals, who are, of course, bound by a code of ethical
conduct.

Ann Bollens of the Greyhound Pets of America Emerald Coast Chapter attacked
the Bill as bad legislation. "This is like saying these dogs aren't worth
anything," she said.

The bill authored by Representative James Buskey of Mobile also prescribes
lethal injection as the method of killing greyhounds. But it doesn't say
what can or can't be used. Baldwin County District Attorney David Whetstone
whose preparing to prosecute a Lillian man under the existing statute for
killing thousands of
greyhounds, says it could effect his case. Whetstone says he has real
problems with this bill. "Nor does it allow the dog the privilege of being
executed by a vet, anybody can do it! So there are some real problems with
this bill." The bill was passed in the House under a Tourism and Travel
Committee and in the Senate under a Tourism and Marketing Committee. All
members of theMobile and Baldwin County Legislative Delegations voted in
favor of the bill except Senator Pat Lindsey and Representatives Mitchell
and White who were not on the floor when the votes were taken. Toby Hart,
who is campaigning against Bill 37 told OUR DOGS: "At no point has the State
Governor, or the proposer of the bill, James Buskey of Mobile, offered any
explanation or justification for this extraordinary law, which sits well in
Alabama's long tradition of illiberal and oppressivelegislation."



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Old July 8th 03, 02:44 PM
Suja
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"Tara O." wrote:

I received this via email. Its being cross-posted to various rescue lists.
I have no idea what the full story is and the wording of the bill wasn't
included. Does anyone have more info? I left out the contact info for the
Governeror because I don't know that this is for real or if it is, if its
being understood properly.


http://www.hsus.org/ace/18805

Suja
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Old July 8th 03, 02:52 PM
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"Tara O." wrote in message
...
I received this via email. Its being cross-posted to various rescue

lists.
I have no idea what the full story is and the wording of the bill wasn't
included. Does anyone have more info? I left out the contact info for

the
Governeror because I don't know that this is for real or if it is, if its
being understood properly.


yes, House Bill 37 has to do with the euthenization of greyhounds. but i
think that email you received was a bit over the top. the bill actually
states that greyhounds must be euthenized by lethal injection, and cannot be
moved across state lines to be destroyed. the bill was a response to a guy
who basically ran a greyhound death camp in the corner of Alabama, where
dogs were shipped from Florida to be put to death, because it was cheaper
than following the Florida laws. the bill has passed, BTW, and is now law.

here's more info: http://www.hsus.org/ace/600

-kelly


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Old July 8th 03, 03:00 PM
Suja
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culprit wrote:

here's more info: http://www.hsus.org/ace/600


If you want to read the bill itself, it is available at
http://alisdb.legislature.state.al.u.../ACASLogin.asp Click on Bills
-- Status, and search on HB37. From the result, click on the HB37
button (under Instrument), and click on 'View' on the top panel, towards
the right. You should be able to get all the info you need. The bill
is surprisingly readable.

Suja
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Old July 8th 03, 10:39 PM
Robin
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"Tara O." wrote in message
...
I received this via email. Its being cross-posted to various rescue

lists.
I have no idea what the full story is and the wording of the bill wasn't
included. Does anyone have more info? I left out the contact info for

the
Governeror because I don't know that this is for real or if it is, if its
being understood properly.

--
Tara



I live in Mobile. My understanding is that there is one particular vet who
only charges $5 a dog to euthanize the greyhounds. There is an
adopt-a-greyhound program here, but it can in now way help ALL of the
thousand of greyhounds that are disposed of each year. The good news is
that since the casino boats opened in Biloxi several years ago, attendance
at the greyhound park has been way down. The greyhound park has been in
danger of closing for a while now. There have been attempts to get slot
machines and other types of gambling legalized at the dog track, but this
being the bible belt, it has never gone through.

Robin


 




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