Reject Agriculture Industry’s Free Pass for Animal Abuse

Target: Shemia Fagan, Secretary of State for Oregon

Goal: Put stronger animal cruelty regulations for agriculture industry to a vote.

Oregon could soon become a sanctuary state for animals, particularly the estimated 1.4 million cattle exploited yearly. A recently proposed ballot initiative would codify livestock protections into law. Specifically, the Abuse, Neglect, and Assault Exemption Modification and Improvement Act would remove animal cruelty exemptions currently enjoyed by farmers and agricultural industrialists from state law.

The anti-cruelty statute in Oregon as it stands now prohibits the following: “intentionally, knowingly or recklessly causes serious physical injury to an animal or cruelly causes the death of an animal.” This legal definition for first-degree animal cruelty is applied to most suspects….unless they happen to be employed in agriculture. Unfortunately, agri-business has produced some of the most heinous instances of animal cruelty, from horrific slaughterhouse conditions to sexual abuse.

These living beings deserve to have their lives valued. Sign the petition below to help ensure the agriculture industry is held accountable for its troubling history of unchecked animal cruelty.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear Secretary Fagan,

Oregon has enacted strong anti-cruelty laws to safeguard any “nonhuman mammal, bird, reptile, amphibian or fish” from pain and suffering. Additional statutes have even enhanced protections for vulnerable animal populations like race-horses. This state cares about all of its living beings, so why are animals raised on farms not afforded the same considerations? Why are individuals in the agriculture industry put above the law?

This special interest industry will try to deter regulation with exaggerated claims about the end of farming. The most important achievement the proposed Abuse, Neglect, and Assault Exemption Modification and Improvement Act would make possible, however, is simple: accountability. Agri-business would no longer enjoy the wholesale exemptions from animal cruelty that enable it to potentially hurt and exploit animals without regard or punishment. Too many videos and exposes have emerged to deny the grim reality of the abuses often taking place behind closed doors in this industry….horrible acts that Oregon deems perfectly legal.

The state that pioneered ballot initiatives should once again lead the way. Please sign off on this crucial initiative that says “no more” and help ensure it has a place on the ballot.  Let Oregon’s citizens have their say.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here

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28 Comments

  1. transformation6891Janey says:

    Oregon an awesome state Thankyou for setting an example

  2. animals do not need to be abused

  3. ALL ANIMALS FEEL THE SAME THINGS THAT US HUMANS DO. THEY FEEL PAIN AND SUFFERING AND TRAUMA JUST LIKE US. HURTING OR ABUSIVE BEHAVIOR ON ANY ANIMAL IS UNNECESSARY AND UNACCEPTABLE. COWS CAN BE LOVING AND FUN. ALL ANIMALS MATTER.

  4. Shirley Lemieux says:

    Isn’t it baffling in America how we have what is called “special interest” groups? When it comes to Governments, the terminology appears to be a more polite way of saying what it really is. Special interests as we call it is nothing more than a mechanism or groups of one or more individuals engaged in methods of bribery or provoking or intimidating changes. It is contradictory to have animals protected in State Laws that protect them from cruelty and or death, but then exempt a range of different breeds of animals from that same law. Whether it be a domesticated pet, wildlife, or farm animals, the Laws of protection should include all animals. Otherwise, you open up a doorway of significant mistreatment and unnecessary abuse and suffering towards specific breeds of animals whether they be classified as “agricultural” or not.

  5. Julia Edinger says:

    I AGREE WITH “CINDY/ CHRISTINE”
    ALL ANIMALS FEEL THE SAME THINGS THAT US HUMANS DO. THEY FEEL PAIN AND SUFFERING AND TRAUMA JUST LIKE US. HURTING OR ABUSIVE BEHAVIOR ON ANY ANIMAL IS UNNECESSARY AND UNACCEPTABLE. COWS CAN BE LOVING AND FUN. ALL ANIMALS MATTER!!!

  6. Maria Bertrand says:

    Shemia Fagan, Secretary of State

    Thank you Oregon for caring…So please put in place the same protections for animals raised on farms. PLEASE DO NOT LET THE AGRICULTURE INDUSTRY GET AWAY WITH ANIMALS ABUSE.

    I AM TRUSTING YOU MAKE THIS THE LAW AND MORE STATES AND COUNTRIES WILL FOLLOW YOUR EXEMPLARY LEAD!

  7. My food is grown not born.

  8. Tormenting, abusing and eating animals is how humans have “progressed” morally by 2021!!

    GO VEGAN!!!!! IT’s TIME to END this psychopathic sadism against our animal Brothers and Sisters! SHUT-DOWN ANIMAL AG! SHUT-DOWN ALL SLAUGHTERHOUSES!

  9. All it will take is one State or small part of the world to start respecting animals that are used for food in a manner that treats them as the intelligent sentient beings they are and the movement would grow. The violence, torture and barbarity we as a species inflict on other species with our human centric view of the planet is disgusting and down right appalling. It truly makes me not want to be alive anymore.

  10. All animal abusers globally must have the mandatory death penalty implemented and nothing less.

  11. PLEASE continue your quest for good human behavior and protect ALL Animals. Farm animals are badly abused and treated with horrific cruelty, YET there are NO different than us. They feel all the pain, fear, suffering, fright, love, joy – EVERYTHING we can feel so can they, WITH THE EXCEPTION of cruelty to their fellow living beings!!

  12. Jaime Perez says:

    If the world went vegan, there would be no need for petitions, undercover investigators or factory farms. Animals should never be mistreated for any reason.

  13. All states need to do this. I get tired of so many laws having livestock exemptions.

  14. Carolyn Douglas says:

    Every animal on this earth must be protected from the evil cruel deeds of humans. The cruel abusers should be forced to inflict their horrors on each other…IMO

    • Carolyn, I agree with your comment.
      “Every animal on this earth must be protected from the evil cruel deeds of humans. The cruel abusers should be forced to inflict their horrors on each other.”

  15. Agree all comments torture and abuse humans that are cruel see how they feel NO EXCUSE FOR IT THEY HAVE THE RIGHTS LIKE US AND DONT NEED THESE FUCKERS BEING CRUEL . HUMANS NEED TO HAVE THE SAME THING DONE TO THEM STOP THIS NOW. What is wrong with laws and fucking mongrel people.

  16. CRUEL, WICKED BUNCH OF HALF WITS. THERE IS NO NEED FOR THIS CRUELTY AND ABUSE…..NO NEED AT ALL.

    STOP IT NOW, HOW DARE YOU CAUSE SUCH PAIN AND SUFFERING TO ANY ANIMALS. DISGUSTING AND SHAME ON YOU ALL.

  17. Go vegan and eliminate extreme cruelty, violence and slaughter of innocent beautiful creatures. Delicious vegan recipes and foods are available in all 50 states.

    Wear less or no leather, wool or fur!

    Buy cruelty free makeup, shampoo and nail polish.

  18. Animal abusers globally must be put to death.

  19. Everyone who abuses animals needs to be executed!!!

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