This is Why We Need Little Man’s Law

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Sample Pet Food LabelSample Pet Food Label

The above image is a sample of a pet food product label.  The first three items listed must be the ones shown here.  But did you know that in a nutritional analysis test, boot leather can be mistaken for protein, wood shavings can be mistaken for fiber, and motor oil (yes, motor oil) can be mistaken for fat?

In fact, this has already been demonstrated.  This video is almost an hour long, but it shows just how bad things really are.  When we talk about “adulterated ingredients,” these are the kinds of things that fall into that category.

This is why we desperately need Little Man’s Law.  Please sign the petition and share it with every pet owner you know.

Our pets’ lives depend on it.

An Unfinished Life

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Boss Man 3Boss Man

Have you ever met a cat that just seemed to stick with you, but you didn’t know why?

I first met Boss Man several weeks ago.  I walked into Catisfaction Cat Clinic to pick up some cat food and stepped into the boarding area to see who was in there.  On that day, the first kitty I saw was this orange tabby.  He looked up at me and began kneeding his bedding, purring, and talking away.  I opened the door to his kennel as he stretched his head toward me for a scratch.  He loved it.

What I didn’t know was that he was a feral.

Boss Man, as Dr. Gandy, the veterinarian treating him called him, was being regularly fed by two kind women.  They never touched him, but kept him from going hungry.  One day, they found him dragging his hind legs, unable to walk.  For the first time, they were able to get close, so they picked him up and brought him to Dr. Gandy.

For several weeks, he received whatever care he needed.  Dr. Gandy couldn’t find anything significantly wrong with him other than a large bruise on his back end.  A sling was prepared for him to help him get back on his feet:

Boss Man 2

Soon, he seemed to be much better and was wheeling himself all around the clinic.  I didn’t expect he would be there much longer and would soon be all better.

Then, just a few days ago, I was back at the clinic and was shocked when I saw him.  For unknown reasons, he had stopped eating, drinking, and had lost a lot of weight.  It was apparent that something was terribly wrong.  He had a feeding tube and was having difficulty breathing.  My heart ached.

I pulled a chair to his kennel, opened the door, and reached in and picked him up.  I just held him in my lap for a while.  As he purred, I gently stroked his fur and quietly talked to him.  He seemed to enjoy it.

Barely two days later, I got a text from Dr. Gandy.  The Boss Man was gone.

His was an unfinished life, gone but not forgotten.  He wasn’t mine, but I plan to look for him one day at the Bridge.  I hope he recognizes me.

So run free, my friend.  I don’t know much about you, but I’m glad we had a few minutes together.  Say hello to all my furry friends who got there before you.  I’ll see you all soon.

Jonny

Mighty Little Man Review – “Couldn’t Lay it Down!”

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“One never knows who one might meet.”  Ever heard that?  Well, it’s certainly true for me.

Last May, I took Little Man to Catisfaction Cat Clinic here in Madison, Alabama, for bloodwork or something and happened to run into the kindest lady in the waiting area.  Today she is the Mighty Little Man’s self-proclaimed #1 fan!  She wrote her own review of Little Man’s book and posted it to Amazon.  I want to share it with all of you:

The Title of her review:  Finished it at 2 a.m., couldn’t lay it down!

Here’s what she said:

You will laugh. You will cry. You will live every word as you grow to love the book, the people, and the animals. Not just a book for cat lovers, or for softies: Jonny rides motorcycles, restores classic cars, works as an aerospace engineer, in addition to having had some very exciting experiences in the Air Force. He weaves his human adventures together with his animal adventures, and the whole cloth becomes a beautiful story of love and devotion.

I take my cats to Catisfaction Cat Clinic in Madison, AL, and have had the honor and pleasure to meet Jonny Payne and his Mighty Little Man. They continue to inspire with their strength and perseverance, and most of all, their love.

Yes, it’s reviews like that that make writing a book entirely worthwhile.

Thank you, Caryl!

Who Would You Want in Your Furbaby’s Corner?

