Little Man’s Law – Update

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DSCF3482The Mighty Little Man Wearing His Cape with His Official Logo

Hello all! I’ll get straight to the point.

I have personally contacted over a dozen members of Congress in my efforts to garner a sponsor for Little Man’s Law. It’s still early, so I have received little by way of response.  However, I found what I believe to be a veritable gold mine of potential support for Little Man’s Law in the 124 members of the Congressional Animal Protection Caucus co-chaired by Congressmen Earl Blumenauer (D-OR) and Mike Fitzpatrick (R-PA).  At the link above, you will see a list of related legislation they support, and I can see no reason why they wouldn’t also support Little Man’s Law if we can get their attention.

I went through all 124 members and determined that only the following appear to accept emails from people outside their constituency. I am including their email links below:

Congressman Earl Blumenauer (D-OR), Co-Chair https://forms.house.gov/blumenauer/webforms/issue_subscribe.html

Congressman Ami Bera, M.D. (D-CA) https://bera.house.gov/connect-with-me/email-ami

Congresswoman Cheri Bustos (D-IL) https://bustos.house.gov/contact

Congressman Gerry Connolloy (D-VA) https://connolly.house.gov/contact-gerry1

Congressman Joe Courtney (D-CT) https://courtney.house.gov/email-joe1/

Congresswoman Michelle Lujan Grrisham (D-NM) https://lujangrisham.house.gov/contact

Congressman Jared Polis (D-CO) https://polis.house.gov/forms/writeyourrep/

Congressman Adam Schiff (D-CA) http://schiff.house.gov/contact (Select “Share your opinion or comments on bills or other issues” from the drop-down)

Congressman Brad Sherman (D-CA) https://sherman.house.gov/contact/contact-congressman-sherman-form

I request each of you make contact with these Representatives. I suggest you send them the following, which you can copy and paste into your own letter.  If there is a subject box, please type:  A Bill to Enact the Federal Pet Food Labeling and Advertising Act, “Little Man’s Law.”

Dear _________________,

This letter serves to request that you introduce and support legislation to require pet food manufacturers include a warning label on all pet food products containing adulterated ingredients.

I understand you have already been contacted by Mr. Jonathon Payne regarding his proposal for “Little Man’s Law.” There are three points I would like to make in my support for this proposed legislation:

  1. While there are existing laws prohibiting the use of adulterated ingredients in ALL food products, the FDA makes an exception for the use of some of these illegal and unsafe ingredients as long as they are intended only for animal consumption. This is done without the public’s general knowledge.
  2. While there are also existing laws governing the labeling and disclosure of ingredients in pet food products, there is no law or policy requiring the disclosure of whether any of the ingredients are adulterated. This being the case, there is no way for the American consumer to know which products contain these illegal and unsafe ingredients and which do not.
  3. Little Man’s Law, as proposed by Mr. Payne, will not change the way the pet food industry conducts its business, nor will it require a change to the FDA’s Compliance Policy Guidance allowing the use of some adulterated ingredients in animal food products. Little Man’s Law will ONLY require that the American consumer be notified as to which products contain adulterated ingredients.

I hereby request that you introduce Little Man’s Law to Congress as proposed by Mr. Payne. Our pets deserve better.

Sincerely,

(include your name here)

To all who plan to send letters to Congress, thank you in advance. This law is important, and many pets’ lives depend on it.

And don’t forget to sign the petition.

All the best,

Jonny

Merry Christmas!

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Ho Ho Ho

Merry Christmas everyone!  Be happy, be safe, and keep those fur babies warm.

All the best this Christmas season,

Jonny

Do Animals Have Souls?

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Sound AsleepLittle Man Cuddling with Jonny

Last week I posted to Facebook that I had a dream about Little Man.  I lost him just six months ago, but of course the pain is still very much alive, especially around this time of year.  The outpouring of support was truly overwhelming, and the comments to my Facebook post all indicated the same thing:  Little Man is not really gone; he’s just “away.”

But is that really true?

The answer is, yes, it is.  But how do we know?

