“Mighty Little Man” by Carole Foret

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Mighty Little Man PaintingMighty Little Man

I just picked this up a few days ago.  This is the second painting Carole has done for me.  The first, In His Arms, was included in my book, Mighty Little Man:  My Story, His Story, Our Story, and prints are for sale on my website at http://www.mightylittleman.com/in-his-arms.html.

This one is not framed yet, but I wanted to share it in remembrance of Little Man.

I’ve been asked, “What did you see when you looked at Little Man?”

I have to answer by saying, “I saw a living, breathing creature of God.  I saw a sinless soul with a fighting spirit.  I saw my best friend.”

Rest in peace, my Mighty Little Man.  I will love you always.

Daddy

“Like an Animal”

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lion and cubPhoto by http://animal-animal-animal.blogspot.com/2012/09/beautiful-animal-world-2.html.

I hate that phrase, especially within the context in which it is normally used.  Animals are often referred to as things to revile, to avoid, or with the expectation that they are or represent something terrible.

Here are some more examples:

“… treated like animals.”

“He acts like an animal.”

“… filthy animal.”

If you ask me, people who refer to animals in these ways have it all wrong.  The truth is that it is mankind who is capable of unbelievable malice and cruelty, not the animals.  Sure, what may appear to some to be a cruel example of killing when one animal kills another, in actuality such acts are quite natural.  Animals kill to eat, to survive, or to protect their young, their territory, or their food stores.  They do not kill, as mankind often does, for sport, fun, or to collect a trophy, or even worse, in the commission of a crime.

We should endeavor to be more them.  Animals I mean.

So the next time you hear someone refer to animals by using one of the phrases I mentioned above, remember this:

For that which befalleth the sons of men befalleth beasts; even one thing befalleth them:  as the one dieth, so dieth the other; yea, they have all one breath; so that a man hath no pre-eminence above a beast: for all is vanity.  (Eccl 3:19)

While in many ways mankind and animals are more alike than man would like to admit, in other ways there are differences:  the animals are better.

 

Little Man’s Law – Need Pictures!

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Hello all!

By now you should be well aware of my efforts to convince Congress to enact Little Man’s Law.  This law will require a warning label on all pet food products containing adulterated ingredients, which are not only unsafe, but also illegal.  However, the FDA has chosen to allow the use of some types of adulterated ingredients—but only for pet food products, not human food.  I guess the FDA thinks our furbabies are “just animals.”

Among my many efforts to develop an argument for presentation to Congress is a petition I started.  Here’s the link:  https://www.change.org/p/united-states-congress-enact-little-man-s-law-to-require-a-warning-label-on-pet-food-products-containing-illegal-but-allowed-by-the-fda-and-unsafe-adulterated-ingredients.

Please follow the link and sign the petition.  Every voice needs to be heard.

And I have another idea for something that will be very helpful and hard-hitting, but I need your help.

I need pictures, lots of pictures.  I also need dates, specifically the month and year when your furbaby got sick from pet food products.  Cats, dogs, ferrets … I need them all.

So here’s what I’d like for you to do.  Please send me ONE picture of your furbaby along with the MONTH and YEAR when he or she got sick from pet food.  I know many pets died, but the month and year when they first got sick is what I need, not the date of death.

Send it via EMAIL to jonny.payne@mightylittleman.com.  In the subject line, put the date I requested.  For example, if your furbaby got sick from pet food in September 2012, then the subject of your email should be, “September 2012.”  Then attach ONE picture of your furbaby and send it to me.  Please feel free to include whatever you’d like for me to know in the body of the email.

You’ll LOVE what I have in mind.

Did I forget to mention an incentive?  There’s every possibility that if Little Man’s Law is passed, the pictures you send me could appear on the desk of the President of the United States when he signs the law.

So get those pictures and dates to me.  My little surprise is going to knock their socks off.

All the best,

Jonny

Little Man’s Law – Let Your Voice Be Heard!

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Last week, I went public for the first time to announce my efforts to have Congress enact “Little Man’s Law,” an Act that will require warning labels on all pet food products containing illegal (but allowed by the FDA) and unsafe adulterated ingredients.

Now it’s time to let your voices be heard.

