I've gotten well over 500 emails today (over 420 in the last 15 minutes - no joke) about an amendment made to HB222 in the Senate. The original bill restricted the methods of euthanasia at animal shelters. The amendment prevented the practice of fraudulently posing as a potential hire on farms to attempt to capture (by hidden video) illegal or inhumane treatment of livestock. These identical, form emails are all in anger over this so-called "ag-gag" amendment.
During the committee meeting on the bill (during which I supported the bill and the amendment) I asked why the sponsor - a nice woman, but a decidedly pro-choice liberal democrat, was so enthusiastic about the underlying bill that would prevent painful methods of death for animals (specifically, gas or decompression chambers) when just the day before she voted against a bill in the House Health and Welfare Committee that would have simply given pregnant women more information before they make the decision to abort their unborn child's life. I referred to the torturous methods of abortion - drowning in saline, being pulled apart limb by limb. How can another human can find no issue at all with torture-type procedures being performed on an unborn child, yet sponsor legislation to prevent painful methods of death for a stray dog? I understand the desire to protect animals, as a cat and dog owner myself I'm disturbed by the idea of a decompression chamber for goodness sake. But there are humans drowned and dismembered - on purpose. The reality that so many people wish to protect that "right" is truly disturbing.
As I read through this burst of emails I wonder where the moral outcry is from all of these people for the 50,000,000 humans who have died unnatural, tortured deaths. I have never gotten so many emails about that, and certainly not from all over the country and the rest of the world like I have today.
UPDATE: Now at 854 emails in the last 45 minutes.
UPDATE #2: Now at 1133 emails in the last hour.
UPDATE #3: Just shy of 2000.
UPDATE #4: 2500.