Considering all the things we hear and read about the presidential candidates, I'm first to admit that it can be very overwhelming to digest it all. I've picked up facts from Animals & Politics, and I wanted to share a few notes about candidates from both the Republican and Democrat parties with you. I'm by no means endorsing (or bashing) any candidates – so I've just selected positive points here. Stay tuned for my new pal, CitizenSugar, who will be joining us very soon . . . and can discuss and bring you up-to-date on the full picture!
- Rudy Giuliani. During his time as NYC's mayor, he promoted and signed a bill to open a shelter in each borough as well as encourage spaying and neutering in efforts to curb the city's pet overpopulation. He's also the first Republican candidate to release a public statement on animal issues, and promising to continue to support education efforts, enforce animal protection laws already on the books, and to advocate for new animal-friendly policies
- John McCain. In addition to cosponsoring bills to stop horse slaughter and to eliminate a $2 million subsidy for the mink industry, as a senator he has been a leader in the effort to stop global warming, and opposes drilling for oil in the animal-filled Arctic National Wildlife Refuge.
- Hillary Rodham Clinton. Senator Clinton has cosponsored legislation to stop the processing of “downer” livestock and to crack down on abusive puppy mills where dogs are treated like production machines and has led efforts to stop the overuse of antibiotics in farm animals, which allow them to be crammed in overcrowded, stressful, unsanitary conditions on factory farms.
- Dennis Kucinich. He's currently a co-sponsor of 14 animal protection measures in the 110th Congress and, in the past, has led efforts to secure more funding for the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s enforcement of the Animal Welfare Act at puppy mills, research laboratories, zoos, circuses, and other facilities. In November, he even hosted an online forum to discuss animal issues.
- Barack Obama. In addition to voting to end the federal funding of horse slaughter in 2005, he's currently a co-sponsor of measures to stop horse slaughter and to upgrade the penalties for dogfighting and cockfighting, both possessing fighting animals and being a spectator at such events.
Facts about some Democratic candidates when you read more.