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Help protect companion animals

February 7, 2013
Barbara Steinberg - Kihei , The Maui Weekly

Please lend your support of SB197 (Senate Bill). This bill criminalizes the killing of pets (dogs, cats, horses) for human consumption, a fundamental protection for beloved companion animals considered as members of the family today and of whom we are guardians.

The violence in their killing is as unacceptable as it would be for humans. There is no way to ensure that killing them for consumption is done humanely under the current law. And to prove whether their killing was humane or not, becomes impossible without evidence. It is also believed that there is no such thing as humane killing of companion animals.

In the past, references to cultural or racial discrimination confused the real issue--cruelty to animals. How can there be an argument when the killing and human consumption of these companion animals have already been outlawed in major countries as the Philippines, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Singapore, South Korea, and recently, in Weixian County in China?

To say it is discrimination against people in Hawai'i who are from these countries where killing is now outlawed does not make sense.

It is really a cruelty issue, not a discrimination issue.

Please email Judiciary Chair Sen. Hee at and Vice Chair Sen. Shimaburkoro at and ask them to please hear the bill.

They need to hear our voices. They cannot speak for themselves.

Barbara Steinberg




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