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Republican governor candidate Bill Brady today said if elected he would veto legislation to give veterinarians authority to mass euthanize pets, a measure he caught political heat for sponsoring in the state Senate earlier this year.

"I realized the consequences associated with the legislation... that the people of Illinois don't want it," Brady told reporters.

The mass euthanasia of domestic animal legislation was among the first bills that Brady introduced after winning the Republican governor nomination in February.

Think before you legislate?

What is it with the Conservatives and their hate for Animals.

Palin shooting bears and wolves from Airrplanes.

Brady advocating little kitty Auschwitz and little Doggy Bergen-Belsens.

Don't they understand the phrase "Charismatic Mega Fauna"

Originally posted to nathguy on Wed Oct 20, 2010 at 05:19 PM PDT.


euthanization of Cats and Dogs.

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  •  Tip Jar (11+ / 0-)

    George Bush is Living proof of the axiom "Never send a boy to do a man's job" E -2.25 S -4.10

    by nathguy on Wed Oct 20, 2010 at 05:19:57 PM PDT

  •  The wording is so confusing (4+ / 0-)

    I don't really understand the purpose of the proposed bill.  I went to the link and it's no better.

    "We struck down evil with the mighty sword of teamwork and the hammer of not bickering!" - The Shoveler

    by Pandoras Box on Wed Oct 20, 2010 at 05:25:29 PM PDT

    •  asdf (5+ / 0-)

      To check the claims in the ad, we first turned to the legislative archive for the Illinois Senate. We found the bill referenced in the ad, SB 2999. It was indeed filed on Feb. 4, 2010, two days after the Feb. 2 primary, and we confirmed that it was the first bill Brady introduced after primary day. However, the primary election results were so close that, due to recounts, it actually took until March 5 for Brady to officially be declared the winner.

      Brady's bill sought to amend a landmark 2009 law on euthanizations. The 2009 law was a compromise for animal-welfare advocates who had been seeking a flat-out ban on the use of gas chambers. Instead, it put more restrictions on the practice.

      Under the 2009 law, shelters using the gas chambers had to euthanize animals one at a time, had to provide a justification for using the gas chamber, and had to have a veterinarian present from start to finish. The new requirements were expected to sharply reduce the use of gas chambers in Illinois, because of the significant added time and expense, said Jordan Matyas, Illinois state director for the Humane Society of the United States. A lethal injection -- the most common way of euthanizing pets -- typically takes two minutes or so, rather than the 30 to 40 minutes it takes in a gas chamber. So two of the biggest reasons a shelter would want to use the gas chamber -- euthanizing many pets at once and doing it inexpensively -- were upended by the new law. In fact, Matyas said he's unaware of any gas chambers being used in Illinois today.


      •  And the summary from the IL legislature: (6+ / 0-)

        mends the Humane Care for Animals Act. Provides that companion animal euthanasia chambers must allow for the separation of animals. Removes a provision requiring only one companion animal to be euthanized at a time. Requires veterinarians to use professional judgment when deciding whether or not a procedure shall involve the euthanasia of a single animal or multiple animals, taking into consideration the safety of facility staff and the most humane practices. Effective immediately.


        •  the as chamber is cruel (9+ / 0-)

          as the Dogs realize they are dying they fight to escape.

          George Bush is Living proof of the axiom "Never send a boy to do a man's job" E -2.25 S -4.10

          by nathguy on Wed Oct 20, 2010 at 05:53:51 PM PDT

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        •  Not just safety of staff either, (6+ / 0-)

          but AVMA strongly suggests, if not requires, that euthanasia be carried out in a manner that is emotionally acceptable to the doctors or technicians carrying it out!

          I have worked as a research assistant in animal labs. We often had to euthanize animals for one reason or another. However, the rest of the staff and I got upset about a procedure that required animals to be decapitated, rather than overdosed, because... if you give an injection to an animal and put it back in its cage, and it wanders around for a bit before falling asleep permanently, it just feels so different from taking its head clear off its shoulders. I can't really explain it in words. If you've ever had to kill an animal while acknowledging that it's a living, thinking and feeling being, you might get it, and if you never have, I don't think you will.

          I was once asked to gas a vivarium-full of rats. I gathered them up easily, as they were tame, and put them in our improvised gas chamber, before turning on the gas while holding my foot on the lid (both to keep the partial pressure of gas in the chamber high and to keep the concentration in the room air low). When I took them out, their eyes had faded from ruby-pink to a chalky grey.

          I have never felt so much like a murderer as I did that day.

          If you want to run a decent lab, vet clinic or shelter, you have to keep your trained staff. If you require the trained staff to do things that make them feel horrible about their jobs and about themselves, the trained staff will quit and find work elsewhere. Meanwhile, you now need to hire new staff, who will probably be untrained, meaning the quality of care may drop while they're learning.

          "Neskon would be a good choice, except he's a flame-trooper. They're all bug-eyed madmen."

          by Shaviv on Wed Oct 20, 2010 at 07:39:14 PM PDT

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  •  I like his quote... (12+ / 0-)

    "I realized the consequences associated with the legislation... that the people of Illinois don't want it," Brady told reporters.

    The 'consequences' to him is not a lot of dead animals.  It's that he's taking political heat for trying to get them killed...

    If you feel insulted by anything I've said, find out if it was intentional. I'll let you know if you ask.

    by Ezekial 23 20 on Wed Oct 20, 2010 at 05:31:07 PM PDT

  •  Well it would solve the (2+ / 0-)
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    pawtisan bickering.

    Reports of the death of the Democratic Party have been greatly exaggerated. GOTV.

    by reddbierd on Wed Oct 20, 2010 at 05:34:50 PM PDT

  •  They're working their way up to people... (4+ / 0-)

    after we get used to the idea of killing pets, they'll propose killing off the poor, brown people, etc.

  •  I think (1+ / 0-)
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    I think this was a weak line of attack, and I found that disturbing ad made me angrier at the person who put it up than who it was aimed at.  It did make me curious, so I read a bit more about it.  He was basically motivated by animal shelters, which are short-funded, requesting this.  Also, some animals (like feral cats) are not just going to lie there nicely and take the needle.
    I'm a HUGE animal lover and I lost my doggie quite recently, so my feelings are still somewhat raw about it, but I really didn't like that ad.

    Currently Top Ten in Slate's Lean/Lock game!

    by greatdarkspot on Wed Oct 20, 2010 at 06:45:50 PM PDT

  •  Interesting (1+ / 0-)
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    Liberaldogs is not very happy with this news: she does not want Republican health care policy applied to felines.  And when she's angry, well, watch out and don't step in the Republican leadership.

    To me, however, it seems that, for once, the Republicans are actually being self consistent.  What's good enough for people without health insurance is good enough for their dogs and cats, right?

  •  After winning the wingnut primary (2+ / 0-)
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    doinaheckuvanutjob, nathguy

    Brady quickly took his own name off his bill and had the bill assigned to another senator not running this cycle.

    Shady Brady also is anti-choice, even in cases of rape, incest, and life of the mother.

    While trying to coast through without the press questioning him, when one reads his words, Bill Brady of Illinois is among the wingnuttiest of the wingnutties.

    "When I use a word," Humpty Dumpty said in rather a scornful tone, "it means just what I choose it to mean -- neither more nor less."

    by Eman on Wed Oct 20, 2010 at 07:19:23 PM PDT

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