USPS Will Continue To Mail Animal-Fighting Paraphernalia

Amazon Box delivered by USPS

The Humane Society of the United States has filed a lawsuit in federal court challenging the US Postal Service’s refusal to implement parts of the new federal law that prohibits the mailing of animal- fighting paraphernalia, including trade magazines that advertise fighting animals, knives and other implements used in illegal dogfights and cockfights.

The lawsuit is being filed as a companion case to an action that HSUS filed against Amazon.com for shipping animal-fighting publications.

In May, Bush signed into law the federal Animal Fighting Prohibition Enforcement Act. One provision of the law states that it is a felony to send any “commercial speech for purposes of promoting or in any other manner furthering an animal- fighting venture” through the mail.

The lawsuit claims that the “USPS is violating the law by knowingly accepting animal-fighting materials for mailing, and by issuing discount, bulk mail permits to two animal-fighting trade publications — The Feathered Warrior and The Gamecock, both published in Arkansas.”

From DM News:

“The Postal Service should not be in the business of shipping illegal animal-fighting paraphernalia around the country, and it certainly shouldn’t be giving criminals a discount rate,” said Wayne Pacelle, president/CEO of the HSUS, in a statement. “Congress has spoken, and now it’s time for the Postal Service to stop looking the other way when it comes to the cruel and illegal practice of staged animal fighting.”

The HSUS alerted USPS officials to the new animal-fighting law the same day it was enacted, and asked them to halt the mailing of two trade magazines that are essentially mail-order catalogs for illegal cockfighting weapons and fighting birds.

The society said Congress was explicit in its intent to halt mailing of these magazines, including by noting in the Congressional Record that the new law “prohibits the Web sites and the magazines where fighting animals are advertised for sale.”

Nevertheless, the group said the USPS recently issued a “terse ruling permitting the continued mailing of these illegal items.”

Gerry McKiernan, media relations manager at the USPS added: “We have given thorough consideration to the material provided by the Humane Society and determined that the magazines in question are still mailable.”

11 Responses to “USPS Will Continue To Mail Animal-Fighting Paraphernalia”

  1. Captn'Carl says:

    Hey! The USPS is government. Nothing will happen until the right palm gets “greased”!

  2. Lynne says:

    I’m glad to see this.

  3. Sandy says:

    I think we need to boycott amazon.com

  4. Jenny Bark says:

    This makes me feel bad. I use & like Amazon. I will get in touch with them and tell them what I think about this.
    Captn’Carl I agree with you.

  5. Lynn says:

    Amazon is now on my boycott list. I, too, will let them know why.

    I am appalled. I just went to www.amazon.com website and entered the name of one of the books in the search engine, “The Feathered Warrior.” You won’t believe the stuff that’s published on the subject of animal mutilation. [Let’s call it what it is.] I am literally sick to my stomach. While I hate to make YOU ill as well, everyone needs to check out the offerings on amazon.com.

    There’s one book [click on each for a full-blown review of content] entitled, “The Dog Pit - Or, How To Select, Breed, Train And Manage Fighting Dogs, With Points As To Their Care In Health And Disease - 1888 ” (History Of Fighting Dogs Series) (History of Fighting Dogs Series) (Paperback). Read the reviews:
    http://www.amazon.com/gp/produ.....merReviews

    Amazon - you are disgusting. I hope your website is shut down.

  6. Lynn says:

    Amazon is now on my boycott list. I, too, will let them know why.

    I am appalled. Still, I wanted to know what exactly Amazon was selling, so I just went to www.amazon.com website and entered the name of one of the books in the search engine, “The Feathered Warrior.” You won’t believe the stuff that’s published on the subject of animal mutilation. [Let’s call it what it is.] I am literally sick to my stomach. While I hate to make YOU ill as well, everyone needs to check out the offerings on amazon.com.

    There’s one book [click on each for a full-blown review of content] entitled, “The Dog Pit - Or, How To Select, Breed, Train And Manage Fighting Dogs, With Points As To Their Care In Health And Disease - 1888 ” (History Of Fighting Dogs Series) (History of Fighting Dogs Series) (Paperback).

    Read the reviews:
    http://www.amazon.com/gp/produ.....merReviews

    Amazon - you are disgusting. I hope your website is shut down. And as for the publishers and people who buy any of these publications, you ought to be skinned alive.

  7. Lynn says:

    One last thing - anyone have the email addresses or faxes for the following members of Amazon’s Board of Directors:

    Officers

    Jeffrey P. Bezos
    President, Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of the Board

    Jeffrey Blackburn
    Senior Vice President, Business Development

    Rick Dalzell
    Senior Vice President and Chief Information Officer

    Sebastian J. Gunningham
    Senior Vice President, Merchant Services

    Andrew Jassy
    Senior Vice President, Web Services

    Steven Kessel
    Senior Vice President, Worldwide Digital Media

    Marc Onetto
    Senior Vice President, Worldwide Operations

    Diego Piacentini
    Senior Vice President, International Retail

    Shelley Reynolds
    Vice President, Finance and Controller (Principal Accounting Officer)

    Tom Szkutak
    Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer

    Brian Valentine
    Senior Vice President, Ecommerce Platform

    Jeff Wilke
    Senior Vice President, North America Retail

    Michelle Wilson
    Senior Vice President, General Counsel, Secretary

    Directors
    Jeffrey P. Bezos
    President, Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of the Board
    Amazon.com

    Tom A. Alberg
    Madrona Venture Group

    John Seely Brown
    Visiting Scholar, Annenberg Center at USC

    L. John Doerr
    Kleiner Perkins Caulfield & Byers

    William B. (Bing) Gordon
    Electronic Arts, Inc.

    Myrtle Potter
    Myrtle Potter Consulting, LLC

    Thomas O. Ryder
    Reader’s Digest Association, Inc.

    Patricia Q. Stonesifer
    Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation

    These people should be ashamed for their ignorance [presumably they are ignorant…..or are they?] insofar as what products Amazon is selling.

    If you have an email or fax number for any of the above-mentioned, please post it here so we can all “speak our mind” directly.

  8. Lynne says:

    Sadly, Barnes and Noble is no better:
    http://search.barnesandnoble.c.....s2Pid=9481

    I say support independent bookstores.

  9. Lynne says:

    The contact info for B&N is here:
    http://www.hoovers.com/Barnes-.....executives

    B&N: 212-633-3300
    Chairman: Leonard S. Riggio
    Vice Chairman and CEO: Stephen (Steve) Riggio
    COO: Mitchell S. Klipper

    This is a good site for finding CEO info on various companies.

  10. Lynne says:

    Amazon’s info is here:
    http://www.hoovers.com/amazon......heet.xhtml

  11. Donna Stevens says:

    Money, money, money, money, and every thing else be damned !!!!!


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