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Jonny, Little Man, and Steph

Jonny, Little Man, and Dr. Stephanie Gandy

Finding a good veterinarian is like finding a good mechanic … once found, the best thing to do is grab hold with both hands and don’t let go.

For us, that veterinarian is Dr. Stephanie Gandy at Catisfaction Cat Clinic, a cat-only facility in Madison, Alabama.

When my beloved Little Man was going through his terrible ordeal, Dr. Gandy’s own staff asked her, “What are we doing, Doc?  This cat should have been put down days ago.”  Dr. Gandy responded, “No.  I won’t give up until Little Man does.”

Little Man never gave up, and neither did Dr. Gandy.  As a result, Little Man was credited with multiple world records for his miraculous recovery, and Dr. Gandy hasn’t stopped doing what she does.

For example, a while ago, a kitten was brought to her with a neck injury.  He was paralyzed from the neck down but with no obvious physical damage.  Several of us took turns feeding him, which involved supporting his entire weight (all in one hand) while he ate from his little bowl.  Dr. Gandy’s husband, Chris, is an engineer, and he rigged up a sling so that Hisstopher, as Dr. Gandy called him, could slowly learn to walk again.  It took time and patience, but guess what?  Hisstopher is fine today.

The same kind of thing happened to another kitten later, and today THAT kitten is all better, too.

And did you know Dr. Gandy is the ONLY veterinarian for miles around who can CURE, not just treat, hyperthyroidism?

Now there’s another cat in her clinic, a feral male Dr. Gandy calls, “Boss Man.”  Not sure why just yet, but he can’t walk on his hind legs.  I met him the other day.  When I walked into the boarding area at Catisfaction, he looked right at me and began kneading his bedding, purring, and talking like crazy.  I opened the door to his kennel, and he stretched his neck toward me so I could scratch his head.  He loved it.  Certainly seems to me he’s happy to be off the street, paralyzed or not.

I know anything can happen and nothing is certain, but I’m not too worried.  Boss Man has someone in his corner.  He has Dr. Gandy.

I don’t think she knows how to give up.

So I ask you, who would YOU want in YOUR furbaby’s corner?

Animal Abuse Registry

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FBI Kitty

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We’ve seen several reports in the news lately that animal abuse is now considered a felony.  I think I speak for animal lovers everywhere when I say, “Right on!!”

But now it seems things are being taken a step further.  Several states are proposing legislation for an Animal Abuse Registry similar to Sex Offender Registries.

I urge everyone to check out the New State Animal Abuser Registries Proposed in 2015 and then click on “TAKE ACTION” to show your support.

Do it for those who can’t speak for themselves.

Little Man’s Law – Progress?

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Just wanted to pass on some news.  In my efforts to garner support for Little Man’s Law (see the petition), I contacted Senator Jeff Sessions (R-AL).  Just this past week I received a call from his office.  They requested I send them my supporting documentation to back up my (our) position and they would forward it to the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry.  I asked if it would be helpful if I contacted the committee members directly.  They said to let them do it!  (I was hoping they would say that since the Senator carries more weight!)  According to Senator Sessions’ office, this committee is responsible for oversight of the Food and Drug Administration, the very organization that allows the use of some adulterated ingredients in animal food products.

Looks like we’re finally getting some attention!  However, this is not the time to let up.  If you have not already done so, please sign the petition and share it with everyone you know.  Let’s keep things moving!

Our fur babies are counting on us!

All the best,

Jonny

Congressional Animal Protection Caucus

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In my efforts to garner a sponsor for Little Man’s Law, I came across the Congressional Animal Protection Caucus and wanted to share some of their priorities.  As you can see, Little Man’s Law should be of great interest to them IF we can get their attention.  Take a look at the legislation below, and please sign the petition for Little Man’s Law.

Animal Welfare in Agricultural Research Endeavors (AWARE) Act – H.R. 746 / S. 388

This bill would require federally conducted agricultural research to meet the minimum standards of the Animal Welfare Act (AWA). All federal agencies, regardless of their mission, should ensure that taxpayer funds are appropriately used in a transparent and humane manner.  Passage of the AWARE Act will require that research conducted at the U.S. Meat Animal Research Center (USMARC) and other federally run facilities meet certain necessary benchmarks of other animal research.

