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politics: FL residents take note

On May 30, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission (FWC) voted to eradicate feral cats from state public lands where such cats might negatively impact wildlife. Under their new policy, FWC has the authority to kill hundreds of thousands of free-roaming felines -- regardless of whether they are being cared for (i.e. somebody owns them, they just happen to have wandered onto public land) or are part of a trap/neuter/release program.

Although protecting wildlife is commendable, and leaving aside the sheer cruelty of simply killing the cats by any means possible, FWC has failed to account for the fact that killing off part, or even most, of a feral cat colony simply creates an immediate vacuum for new cats to fill -- and ultimately results in an increase in the average size of litters borne by feral cats in the region. Trap/neuter/release programs have been shown to be more effective at reducing and eliminating colonies over the long term. This policy is both morally and scientifically bankrupt.

Although anyone can contact the Florida government, phone calls, faxes, and emails from Florida residents will do the most good. If you live in Florida, or know anyone who does, please take action and pass this to your friends.

Because the FWC is under the purview of the executive branch, the primary target for contact is Jeb Bush. (I know, it seems sort of pointless to contact a Bush brother, but, oh well...)

Phone:850-488-4441
Fax:850/487-0801
Email:jeb.bush@myflorida.com
Snail Mail:PL 05 The Capitol
400 South Monroe Street
Tallahassee, FL 32399-0001


Based on the above, you should be able to put together a reasonable letter or comments for a phone call. (Copy-paste is your friend! Plagiarize me! You know you wanna! Everyone else is doin' it! *g*)



To: Senators
Subject: Please oppose S. 1019, the "Unborn Victims of Violence Act"

As a pro-choice American, I write to urge your strong opposition to S. 1019, the "Unborn Victims of Violence Act." This legislation is a deceptive attack on a woman's right to choose, disguised as an effort to protect pregnant women from violence.

Acts of violence against women, particularly pregnant women, are tragic and should be punished appropriately. The Unborn Victims of Violence Act, however, lacks any true protections for pregnant women, the principal victims of these crimes. Instead, the legislation is part of a deliberate and coordinated anti-choice campaign to undermine Roe v. Wade by endowing fetuses and embryos with "personhood rights". Indeed, anti-choice Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-UT) has conceded the bill's true purpose: "They say it undermines abortion rights. It does, but that's irrelevant." With all due respect to the Senator, America's pro-choice majority probably considers that relevant.

S. 1019 would erode a woman's right to choose by elevating the legal status of all stages of prenatal development under federal law. The legislation would therefore recognize, for the first time, a zygote, blastocyst, embryo, or fetus as an independent victim of crime, with rights separate from and equal to those of a woman.

If anti-choice lawmakers are serious about deterring crimes against pregnant women, they should pursue other avenues that recognize the harm to the woman, not seek to undermine the right to choose. For example, Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) intends to offer a substitute proposal that would create a separate federal criminal offense for harm to pregnant women without recognizing an embryo or fetus as a separate "person."

Because the Unborn Victims of Violence Act does nothing to help solve the real problem -- violence against women -- I urge you to reject it, and instead pursue avenues that seek to protect women's lives without undermining their right to choose.

Sincerely,
(etc)

If, like me, you live in California, then Dianne Feinstein is one of your Senators, and I'd suggest substituting the sentence about her with this in the one for Feinstein:

I was pleased to hear that you intend to offer a substitute proposal that would create a separate federal criminal offense for harm to pregnant women without recognizing an embryo or fetus as a separate "person."

And this in the one for Boxer:

I was pleased to hear that your colleague in the Senate, Dianne Feinstein, intends to offer a substitute proposal that would create a separate federal criminal offense for harm to pregnant women without recognizing an embryo or fetus as a separate "person."
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