Last week, the Oakland Planning Commission approved a proposal on urban agriculture that classifies animals as plants by including them under "Community Gardens," which means any individual who wants to keep any number of animals or "livestock" can do so in any part of the city without even needing a Conditional Use Permit. The proposal now goes to the City Council, and they need to hear from you now.
So many "calls to action" are about closing something down that already exists, which is extremely hard to do! This is about stopping slaughter and cruelty before it begins. PLEASE speak up for the animals. Here's how you can help!
1. Join my mailing list (see the sidebar), check the box Oakland Backyard Slaughter to stay notified about this particular issue, ESPECIALLY IF YOU LIVE IN THE SF BAY AREA. We will NEED you to show up for the next meeting this proposal goes to, most likely on October 14th.
2. Listen to the audio message below to get some background about this issue.
3. Write a letter to your Oakland City Council member TODAY. Find out who they are and how to contact them here. (NOTE: If you don't live in Oakland, you can still write letters to city officials expressing your concerns.)
4. Write a letter to the Oakland Tribune or the San Francisco Chronicle. Express the concerns listed above. Be articulate and respectful. We want the public to understand what we're asking for: Animals Are Not Plants. That's clear and not controversial.
If this passes, it will have negative impacts on thousands of animals for decades to come. We need everyone in Oakland to get involved to encourage officials to do the right thing for the human and non-human animals of Oakland.