I tip my hat to the California Cattlemens Association and Assemblyman Jim Patterson for submitting AB 343 with coauthors Assemblyman Katcho Achadjian, Assemblyman Frank Bigelow, Assemblyman Brian Dahle, Assemblyman Brian Maienschein and Senator Jim Nielsen and endorsement by the California Farm Bureau.
It is refreshing to see a bill that truly works to address the issue of animal cruelty in agriculture.
Unlike bills in other states, AB343 protects the right to video and photograph, protects the worker from reporting observed abuse, promotes cooperation with local law enforcement and puts the welfare of the animals above the bottom line and above the next fundraising campaign.
AB343 combines common sense with moral fortitude. It requires that animal abuse is reported in a timely manner, in order to minimize suffering, allow for a proper investigation and see that appropriate charges are brought against the offender.
Finally, an animal welfare bill that those in agriculture and those outside of agriculture, who care about the welfare of animals, can stand together in support of.
…This bill would require any person who willfully or knowingly photographs, records, or videotapes animal cruelty to provide a copy of the photograph, recording, or videotape to local law enforcement within 48 hours of taking the photograph, recording, or videotape, and would encourage the person to provide a copy of the photograph, recording, or videotape to the owner of the animal or poultry, or a representative of the owner. This bill would define animal cruelty for its purposes as any act involving an animal, as defined, or poultry, as defined, described in prescribed criminal offenses…
It has been a while since I posted and for that I apologize. The primary reason was that I did not want publish a post that was not uplifting and positive, so close to Christmas.
Four weeks ago I helped bury a dear friend and had to put a mare down who broke her leg, in the middle of the field, with no holes around, apparently from running, or being chased. Then, three days later, one of our mares, who had just foaled, was killed by either a mountain lion or bear and a cow was killed on the same night, perhaps by a pack of coyotes or the same lion or bear. Read more…
There has been a fair amount of discussion recently over legislation being submitted across the country that would make it illegal for someone to photograph or shoot video on agricultural operations without the permission of the owner. Discussions on this type of legislation has been very polar, with folks either in full support or adamantly opposed. I find myself aligning more in the middle.
First, Senator Jim Norman (R) of Florida proposed the legislation, SB 1246, on Feb. 21, 2011.
“An act relating to farms; prohibiting a person from entering onto a farm or photographing or video recording a farm without the owner’s written consent; providing a definition; providing penalties; providing an effective date.”
Also considering similar legislation is the state of Iowa which introduced, on March 2, 2011, House File 589.
“HF 589 addresses concerns of bio-security of Iowa’s animal industry and the well-being of animals. The bill protects livestock and crop operations against unauthorized destruction, killing or injuring of stock, or disruption of agricultural or bio-technical operations on an owner’s premise. Additionally, it makes it unlawful to produce, possess, or distribute an unauthorized recording (sound or image) at an animal or crop operation.” Read more…
Despite disliking being away from the ranch and family, I look forward to traveling and challenge myself to meet new people, learn new things and make each trip memorable. This trip is definitely going down as one to remember. Read more…
I lost my first calf of the year Saturday night to coyotes, saddening and maddening.
In 1998, California voters, with the support of the HSUS, voted to ban leg traps. Since then, ranchers have seen an increase in losses to predators. While “live traps” are still allowed, they are not very effective when it comes to coyotes…they are smart. We have been using guard dogs for over 10 years, but 600+ acres, split down the middle by the Scott River and an abundance of coyotes is a challenge, even for three excellent dogs; one Great Pyrenee, one Anatolian and an Anatolian x Pyrenee.
Certainly, losing a calf, a foal or a lamb is an economic loss, but what really hurts me is knowing how the young animal was killed.
Coyotes either failed to read the standards set forth by the USDA Food Safety and Inspection Service or have chosen to purposely ignore them. A kill by a pack of coyotes is anything but quick and they are far from unconscious. I’m not sure which is worse, a heifer trampling her own calf trying to protect it from the pack, or a pack singling one out and tearing it to pieces, bite by bite.
We need a return to commonsense predator control….but that is unlikely to occur.
[End of Rant]