United Poultry Concerns June, 15 2004

URGENT ACTION ALERT ON CALIFORNIA SB 1520

California Bill To Ban Force Feeding of Ducks & Geese Sales of Foie Gras Passes California Senate

Letters Needed to Assembly Members by June 18

Senate Bill 1520 passed the California Senate by a vote of 21-14. It now goes to the Assembly Business and Professions Committee. Senate President Pro-Tem John Burton is carrying the bill, which bans the force feeding of ducks and geese in the production of foie gras, as well as sales of the product in California. In order for the bill to pass out of the Senate, it was amended to have a 7 ½-year phase out before the law goes into effect.

Assembly members must hear from their constituents. Passing the bill out of the Senate was difficult. Please write a polite letter by June 18 th to Assembly Member Lou Correa, Chair, Assembly Business and Professions Committee, State Capitol Building, Sacramento, CA 95814 or fax: (916) 319-2169. Ask him to support SB 1520. Tell him it is time to prohibit practices that involve animal cruelty, especially for luxury food items. If you have time, or are representing an organization, please also contact the other committee members listed at www.avar.org

Also, please write a letter to your CA state assembly member. All assembly members can be mailed to c/o State Capitol Building, Sacramento, CA 95814. If you don't know your state assembly member, call 916-322-9900, or go to www.assembly.ca.gov to find your state assembly member. (NOTE: Please include your full name and address in your letter.)

For more information on the foie gras issue, contact AVAR - Association of Veterinarians for Animal Rights - at info@avar.org or visit www.avar.org .

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