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addition to overpopulation and laboratory experimentation, which is
the greatest problem regarding the exploitation of animals?
DD: Unfortunately, it is impossible to
choose one particularly egregious example from the many forms of
animal exploitation still permitted in our society. There is still
much work to be done before animals enjoy the full protection they
DDAL will continue to address these issues through its continued
lobbying for passage of legislation that will establish fundamental
legal protection for all types of animals. DDAF will continue its
humane education efforts to inform individuals and local communities
on how to empower themselves to help animals.
ANC: Would you tell us about a success
story made possible by your activities and intervention?
example is that DDAL led the effort for passage of the so-called
Crush Bill, introduced by Rep. Elton Gallegly (R-CA), which was
signed into law in December 1999. This bill amended the U.S.
Criminal Code to prohibit entering a depiction of an illegal act of
animal cruelty into interstate or foreign commerce for commercial
Because of this, it is now a violation of federal law to sell
photographs, videos, electronic files, or sound recordings of living
animals being intentionally maimed, tortured or killed, provided
such conduct is illegal under any animal protection provision of
federal or state law.
This bill was specifically drafted to address the proliferation
of Crush videos offered for sale over the Internet. These videos
graphically depict a woman, sometimes barefoot but usually in
stiletto heels, stepping on and killing a variety of small animals.
ANC: The Doris Day Animal Foundation
sponsors Spay Day as an international effort to control pet
overpopulation. How many animals have participated?
hit an amazing milestone on our Ninth Annual Spay Day USA in 2003 –
the 1,000,000th companion animal was spayed or neutered. Actually,
we are over one million, with our tenth annual event planned for
ANC: What is the most significant
legislation The Doris Day Animal League has influenced?
DD: DDAL was instrumental in achieving
passage of the ICCVAM Authorization Act signed into law in December
2000, which led to the development of a uniform process for
assessing the validation of testing methods that can reduce or
eliminate the use of animals to test product and chemical safety.
This Act will potentially lead to millions of animals being spared
from cruel and unnecessary experiments.
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