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Wed Feb 17, 2016, 04:05 PM

Bernie & Animal Issues

Bernie Sanders (DEM): Senator Sanders has the most extensive record of any of the candidates. I was able to obtain his HSLF rating for 11 years. His average rating is 97 out of 100, and there were multiple years he scored 100 and twice when he scored 100+. The only time I can find a vote that can be deemed not to be in an animalís best interest, is a vote Senator Sanders made to support hunting in the National Parks. As I stated above, Senator Sanders has devoted an entire page on his website to his stand on animal welfare issues.

How a candidate stands on animal welfare issues cannot be the sole measure of who to vote for, but it does allow us a glimpse into what is personally important to each candidate. It is one piece in the puzzle of who should be the next Commander in Chief.

Some day in the future, a candidate might take the unlikely stance that animals should be granted sentient- being status (as opposed to property). The European Union took just that step this past year. Unfortunately, I think we are a few years away from anything that radical here in the US. I wonít be holding my breath.


Hillary's is very good (HSLF avg of 92 vs. Bernie at 97), and Kasich is the best of the repugs.

Here's the story in Bark Post: http://barkpost.com/good/presidential-candidates-animal-issues/
Bernie's senate page with animal achievements: http://www.sanders.senate.gov/legislation/animal-rights


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TBF Feb 2016 OP
DebbieCDC Feb 2016 #1
dana_b Feb 2016 #2
TBF Feb 2016 #3
dana_b Feb 2016 #4
Dretownblues Feb 2016 #5
HerbChestnut Feb 2016 #6
TBF Feb 2016 #7
swilton Feb 2016 #8
TBF Feb 2016 #9
swilton Feb 2016 #10
TBF Feb 2016 #11

Response to TBF (Original post)

Wed Feb 17, 2016, 04:06 PM

1. Bravo

Another reason to support him

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Response to TBF (Original post)

Wed Feb 17, 2016, 04:09 PM

2. this is actually fairly important to me

I realize that some think it's not near as important as economics, climate change, etc., but it's one of MY issues that I'm passionate about.

I'm glad that both candidates have a very good rating here.

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Response to dana_b (Reply #2)

Wed Feb 17, 2016, 04:16 PM

3. I was happy to see that as well -

I think you can tell a lot by how people treat animals.

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Response to TBF (Reply #3)

Wed Feb 17, 2016, 04:24 PM

4. definitely.

Look at the Repubs scores here:

http://scratchingpost.treehouseanimals.org/presidential-candidates-and-animal-welfare/

Gross - just like them.

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Response to dana_b (Reply #2)

Wed Feb 17, 2016, 04:28 PM

5. Ghandi said

The greatness of a nation can be judged by the way its animals are treated.
Unfourtantly there are very few nations that great their animals well.

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Response to TBF (Original post)

Wed Feb 17, 2016, 04:56 PM

6. Didn't know that about him.

 

Great to hear. And I have to say, they knock him for voting to let hunters hunt in National Parks, but that's probably the ecologically friendly thing to do (This coming from a Master's Student studying in the Natural Resources field).

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Response to HerbChestnut (Reply #6)

Wed Feb 17, 2016, 06:16 PM

7. Agreed - I couldn't see myself out hunting

but back home in the midwest the hunters keep the deer population in check and they do eat what they kill. Also from growing up in a rural area I know what a slaughterhouse looks like. If I were going to fault Bernie for a gun vote it would be Brady Bill rather than this.

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Response to TBF (Original post)

Wed Feb 17, 2016, 06:29 PM

8. My three dogs

 

2 pugs + Chihuahua mix with sign 'Dogs for Bernie' are pictured at the bottom of the barkpost article.

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Response to swilton (Reply #8)

Wed Feb 17, 2016, 06:48 PM

9. These pups -



How cool is that

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Response to TBF (Reply #9)

Wed Feb 17, 2016, 07:10 PM

10. Lily, Luke and Gigi up front!

 

all rescues!

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Response to swilton (Reply #10)

Wed Feb 17, 2016, 07:13 PM

11. Aw -

we have 2 rescues

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