@Paddy - dude, if you think Vegans won't use this Bill as a springboard in order to try and ultimately shut down meat production, you're one very naive person.
What I'm not naive about is their chances of getting government’s to ban the exploitation of animals, including pig valves for heart surgery.
Vegans, unlike JW's, know governments won't unite together to ban things such as animal suffering or religion. Vegan use a different approach. They try and persuade people individually from consuming animal produce, based upon ethical concerns. It works on some but not on most. Most people, although concerned about animal suffering, are won over by the fact that they just taste so damn good.
Where I support vegans and other animal rights activists is in their attempts to highlight the cruel processes animals are subjected to before they are eventually killed.
You kind of expect underdeveloped countries such as the states to have poor regulations in slaughter houses, but when the land of hope and glory is found wanting, something needs to be done.
This video contains scenes of pigs, sheep and cows literally being tortured and beaten to death. I don't even blame the people doing the torturing as they have become so desensitised to the pain of the animals. Humans need protecting from the darker side of their nature. If vegans can help in some way, then well and good.