Valley Gen Council voted to support the Humanitarian Art Ordinance and forwarded
it on to the Los Angeles City Council
Greater Valley Gen Council voted to support the Humanitarian Art Ordinance and forwarded it on to the Los Angeles City Council
200 N. Spring Street
Dear Honorable Councilmember,
The Greater Valley Glen Council encourages you to create a
Humanitarian Art Ordinance for the city of
The San Francisco Art Institute recently planned to display the short film called "Don't Trust Me" by an artist named Adel Abdessemed, which depicted horses and other animals being bludgeoned to death; protests and negative press forced them to cancel the exhibit. Abdessemed's ensuing film titled "Usine" was featured in May 2009 at a New York exhibit. In this film, the artist traps animals in a pen, including pit bulls and roosters, and causes them to rip each other apart.
A Costa Rican artist starved a dog to death as “art;”
the animal was tied up at the exhibit and left for weeks with no food or water
until he perished. A recent art
We are opposed to this disturbing trend in the art world
and hope you will make it clear that
This is the sample ordinance for the city of Los Angeles:
Humanitarian Art Ordinance makes the commission of animal abuse for the purposes
of creating media or an exhibit illegal and punishable as a misdemeanor or
felony and says The City will not Commission such Exhibits.
approving the “Humanitarian Art” Ordinance would make the commission of the
crime of Animal Abuse for the purposes of creating media or a display in the
City of Los Angeles
illegal and punishable as a misdemeanor or felony, and the City will not
Commission such Exhibits.
WHEREAS, The City of Los Angeles recognizes and approves of the American Humane Association’s “Guidelines for the Safe Use of Animals in Filmed Media” wherein the basic principles declare that: · Animals are not props! · No animal will be killed or injured for the sake of a film production and American Humane Association will not allow any animal to be treated inhumanely to elicit a performance; and
WHEREAS, The City of Los Angeles
holds that the production of media that the director or the producer of the
media is the direct cause of animal abuse to be captured on media supports an
unacceptable industry of animal abuse; and,
WHEREAS, “Animal Abuse” includes the violation of Los Angles Ordinances, State, Federal and international laws pertaining to animal abuse, the interest of animal welfare and animal cruelty laws specifically framed for the prevention of inhumane treatment of animals, including, but not limited to California Penal Code Sections 596, 596.5, 596.7, 597, 597.1, 597.3, 597a through x, 598, 598 a through d, 599 et al, 600, 623, 374d, 384h, 399, 399.5 and Federal laws 7 USC § 1901 – 1907, and 7 U.S.C. § 2131 et seq; and,
WHEREAS, “Caused or created or contributed to” shall mean that the defendant was responsible for causing the animal to be abused as defined above. A person is responsible for creating or causing the abuse of the animal if the animal would not have been abused in the way that the animal was captured on film “but for” the actions, production and direction of the defendant; and.
WHEREAS, “Exhibit” shall mean a display, presentation, show, film, media and/or screening of Animal Abuse; and.
nothing in this chapter shall prohibit any person from capturing the Animal
Abuse when the individual is not the cause of the death of animals and are not
responsible for aiding or abetting in the crime of animal abuse that occurred;
WHEREAS, there is a government interest in protecting animals from unnecessary cruelty and not funding or commissioning animal cruelty to occur; and,
WHEREAS, the City of
RESOLVED, That this Humane Art
Ordinance will make the commission of the crime of Animal Abuse for the purposes
of creating media to now be illegal, punishable as a misdemeanor or felony; and,
FURTHER RESOLVED, That the City of
FURTHER RESOLVED, That the ordinance would be drafted as a two pronged test for the actual director. The necessary elements of the crime are (a) Animal Abuse as defined under Los Angeles local ordinances, state, federal or international law must have taken place, (b) The defendant would have caused or created or contributed to the crime of Animal Abuse to take place for the purposes of his or her creation of the media or exhibit.
Thank you. If you have any questions, I can be reached at (818) 346-5280.
Chair – Government Relations
Greater Valley Glen Council
*Ordinance language authored by Christine Garcia (SF area).