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Is hunting really threatened by animal-rights activists?

If hogs had a religion, the farmer would be their God.

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Hansen Files Landmark Bill to Restore Original Intent of ESA

Exempts private property, military lands and all plant life from ESA

Retiring House Resources Chairman James V. Hansen today filed a bill that would exempt military lands, private property and all plant life from the Endangered Species Act.

Hansen called the bill “a shot across the bow from a retiring chairman” and a blueprint for bold changes that reflect what Congress originally intended when it passed the law more than 30 years ago. “I’m just greasing the wheels for change here, giving my colleagues something they can act on swiftly in the next Congress,” Hansen said.

Growing problems with the ESA cost consumers and taxpayers more than a billion a year in litigation, lost profits, lost jobs and rising operating costs for both government and business, according to estimates from private groups.

In some instances, private property owners can’t walk their own property. Some military bases can’t use their own land for mission-critical training at a time when America is on the verge of war.

Chairman Hansen’s statement:

“After working with this law during my 22 years in Congress, I’ve concluded it’s the most powerful law in the land. It can be used to thwart everything from the training of our fighter pilots to the farmer’s simple desire to plant a crop in his field so he can feed his family.

“Right now, in this country, the rights of an endangered fly or a species of seaweed take precedence over national security, commerce and many people’s right to the enjoyment of property and the pursuit of happiness.

“Our founding fathers would be appalled. This government was founded on a few key concepts, among them the need to provide a common defense and the protection of individual property rights. These days, ESA is tripping up even that. This legislation moves the federal government in the direction of working cooperatively with private land owners. Under current law, the only option to protect endangered species is legal confrontation.

“Congress crafted this law nearly 40 years ago to protect large species like the grizzly, wolf and bald eagle from extinction. Frankly, the ESA hasn’t done a particularly good job of protecting anything but lawyers’ pocketbooks. Outlawing DDT did more for our wildlife than the ESA has done.

“Meanwhile roads have been stalled, homes lost, countless jobs forfeited and thousands of acres locked up because of this ham-fisted law. Republicans and Democrats have long recognized that something needs to be done to fix the Endangered Species Act. I’m just making it easy for everybody next year by dropping a bill now with the three simple changes that could fix this law.

“If we exempt private property, military lands and all plants from the ESA, we would, in short order, have a more prosperous and secure nation and still have a healthy and abundant wildlife. We would create thousands of jobs, jump-start our economy, free up our clogged court system and still protect our wildlife.

I’d wager my federal pension you could make these changes and the populations of threatened and endangered species would remain the same. The numbers didn’t improve when we started stripping people of their rights. I doubt they’ll go down any once we restore those rights.”

Source: http://resourcescommittee.house.gov/press/2002/2002_1112ESA.htm

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From the land that gave PIGS constitutional rights here is one to take away another one of yours (PRIVACY)Florida firm seeks to microchip Americans

By Laura MacInnis

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A Washington forum debated on Friday the benefits and hazards posed by a new way of identifying people with a microchip implanted under their skin to replace conventional paper identification.

The heated debate at the National Academies, a non-profit think-tank advising the government on matters of technology and science, focused on the threat to individual privacy versus the convenience of switching to a chip.

Implanted microchips have long been used in the animal kingdom, to track wildlife and to help pet owners recover their lost animals, but the idea of using them on humans has sparked fierce criticism from scientists and privacy advocates alike.

"We have absolutely no data about this particular product and about the implications over the long term if Americans are chipped," Marc Rotenberg, director of the Electronic Privacy Information Center in Washington, said.

Applied Digital Solutions Inc. says its glass capsule the size of a grain of rice, injected into forearms and other fleshy body parts, could help authorities find missing persons and speed up medical diagnosis treatment.

The VeriChip, a scannable device worn under the skin and encrypted with personal information like medical records and emergency contacts, was unveiled last year in Florida.

So far about 20 people have been "chipped", including an entire family in Florida.

"I can't feel them at all," said Richard Seeling, an Applied Digital executive who has implanted two microchips into his right forearm to test the product. "Most of the time I forget they're there until someone asks about it."

Seeling said the chips were both painless and safe but scientists at the National Academies said too little was known about the device and warned it could pose health risks like infections and immunity disorders for bearers.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration ruled in October it would not regulate the device so long as it was not used for medical purposes such as diagnosis.

This left Applied Digital free to market the chip for personal identification and security, for instance locating missing children or identifying car accident victims.

"I do think there could be beneficial uses, particularly for Alzheimer's patients, but on a large scale this is essentially a system of control," Rotenberg said.

