There is only 2 weeks left before the public hearing on the Animal Protection Amendment. At the Sept 12, 1 p.m. meeting, another circus amendment - that directly threatens the protection of animals from inhumane treatment and conditions - has been proposed by Councilmembers Paul Ostrow and Betsy Hodges. These two "public servants" are extremely opposed to humane circus reform, and would like to circumvent procedure and the wishes of their constituents, by holding a hearing on their amendment the same day as the hearing for the Animal Protection Amendment. CLICK HERE to learn more about the proposed Animal Protection Amendment.
The Ostrow-Hodges Amendment is essentially a nightmare for the animals and anyone who cares about them. Their amendment is a list of regulation meant to look good, but makes no real changes for the animals (ha! sounds kind of like the Animal Welfare Act!). Their amendment is overly broad and vague. Here is what is realy means:
1. Elephants will continue to be chained up to 20 hours a day in Minneapolis - chained one front leg and one back leg, unable to do anything except sway back nd forth
2. Trainers will still carry whips and hooks and use them as painful reminders to the animals that they'd better not step out of line
3. The city of Minneapolis will make MORE MONEY from the circus permit fees - but the animals are the ones who will pay the price!
Committee Chair Don Samuels has tremendous power to decide when the Ostrow-Hodges amendment is heard. Call Committee Chair Samuels today: 612-673-2205. Let him know you support the Animal Protection Amendment, which will prohibit wild animal circuses in Minneapolis. Ask him to give the Animal Protection Amendment itw OWN fair hearing on Sept. 12. Tell him the Ostrow-Hodges Amendment is unacceptable for anyone who cares about humane treatement of animals. You can also e-mail him and tell him the same thing: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Tell Ostrow and Hodges what you think of their anti-protection amendment, too!
Ostrow: email@example.com, 612-673-2201
Thank you for all you do for animals!