Humane Treatment of Animals
“The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated.”
When I was in middle school, my mom decided it was time to have a pet. One day she came home with four-year-old Tasha, a Poodle-Maltese mix, she rescued from an elderly woman who couldn’t take care of her anymore. A year later, we went to the Nevada ASPCA and took home an eight-month-old cocker spaniel. He was named Peanuts, but we renamed him Winston, after Winston Churchill, because he was so persistent when he tried to get though the doggy-door with a cone around his head. Winston became my pet; he was a great comfort to me as I dealt with the trials and tribulations of middle and high school and beyond.
In America, 68% of us share our homes with beloved pets. In addition, 7.3 million Americans identify as vegetarians. The welfare of animals is vitally important, and yet there exists extensive exploitation and cruelty. Abuse, such as that found in the misery of puppy mills, the brutality towards animals in research labs, the harsh treatment of racing horses and greyhounds, the horrific treatment of animals in slaughterhouses, trophy hunting and the hunting of endangered species, animal fights resulting in injury or death for human entertainment, and many other instances by which America can be judged neither great nor moral.
The role of government in America is to protect ALL who reside in this country. As a member of Congress, I will create and support legislation to make sure that all animals, both domesticated and in the wild, are protected from harm and allowed to live their lives with dignity.