14 de nov de 2006
A PARTIR DE AGORA, DEFENSORES DOS DIREITOS DOS ANIMAIS SÃO CONSIDERADOS TERRORISTAS NOS ESTADOS UNIDOS
Seis congressistas norte-americanos acabaram de mudar a face dos protestos em defesa dos direitos animais nos EUA (o que certamente nos afetará quando for chegada a hora de debater o tema por aqui).
A votação foi chamada de última hora e ainda assim houve enorme manifestaçao conforme manda a cartilha, com telefonemas e etc. Mas a vontade corporativa que explora e tortura os animais não-humanos prevaleceu.
Para quem não sabe do que se trata a AETA, leia http://www.greenisthenewred.com/blog/aeta-analysis-109th .
Basicamente, se essa lei existisse quando Martin Luther King estava vivo, ele teria sido preso e condenado como um terrorista.
AETA PASSED BY HOUSE
For an eye witness account of what happened today, please read Will Potter's blog:http://www.greenisthenewred.com/blog/2006/11/13/aeta-passes-house-recap/
Following are Alex Hershaft's comments about his day on the hill:
Today, a dozen of us from Equal Justice Alliance, FARM, League of Humane Voters, and Compassion Over Killing spent five hours visiting Congressional offices and urging them to vote against AETA, which had been scheduled over the weekend for a sudden vote at 6:30 pm. We were carrying suporting statements from the National Lawyers Guild, the New York City Bar Association, and the Natural Resources Defense Council. At each office, we were told that the mail and calls were running overwhelmingly in our favor.
Around 3pm, one of the legislative aides said that the bill was just being debated on the House floor. He gave me a pass, and I rushed to the Capitol across the street. I was astonished to see only about six House members present. House Judiciary Chairman Sensenbrenner spoke in favor of AETA, quoting Jerry Vlasak's and other's past extreme statements. Dennis Kucinich joined in abhorring violence, but noted that the bill infringed on civil liberties of people conducting civil disobedience or undercover investigations. Sensenbrenner invoked lack of opposition from the ACLU. Then the chair called for a voice vote, and Kucinich cast the only no vote. It was all over in 15 minutes.
After the vote, I rode the elevator with Sensenbrenner and chief AETA sponsor Petri. I told them I was there to lobby against their bill. Sensenbrenner replied "don't blame me; I was just managing the bill for this guy," pointing to Petri, who smiled sheepishly. The whole thing was absolutely surreal.
We played the game by their rules, we generated an overwhelming outpouring of opposition to the bill on short notice, and they kicked us in the face through underhanded maneuvers. Then they wonder why people lose faith in the system and take the law into their own hands. Today, Congress brought shame on itself by turning animal activists into "terrorists."WAR will post a position statement on the passage of this heinous piece of legislation soon.Thanks to all of you who made phone calls. Sorry we wasted your time. It won't happen again, trust me.....Camille
"Words mean nothing.....action is everything"
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