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'Bark' Obama for President?

This week, the Humane Society Legislative Fund endorsed Senator Barak Obama for president. This was the first presidential endorsement in the Fund's history, and a choice, Mike Markarian, HSLF president, said Democrat and Republican members did not take lightly.

I appreciate how the endorsement breaks down the candidates' records on animal protection.

Markarian describes Obama as “a solid supporter of animal protection," citing support for at least a dozen animal protection laws, including those to strengthen the penalties for animal cruelty and promote spaying and neutering at the state-level and support for efforts to combat animal fighting and increase funding for enforcing the Animal Welfare Act.

The endorsement calls Democratic vice-presidential candidate Senator Joe Biden “a stalwart friend of animal welfare," who receives high marks year after year on the Humane Scorecard. Among his leadership accomplishments are co-authoring legislation to ban the netting of dolphins by commercial tuna fishermen and as lead author on a bill prohibiting trophy hunting of captive exotic mammals.

While the Fund described Republican presidential candidate Senator John McCain as "lukewarm" on animal protection, they had heated words for his running-mate Alaska Governor Sarah Palin.

Gov. Sarah Palin's (R-Alaska) retrograde policies on animal welfare and conservation have led to an all-out war on Alaska's wolves and other creatures. Her record is so extreme that she has perhaps done more harm to animals than any other current governor in the United States.

Read the complete presidential endorsement or congressional endorsements for your area.

Lisa Wogan

p.s. While we're on the topic, check out the White House-dog house Ellen DeGeneres had made for Michelle Obama at the end of this YouTube clip.

September 25, 2008 in Current Affairs, Humane, Legislation | Permalink

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