The following is an excerpt from the last chapter of my book, Mighty Little Man:  My Story, His Story, Our Story.  Although Little Man survived the ordeal about which I wrote in the book and a picture of him taken a year after the event is on the book’s front cover, I felt compelled to include the last chapter because I knew it would provide comfort to others whose pets have passed on.  I offer a portion of that chapter here for the same reason.

Please note that the Hebrew words, written in English, were taken from James Strong’s The New Strong’s Exhaustive Concordance of the Bible, published in Nashville, Tennessee, by Thomas Nelson, 1996.

Here’s the excerpt:

The difficulty in answering this question is due partly to the confusion resulting from attempts to define the words soul and spirit, among others. Even modern dictionaries provide definitions in terms of each other, and in many cases of modern usage, they are used interchangeably.  However, a study of Scripture with regard to the soul and spirit of man and beast and an understanding of how these terms are used in Scripture are more important than any definitions which man can conceive.

Consider the following verses from the King James Version of the Holy Bible in reference to the word spirit:

And the earth was without form, and void; and darkness was upon the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters. (Gen. 1:2)

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)

In the first verse above, Moses refers to “the Spirit of God.” In the second verse, King Solomon refers to both man and animals and states, “they have all one breath.” The words in bold font, Spirit from the first verse and breath from the second, were both translated into English from the same Hebrew word, ruwach. Therefore, the Bible provides clear evidence that both man and animals have a spirit.

Now consider these verses in reference to the word soul:

And the Lord God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul. (Gen. 2:7)

And out of the ground the Lord God formed every beast of the field, and every fowl of the air; and brought them unto Adam to see what he would call them: and whatsoever Adam called every living creature, that was the name thereof. (Gen. 2:19)

In the first verse above, Moses states, “and man became a living soul.” In the second verse, he refers to animals as “every living creature.” However, the words in bold font, soul from the first verse and creature from the second, were both translated from the same Hebrew word, nephesh. Therefore, the Bible provides clear evidence that both man and animals were created from the dust of the earth and are souls.

More about this is included in the last chapter of the book, but for now, this will do.  However, there is one other thing I’d like to address.

The title of this blog is, “Do Animals Have Souls?”  Technically speaking, the answer to this question is, no.

I know what you’re thinking:  “What?!?!  Didn’t you just explain the opposite?”

No, not really.  The truth is that animals don’t have souls, they are souls, just like you and me.

I like to think that the soul is that part of us that makes us who we are.  It’s how we think, how we behave, how we feel.  The spirit is that part of us that is life.  It is that part that God gave us of Himself so that we may live.

So now I’m going to have to take another line from my own book, originally written for others, and apply it to myself in the here and now.  Of course, I’ll have to change a word or two from what was published in the book.  Believe it or not, it does give me comfort:

“Rest assured, Jonny, and have no fear.  Your Little Man is with God now.”

Simply Christmas 2015

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Simply Christmas 2015

What a great day!  I had the opportunity to be a vendor at the 3rd annual Simply Christmas held at the Monte Sano United Methodist Church in Huntsville, Alabama today.  It was awesome!

My book, Mighty Little Man:  My Story, His Story, Our Story (http://www.amazon.com/Mighty-Little-Man-Story-His/dp/1493634046/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1408707399&sr=1-1&keywords=mighty+little+man), was published over a year ago, but I have to say that today has been my most successful day so far.  I sold lots of books, both paperback and hardcover, and got into some “been there, done that” conversations with fellow kitty purrents.  We laughed, shared pictures, made friends, and just had a marvelous day.

Although it seemed everyone wanted a cat book today, I think the highlights at my booth were the large portrait of Little Man and my “Real Men Love Cats” T-shirt!  In fact, one woman told me to take it off and give it to her (she laughed).  Another handed me a card to local book seller and urged me to contact her about carrying my book in her store AND to help promote Little Man’s Law.  And yes, I let everyone who stopped at my booth, whether or not they bought a book, know about Little Man’s Law.

Then, to top it all off, the Alabama Crimson Tide won the SEC Championship tonight and are headed to the playoffs!!

Yes, it’s been a fantastic day!

VICTORY DANCE!!