Captive Primate Safety Act – H.R. 2920

This bill would amend the Lacey Act, which enforces civil and criminal penalties for the illegal trade of animals and plants, by adding nonhuman primates to the list of animals who cannot be traded and transported across state lines as pets. This legislation, which has passed both the House and Senate in previous Congresses, would accomplish for primates what the Captive Wildlife Safety Act – which Congress passed unanimously in late 2003 – did for big cats.

Pet and Women Safety (PAWS) Act – H.R. 1258 / S. 1559

This bill would prohibit threats or acts of violence against a person’s pet under the offenses of stalking and interstate violation of a protection order. It would also provide compensation to the victims of domestic violence and their pets by covering the costs of veterinary services and supporting entities providing housing assistance.

Prevent Animal Cruelty and Torture (PACT) Act H.R. 2293 / S. 1831

This bill would strengthen the animal crush video law and prohibit those extreme acts of animal cruelty when they occur in interstate or foreign commerce.

Humane Cosmetics ActH.R. 2858

This bill would make it unlawful for anyone to conduct or commission cosmetics animal testing in the United States. The bill would prohibit selling, offering for sale, or transporting any cosmetics in interstate commerce if the final product or any component was developed or manufactured using animal testing.

Safe Transport for Horses Act – H.R. 1282 / S. 946

This bill would prohibit a person from transporting a horse in interstate commerce in a motor vehicle (except a vehicle operated exclusively on rail or rails) containing two or more levels stacked on top of one another. It would also prescribe civil penalties for people who knowingly violate this prohibition.

Prevent All Soring Tactics (PAST) Act – H.R. 3286 / S. 1121

This bill would stop cruel soring of Tennessee Walking Horses and related breeds by amending the Horse Protection Act to end the failed industry self-policing system, ban the use of devices associated with soring, strengthen penalties, and make illegal the actual soring of a horse for the purpose of showing or selling the animal.

Safeguard American Food Exports (SAFE) ActH.R. 1942 / S. 1214

This bill would ban domestic horse slaughter and stop the export of horses for slaughter abroad, to prevent human health threats posed by the consumption of equines raised in the United States.

Battlefield Excellence through Superior Training (BEST) Practices ActH.R.1095 / S. 587

This bill would require the Secretary of Defense to use only human-based methods for training members of the Armed Forces in the treatment of severe combat injuries.

Global Anti-Poaching ActH.R. 2494

This bill would support global anti-poaching efforts, strengthen the capacity of partner countries to counter wildlife trafficking, designate major wildlife trafficking countries, and for other purposes.

Big Cat Public Safety Act H.R. 3546

This bill would amend the Captive Wildlife Safety Act to prohibit the private possession and breeding of big cats, with exemptions for larger facilities such as zoos, sanctuaries, state colleges, and universities.

Again, please sign the petition and help me make Little Man’s Law a reality.  Our pets’ lives depend on it.

Meet Zak, The Highland Tiger

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ZakZak, a Critically Endangered Scottish Wildcat.  Photo by Sue Arber.

One of the best things about writing a cat book is the people (and animals) you get to know because of it.

Meet Zak (photo).  He’s a critically endangered Scottish wildcat, or Highland Tiger, living in the Highlands of Scotland.  I had never heard of the Highland Tiger until someone in Scotland began to show an interest in Little Man and his book.  That someone is Maureen Laverman of Alford, Aberdeenshire.

Maureen and some friends have “a really strong passion” for these magnificent creatures and decided to try to do more to raise awareness and help in the survival of the Highland Tiger.  One of her friends, Sue Arber, is a photographer and routinely goes out and snaps photos of Zak, his babies, and other Scottish wildcats.

They have a Facebook group called Highland Tiger Fling where you can see more photos and learn more about their efforts.  I urge you to join their group to show your support for these wonderful felines.

Just look at Zak.  He’s wild, but couldn’t you just kiss him?  After all, he’s a “furbaby” too.

 

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