AR-News: Antifreeze Action Alert

Political Animal politicalanimal13 at yahoo.com
Wed Jun 23 11:21:34 EDT 2004


I am forwarding this on behalf of Animal Protection of
New Mexico.
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Special Interests Try to Defeat Antifreeze Safety 

Animal Protection Voters in New Mexico was contacted
by Mayor Martin Chavez of Albuquerque to ask for help
from all animal lovers in the country as he works to
protect animals and children from antifreeze poisoning
by requiring manufacturers to add a bitter tasting
substance to the product. 

Mayor Martin Chavez will be introducing an antifreeze
resolution that will be heard at the US Conference of
Mayors when they meet on June 25th in Boston - a copy
of the resolution is at the end of this alert.  The
Mayor is encouraging all animal lovers across the
country to contact their Mayors, and ask that they
support this important resolution.   

This support is crucial, as the antifreeze lobby is
already gearing up to defeat this important
resolution!  Please contact your Mayor today, and
forward this notice to all others who are interested
in protecting animals and children from unnecessary
poisoning. 

Additionally, the resolution will first be heard in
the Children, Health and Human Services Standing
Committee, so please contact the following Mayors and
ask them to pass it out of the Committee so your Mayor
has a chance to vote on this important resolution. 
The Committee members are: 

1. Irma Anderson, Chair, Richmond, California,
510-620-6503 
2. John DeStefano, Jr., Vice Chair, New Haven,
Connecticut, 203-946-8200 
3. Robert Bowser, East Orange, New Jersey,
973-266-5153 
4. Mark Egerman, Beverly Hills, California,
310-285-1000 
5. Paul Fraim, Norfolk, Virginia, 757-664-4679 
6. James Gerner, Hempstead, New York, 516-489-5000 
7. Dr. James Holley, III, Portsmouth, Virginia,
757-465-1999 
8. James Humphrey, Fort Myers, Florida, 239-332-6600 
9. Michael Hurt, DeSoto, Texas, 972-230-1361 
10. Danny Jones, Charleston, West Virginia,
304-348-8174 
11. Randy Kelly, St. Paul, Minnesota, 651-266-8510 
12. Ray Moss, Kannapolis, North Carolina, 704-920-4317

13. J. Scott Padgett, Concord, North Carolina,
704-920-5215 
14. Joe Schreiber, Tamarac, Florida, 954-724-1220 

For more information on antifreeze poisoning and how
adding a bittering agent can help, please visit
www.apvnm.org. 

ANTIFREEZE SAFETY MEASURE INTRODUCED BY MAYOR MARTIN
J. CHAVEZ OF ALBUQUERQUE, NEW MEXICO 

WHEREAS, most antifreeze contains ethylene glycol, an
extremely toxic yet sweet tasting substance that
causes injury to thousands of children and kills
thousands of animals every year in the United States;
and 

WHEREAS, the National Safety Council, the American
Medical Association and the American Association of
Poison Control Centers have noted that the addition of
nontoxic bittering agents can make antifreeze so
unpalatable that children and animals will reject the
products upon tasting them, thus preventing injury or
death; and   

WHEREAS, organizations such as the Consumer’s Union,
the Children’s Defense Fund, the American Veterinary
Medical Association, the Humane Society of the United
States, the American Humane Association, the Doris Day
Animal League, the Society for Animal Protective
Legislation, the World Wildlife Fund, the American
Kennel Club and the Pet Food Institute support the
health and safety of children and animals and favor
the passage of legislation that requires a bittering
agent to be added to antifreeze; and  

WHEREAS, the cost to add the most common bittering
agent, denatonium benzoate, to antifreeze is
approximately 2 to 3 cents per gallon, and by law,
antifreeze manufacturers in Oregon and California
already must include this bittering agent; and 

WHEREAS, the United States Conference of Mayors
supports the health and safety of children and
animals, and 

WHEREAS, Congress has introduced legislation in the
House to require the inclusion of denatonium benzoate
at a minimum of 30 parts per million as a bittering
agent to any engine coolant or antifreeze that
contains more than 10 percent ethylene glycol; 

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that the United States
Conference of Mayors hereby urges Congress to help
cities protect children and animals by enacting
legislation to require denatonium benzoate as an
additive to antifreeze that contains ethylene glycol
and; 

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED the United States Conference of
Mayors hereby urges the Administration to advance this
legislation this year to help avoid further harm to
children and animals.    



		
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