I have started a petition and need everyone to sign it and show their support. Click the link below to see the petition:

https://www.change.org/p/united-states-congress-enact-little-man-s-law-to-require-a-warning-label-on-pet-food-products-containing-illegal-but-allowed-by-the-fda-and-unsafe-adulterated-ingredients

Before a proposed Bill ever sees the light of day, it must have a sponsor (a member of Congress to introduce the Bill). I have already provided detailed packages to the following members of Congress hoping to garner their sponsorship:

Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-CA)

Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL)

Senator Richard Shelby (R-AL)

Congressman Mo Brooks (R-AL)

In addition to signing the petition, you can contact these members of Congress directly. Please note that people residing outside the state or district of these members of Congress may not receive a reply, especially to an email. However, all can be reached via their staff at their office addresses or telephone numbers.  Their contact information is provided below:

Senator Dianne Feinstein:

Email Link for California Residents: https://www.feinstein.senate.gov/public/index.cfm/e-mail-me

Address:  Senator Dianne Feinstein, United States Senate 331, Hart Senate Office Building, Washington, D.C. 20510

Phone (Washington, DC): (202) 224-3841

Senator Dick Durbin:

Email Link: https://www.durbin.senate.gov/contact/email

Address:  Senator Dick Durbin, 711 Hart Senate Building, Washington, D.C. 20510

Phone (Washington, DC): (202) 224-2152

Senator Richard Shelby:

Email Link: http://www.shelby.senate.gov/public/index.cfm/emailsenatorshelby

Address:  Senator Richard Shelby, 304 Russell Senate Office Building, Washington, DC 20510

Phone (Washington, DC): (202) 224-5744

Congressman Mo Brooks:

Email Link: https://brooks.house.gov/email-me

Address:  Congressman Mo Brooks, 1230 Longworth HOB, Washington, DC 20515

Phone (Washington, DC): (202) 225-4801

Please feel free to contact the represetatives of your own state also.  To help makes things even easier, I would like to request that you copy and paste the following into the body of any email or letter sent to any member of Congress, but of course you can add, edit, or write your own letter. Make sure to reference “Little Man’s Law.”  Don’t forget to fill in the blank with the name of the person you are trying to reach:

Dear __________,

It has come to my attention that you have received correspondence from Mr. Jonathon Payne of Alabama regarding his proposal for the enactment of “Little Man’s Law” that will require warning labels on all pet food products containing illegal (but allowed by the FDA) and unsafe adulterated ingredients.

Mr. Payne is right. I have the right to know what is in the food I feed ALL of my family members, and that includes my pets.  My pets are family, and they deserve better.

Please support Little Man’s Law.

Sincerely,

(Don’t forget to sign or type your name here)

Thank you all for your support of this extremely important cause. I continue to build the case for Little Man’s Law, and it’s getting stronger and stronger.

To keep up with the status of my efforts, you can also follow my blog by clicking the button that says “Follow” to the left of this screen, or “Like” Little Man’s Facebook page at:  https://www.facebook.com/mightylittleman2014/?ref=hl

WE CAN DO THIS!!

For those who can’t speak for themselves,

Jonny

Little Man’s Law – An Introduction

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If you are anything like me, you didn’t know about this. It’s time to change that.

Over the last few months with the help of Susan Thixton of the Association for Truth in Pet Food, I have worked very hard in support of a Bill I have proposed, which I call the Federal Pet Food Labeling and Advertising Act, also known as “Little Man’s Law.” The following is the text of the letter I wrote, originally written as a speech, and sent to four members of Congress in an effort to garner sponsorship for the Bill (once a Bill is passed by Congress and signed by the President, then it becomes law).  I believe it explains the situation very well:

Dear (Senator/Congressman ____________),

My Name is Jonathon Scott Payne, and I’d like to tell you a story; a story about a member of my family. His name was Little Man.  In his younger days, he was a mascot for my unit in the US Air Force.  Later, he would find himself connected, albeit in a minor way, to the last space shuttle mission.  Yes, he was an extraordinary creature, and the best friend I ever had.

But then, when he was ten years old, something terrible happened.

You see, Little Man was my cat. On September 3, 2012, he suddenly found himself at death’s door.  But after more than two weeks in the hospital, he returned home—alive and well.  His survival was remarkable.  In fact, I wrote a book about his ordeal.  But it would be another two and half years before I would come to understand just how important it was that he survive.  And that was no small feat.  In fact, it took three world records and some would say a down-right miracle to do it.

But he did survive, and if he hadn’t, I never would have known the truth. He survived long enough for something else to happen on April 23, 2015, an event that would steer me on a road to discovery.

