Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Representative Ben Cannon's Response - Battery Cages

On Sat, Jan 2, 2010 at 10:17 PM, Rep Cannon wrote:

I serve on both the Environment and Water committee, which I chair, and the Health Care committee. Bills on animal issues tend to go to the Consumer Protection committee. Rep. Paul Holvey of Eugene has taken a particular interest in animal rights. The Humane Society of the United States has a strong lobby in the Capitol and has passed several pieces of legislation since I have been in office. I will have my assistant, Christy, check in to see if they are working on anything related to chicken cages. She will get back to you with what she finds out. It might take awhile depending on whether or not people are working next week.

Next Question - Mailed February 16, 2010
Representative Cannon,
I was glad to find your letter in my inbox. It is great to know that you care about the issue of animal welfare and humane treatment for farm animals. I eagerly look forward to hearing from Christy, your assistant, about potential battery cage legislation. I will also send correspondence to Rep. Paul Holvey in Eugene and to the Consumer Protection Committee.
I wonder how the Environment and Water Committee, on which you serve, sees the frequent major spills of factory farm waste into natural waterways? I would think that factory farms and C.A.F.O.s would be one of the main concerns of the Environment and Water Committee, considering these pollution events resulting directly from their operation.
Thank you so much,
Jadene Fourman

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