OBAMA, McCAIN, HSUS, and PETA
are celebrating or re-staging after the election but questions
remain in the minds of those who watch the Animal Rights
Barbara J. Andrews
| TheDogPress 11|11|08 - There was so much vitriol in the Presidential campaign, The Dog
Press refrained from raising questions that would have been
perceived as partisan. However…
This publication is about dogs and the people who love them.
There was little we could have said that would not been in
support of McCain as regards animal ownership, farming, and food
production in this country. Now the people have voted and our new
leadership has opportunity to turn political rhetoric into a
better economy and a stronger nation.
We will never know how a McCain administration would have
addressed AR issues. We will however, closely watch how the
Obama team deals with the Farm Bill, regulatory agencies, and
legislative actions affecting Animal Rights vs American Rights.
We begin with the most basic observation. It appears Obama has
never owned a warm-blooded pet. Perhaps as a busy college
student, he once had a goldfish.
In defense of not having family pets, Obama said he would get his daughter a dog
and upon winning the election, he made good on that promise. McCain on the other hand, has
a virtual pet “zoo” at his Arizona home and his wife is an
Most American presidents have had dogs,
and with the exception of Bill Clinton, they were long-time
dog owners. The tender affection of Lyndon Johnson for his
Beagles (including the ear-pulling) and the Scottie so
comfortably on George Bush’s arm is part of their Presidential
So let’s look to our President Elect for signs that he will
support the traditional “boy and his dog” family, the heritage
of the few remaining family farms in this country. How will he
deal with our right to breed and
exhibit animals, from show cattle and race horses to birds,
bunnies, and pedigreed cats and dogs?
Not to presume anything in building an Obama profile but we
would be remiss to not consider how he feels about Animal Rights
and what if any effect the hordes of lobbyists and enormous sums
of money represented by HSUS, PETA, DDAL, and “shell”
non-profits will have on his administration.
For example, let me cite a Nov. 08 report by Legislative
authority Charlotte McGowan. Racing Greyhound operations in
Massachusetts have come to an end through “the vast financial
resources of the anti-animal-use HSUS.” McGowan says the
newspaper reported animal rights groups spent $670,000 on TV ads
in Mass. Alone, and in California, HSUS was a major funding
source for the $8 million dollars spent to destroy the egg
producing industry which supplies 6% of the nation’s eggs.
McGowan points out something the dog fancy knows but the average
voter does not: “Animal rights forces have targeted most animal
use in this country.” and she succinctly sums up with
“The aim of HSUS and the other animal rights groups is to end any purposeful
use or breeding of animals.”
So what does McGowan’s exhaustive report have to do with our
President? Only this… “Wayne Pacelle of HSUS has positioned
himself to strongly influence the new President… We have already
seen Barack Obama holding a dog that has been used as a symbol
of the campaign to end commercially bred dogs in ads. Obama is
not an animal owner. He has no agricultural experience and no
animal experience. He has promised his children a dog now that
the election is over. Will he be getting an AKC registered dog
or will Wayne Pacelle find him a mixed breed?”
McGowan’s question frames the concern of informed dog fanciers.
What will happen when the Animal Rights groups seal the deal? Do
not think there was no deal. Groups that can spend millions in
one state on one project such as destroying egg farms or dog
racing have big war chests. Obama raised a previously
inconceivable amount of money so it is only logical to assume
part of an estimated billion-plus came from “animal rights”
groups. Whereas Republican John McCain agreed to public campaign
financing which resulted in a total of $84 million, Obama raised
nearly twice that amount—$150 million—in September
alone. To say
that Obama broke all historical records for any campaign would
be an understatement, one that the news commentators are still
scratching heads over.
So to which legislative agenda groups is he now obligated? Will
he fulfill implied promises or will he ignore them?
Would HSUS throw millions of dollars at just one project in
Calif. and ignore the possibility that an equal amount funneled
into a candidate’s campaign would bring commensurately greater
Be assured, The Dog Press Legislative Editors and researchers
will bring you answers as this not-over-yet story develops.
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