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7 Aug 2004

John Kerry's "WAR" Record
 on Animal Welfare and Environmental Issues

With the election less than three month's away it should serve as a reminder that there is a very HUGE difference in the two candidates running for the highest office. Obviously no one would suggest that one vote based simply on what a candidates position is on environmental issues and with protecting and enforcing the Animal Welfare laws. John Kerry has been a strong advocate and supporter of pro-animal legislation throughout his political career. He has regularly scored high ratings on The Humane Scorecard published by The Humane Society of the United States and The Fund for Animals, most recently scoring 100+ during the 108th Congress.

Sen. Kerry was the co-author with former Sen. Bob Smith (R-NH) of the successful effort to halt an annual $2 million subsidy for the mink industry—terminating a taxpayer give-away to the corporate mink industry. Kerry and Smith shepherded this amendment through the Senate during debate on the Fiscal Year 1995 Agriculture Appropriations Act, and they have repelled subsequent efforts by legislators aligned with the mink industry to revive the taxpayer boondoggle.

Kerry has a notable record of cosponsoring animal friendly legislation, including support of measures to combat cockfighting, bear baiting, canned hunts, puppy mills, the bear parts trade, the exotic pet trade, steel-jawed leghold traps, and the abuse of “downed” livestock.

Kerry has also exerted leadership in securing important funds for animal protection. In recent years, he and Senator Rick Santorum (R-PA) co-authored letters sent to the leaders of the Senate Subcommittee on Agriculture Appropriations to increase funding for existing animal protection laws, including the Animal Welfare Act and the Humane Slaughter Act.

Thanks in part to Kerry's leadership and his collaboration with the powerful senior member of the Appropriations Committee, Robert C. Byrd—the Congress has provided more than $26 million in new funds for animal protection programs in recent years. Senator Rick Santorum (R-PA) plans to introduce a modified version of his Puppy Protection Act in the near future. The new version of the PPA will be virtually identical to the original, except that it will not require setting “socialization standards” for puppies. The principal Senate co-sponsor of the PPA is expected to be Sen. Richard Durbin (D-IL).

Legislation is also expected to be introduced in the House of Representatives by Rep. Ed Whitfield (R-KY) and Rep. Sam Farr (D-CA). The PPA is once again being promoted by the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS). The PPA would amend the federal Animal Welfare Act (AWA) to require the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) to regulate the breeding practices of dog breeders covered by the Act, including the frequency and age at which bitches are bred. It would also require the USDA to adopt a punitive “three-strikes-and-you’re-out” enforcement policy revoking the license to breed and sell dogs of persons who commit three violations of the USDA’s regulations over an eight year period. Should Senator's Santorum and Durbin be successful in passing a 2005 version of the Puppy Protection Act it certainly stands to reason having John Kerry in the oval office to sign the bill into law will be a positive step towards adding some much needed firepower to the war on puppy mills.

 Here is a brief highlight of Kerry's Record on Animal Welfare & Environmental Issues From Humane Scorecard (HSUS and Fund for Animals):

**Co-sponsored Bill S.736 --making Animal Fighting a felony

**Co-sponsored S.1298 --Bill re. humane euthanasia of downers, and banning human consumption of them

**Voted for amendment to prevent consideration of drilling in ANWAR

**Voted for requiring DOD to protect endangered species (amendment to S.1050)

**Voted for increased funds to USDA to improve enforcement of federal animal fighting law ---He received a score of 100% from HSUS/Fund for Animals for his votes on animal protection legislation. From League of Conservation Voters: Kerry voted pro-environment on the following:

**Climate-Stewardship Act (S.139) - to reduce global warming

**Voted against Arctic drilling and against off-shore drilling

**Voted for Superfund Tax (to clean toxic sites) and a Renewable Fuel Liability waiver

**Voted for Amendment to hold off on changes to new source review regulations (allowing more pollution) to evaluate impact on environment, etc.

**Voted against giving addition subsidies to nuclear industry, and

**Voted pro-environment on damaging water development project at Devils Lake, ND, etc. Historically, the Democratic Party has always included protecting habitats and wildlife as key issues in their platform. Compared to the current Bush Administration assault on our environment lead by the many key lobbyist who have been taken it upon themselves to virtually dismantle just about every aspect of the environment including eliminating standards for the quality of the air we breathe, water we drink and use for recreation, elimination of our wetlands, failed to protect our national forests, reduced the regulations of mountain top mining, and have turned their back on the thousands of puppy mills who continue to exploit the farming of companion pets. Please remember to exercise your RIGHT to vote in the November election. Only WE can make a difference and the animals are counting on us to make the right choice.

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