When it became obvious to me that there was something very bad in the so-called pet food I had been feeding to Little Man for years, I tried to have some of it tested. I contacted laboratories I knew had the capability to perform such testing, but I was refused.  Their reason for refusal?  A “conflict of interest.”  I had hit a roadblock.

But thanks to Little Man and his incredible survival, my road to discovery eventually led me to cross paths with Susan Thixton of the Association for Truth in Pet Food. I was horrified by the truth.

Susan Thixton was able to assemble a select group of individuals committed to the truth and willing to conduct their own series of tests, and what they found is simply heart-breaking. They ran tests on over a dozen pet food samples of various brands and manufacturers.  For example, there are published, acceptable levels of mycotoxins in all food products.  However, the team at the Association for Truth in Pet Food found levels as high as seven times what is considered “safe for consumption.”

But there’s more. Some pet foods contain adulterated ingredients.  This sounds harmless enough, that is until we understand the definition of the term “adulterated.”

Under the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act, a food shall be determined to be adulterated if it contains poisonous or insanitary ingredients, if it consists in whole or in part of any filthy, putrid, or decomposed substances, or if it is the product of a diseased animal or of an animal which has died other than by slaughter. Under this act, it is illegal to use adulterated ingredients in ANY food product. 

So how is it possible to find any adulterated ingredients in the food we feed our pets?

The answer is fairly simple. Even though pet food prepared using parts of a diseased animal or of an animal which has died other than by slaughter is a violation of Section 402, Paragraph (a), Subparagraph (5), the Compliance Policy Guidance from the Food and Drug Administration states that such a violation, “will not ordinarily be actionable, if it is not otherwise in violation of the law.”  The compliance policy then specifically states that pet food prepared in this way “will be considered fit for animal consumption.”

In other words, the FDA has made it clear that as long as the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act is violated only with regard to pet food, that’s ok. After all, they’re just animals, right?

This is unacceptable. We have watched our pets suffer illnesses and die because of these products.  I can point you to a list over a thousand complaints against one pet food manufacturer alone that horrifically describes the suffering experienced by pets after eating these products.  I’ve read countless heart-wrenching stories of people who lost their entire household of multiple pets due to contaminated pet foods.  The question is, what do we do about it?

It is not our intention to change the pet food industry, at least not directly. No.  What we want is much simpler than that.

We seek enactment of the Federal Pet Food Labeling and Advertising Act, also known as “Little Man’s Law.” Little Man’s Law will require that the truth be made known.

Simply put, Little Man’s Law will require a label be included on the packaging and advertising of all pet food products containing adulterated ingredients. It’s all about disclosure.  The label will make no claim to any specific disease.  It will merely state the truth.  So when Fluffy’s mommy goes online, to the grocery store, the pet store, her veterinarians’ clinic, or anywhere else pet foods are sold, she will see a label in its own box, in a font no smaller than that used to list the product ingredients, which will state in the law’s own graphic terms:

“WARNING: This product contains adulterated ingredients and may have been prepared using insanitary, filthy, putrid, and/or decomposed animal parts or vegetation possibly resulting in abnormally high levels of mycotoxins or other poisonous substances.”

This label will inform pet owners of the truth. They’ll know what they’re really feeding the four-legged members of their households.  They will be empowered to make informed decisions regarding the care and feeding of their fur-babies.  And when Fluffy’s mommy sees that label, she has the knowledge and the right to buy something else.

Little Man and all the pets who have suffered because of these so-called pet foods are most certainly NOT “just animals.” They are family, and they deserve better.

Please sponsor Little Man’s Law.

Sincerely,

Jonathon S. Payne

I signed the letter and provided my contact information. I also included some supporting documentation including links to current law and compliance policies, some draft text for the Bill, and answers to some anticipated questions.  I sent all of it to Senator Richard Shelby (R-AL), Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-CA), Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL), and Congressman Mo Brooks (R-AL).  Hopefully, one or more of them will agree to sponsor (introduce to Congress) the Bill.  We have a long way to go, but nothing will happen if we don’t try.

If you wish to keep informed as to the progress of these efforts, please click on the button labeled “Follow” on the left side of this screen to receive updates via email, or click “Like” on Little Man’s Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/mightylittleman2014/?ref=hl.

Most importantly, help me spread the word.  Tell every pet owner you know about Little Man’s Law, and that includes those with cats, dogs, ferrets, and just about any other kind of pet imaginable.  Please, it’s that important.

Keep your paws crossed!

Jonny