Chairman Bao is a Shih Tzu. We travel a lot. I drive. He watches. We've logged at least 10,000 miles and he's never once said, Sweetheart, don't you think you should stop and ask someone?

Wednesday, February 27, 2008

People who abuse animals abuse people, too. When they abuse people, they sometimes get arrested. But when they abuse animals, they mostly get away with it. That's because people -- including creeps like Michael Vick -- have basic, legal rights, whereas animals don't.

What we need is an Animal Bill of Rights. We're talking about things like the right to food, shelter, medical care -- and also, the right to legal representation. Bao and I believe that the time has come to grant animals basic, legal rights. And guess what? At least 125,000 other Americans agree with us.

There's already a group of lawyers working on this. The Animal Legal Defence Fund has sued the USDA for violations of the Animal Welfare Act, has put a stop to annual deer, bear and mountain lion hunts in California, and is lobbying for state laws that define cruelty to animals as a felony offense with criminal penalties. Being sued is a real wake-up call.

They've also drafted an Animal Bill of Rights which will be presented as a petition to the United States Congress. I've signed it. You can sign it, too. Go to

"It's a matter of taking the side of the weak against the strong, something the best people have always done" -- Harriet Beecher Stowe

Take sides. Sign the petition. Every signature counts.


Blogger Lacy said...

woofies Bao, me signed it and will put it on me bloggy so more will sign...thank you...

b safe,

5:26 PM

Blogger The Zoo Crew said...

Thanks for shedding light on such an important issue!

Peace + Paws,

Lucy Lu

6:49 PM


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