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The Animals Need You to VOTE

Published 10/08/08
By Nicole G. Paquette, Esq., Senior Vice President

The election is just one month away and the animals need your vote more than ever this time around. Not only are we faced with the possibility of getting an avid hunter as a Vice President who seems not to care at all about animals, but also in several states your compassionate vote is needed on ballot initiatives that affect animals.

I do not know about you, but it frightens me to think that Sarah Palin could be our next Vice President and/or President if something happens to McCain. Don’t laugh but this keeps me up late as I cannot think of a worse nightmare to live for 4 years. We all have the power of the vote and this time around more than ever you need to vote on Election Day (or via absentee ballot).

If we as a humane movement fail to vote — for whatever reason — than we can blame ourselves for the outcome of the election. I have voted in numerous elections over the years and strongly feel that this is the most important election that we have been confronted with in the past 30 years.

As I am sure you all know Born Free USA united with API as a non-profit organization can not endorse any political candidates. I personally wanted you all to know how Barack Obama stands on animal issues so please visit www.fund.org/pdfs/senator-obama-response.pdf. In my opinion he is the best candidate to make change not only in this country but for the animals.

Also, there are two very important ballot initiatives where we need all the animal lovers to come out vote yes on.

  • Prop 2 in California will phase out gestation crates, veal crates, and battery cages. Many animals on industrial farms are confined in small cages or crates and suffer tremendously. The overcrowded conditions on factory farms have also been found to pollute the air, contaminate groundwater and threaten human health. For more information visit www.yesonprop2.com.
  • Prop 3 in Massachusetts will phase out commercial dog racing in the state by 2010. Racing dogs are housed in cages barely large enough for them to stand up or turn around, and in the past five years, more than 700 dogs have been injured on the racetrack. For more information please visit www.protectdogs.org.

So if you live in California or Massachusetts please make sure you support these animal protection measures.

I know for me that I will be voting come Election Day because I want to be part of changing this country for the better. Don’t sit back and wait for change to come ... let your ballot be counted for the animals.

Blogging off,

Nicole

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