Privacy advocates worry the microchip could spell the end of anonymity in the United States, particularly if authorities began requiring people to wear them to meet conditions of parole, employment or border crossings.

Seeling said each chip costs about $200, and that scanner devices needed to read the data would be targeted for sale to police, hospitals, schools and other agencies across the United States.

Source: http://in.tech.yahoo.com/021116/137/1xuz0.html

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Waterkeeper Alliance

"We’re starting with hogs. After we get done with the hogs, then we’re gonna go after the other ones."
— Waterkeeper Alliance president Robert F. Kennedy, Jr., December 6, 2000

"Why don’t we put them out of business?"
— Charles Speer, one of the attorneys in charge of recruiting other lawyers to attack the pork industry, quoted in the Wilmington (NC) Morning Star, January 12, 2001

"We have attorneys now who have money and they know what they’re doing. They are the best in the country and we are going to put an end to this industry."
— Kennedy, on NPR’s Weekend Edition, February 18, 2001

"We will march across this country and we will bring these kind of lawsuits against every single pork factory in America if we have to…. Whatever it takes to win."
— Kennedy, in the Los Angeles Times, March 1, 2001

"You don’t hire a child molester to run a nursery school. It’s a conflict of interest."
— Riverkeeper founder Robert H. Boyle in the New York Times (Nov. 5, 2000) after Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. hired a convicted environmental felon as the organization’s chief scientific analyst

"He [RFK Jr.] is very reckless. He’s assumed an arrogance above his intellectual stature."
— Robert Boyle, after Robert F. Kennedy hired a convicted environmental felon as the group’s chief scientific analyst, as quoted in the New York Post, June 22, 2000

The Waterkeeper Alliance has declared war on America’s pork industry, and Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. is in charge of the battle plan. Officially, Waterkeeper is a coalition of more than 80 “neighborhood watch” programs for America’s rivers, bays, and shorelines. But this is thin political cover for the real coalition here -- one of big-money trial lawyers (many of them still counting their tobacco-settlement fees) who see billion-dollar payouts where most consumers see ribs, ham, and bacon.

Kennedy’s involvement with the group dates back to the mid-1980s, when he was a prosecutor in the Manhattan district attorney’s office. According to Kennedy’s own accounts, he was also a secret heroin addict, disguising himself and visiting Harlem to buy illegal drugs by night. That double life caught up with him in 1984 when he was arrested and charged with heroin possession. As part of a plea arrangement, Kennedy was sentenced to 800 hours of community service, which he worked off by volunteering at the Hudson River Foundation. This group was later absorbed by the Hudson Riverkeepers, the Waterkeeper Alliance’s flagship constituent group.

Today, the nerve center of the Robert Kennedy environmental empire consists of three groups: the Waterkeeper Alliance, the Hudson Riverkeepers (sometimes known simply as “Riverkeeper”), and the Pace University Environmental Law Clinic, where Waterkeeper and Riverkeeper both keep a mailing address. The group functions as one.

The larger enviro-conglomerate has been a wholly owned subsidiary of Robert Kennedy since June of 2000 (see “Black Eye”); around that time, he began trading on his family name in order to assemble a “dream team” of attorneys who were interested in applying to pork producers the legal model made famous by tobacco lawyers. Assisted by long-time Kennedy family friends like Hiram Eastland and Jan Schlichtmann (of A Civil Action fame), Kennedy has recruited lawyers from 15 national law firms, most in states where hog farming has a significant presence. One such attorney, Richard H. Middleton, Jr., is the immediate past president of the Association of Trial Lawyers of America (and still runs the trial lawyers’ Political Action Committee).

Each firm has committed itself to an initial $50,000 ante, which is pocket change compared to the size of the awards these lawyers are hoping for. In January of 2001, Kennedy himself estimated potential “damages” against the pork industry at $9-13 billion. If they prevail, the lawyers will keep a huge percentage for themselves.

About half of the law firms contributing attorney-muscle to Kennedy’s crusade have experience suing tobacco companies (the ultimate legal cash cow). Likewise, about half are involved with class-action suits against antibiotic manufacturer Bayer. It’s interesting to note that on January 18, 2002 Kennedy joined Environmental Defense’s Rebecca Goldburg in a press conference denouncing Bayer for its continued marketing of the livestock antibiotic Baytril. One might imagine being a fly on the wall when Kennedy and his stable of lawyers agreed to publicly attack each other’s sworn enemies, confident that the connection would arouse no public concern.

In addition to these lawyers’ deep pockets, the Waterkeeper Alliance stays afloat through foundation su

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