I believe that all sentient beings have the same rights to life and to be on this Earth. But many animal activists seem to hold the view that some lives are worth more than others.
There were precious few animal activists condemning Bernie Sanders for his support of hunting and animal agriculture.
And few animal activists are condemning Hillary for her support of hunting, that Bill hunts, or that she also supports animal agriculture.
But when it comes to Donald Trump, there is a deafening outcry about Trump’s sons hunting and his support of them.
One would presume that of all people, animal activists would find all animal murder to be reprehensible. That some are selective in their outrage suggests that they are either being hypocritical or are serving an agenda other than the animals.
There are many reasons to oppose Donald Trump, but very few to support Hillary Clinton. And for those supporting Hillary, the interests of animals cannot possibly be one of them.
Animal activists who support Hillary are constantly pointing to her HSUS score while a US Senator as proof of Hillary’s being a friend to animals. To get an accurate reading on Hillary and her concern for animals, they need to look instead at what she has done since leaving the Senate and what she is advocating now, It is hardly a stellar record of caring about animals, and is very discouraging if animals are your priority, or even a concern.
Hillary’s animal positions in the Senate were mere puffery and posturing. After leaving the Senate, she became the second most powerful person on the planet. Secretary of State of the United States of America.
What did she do for animals with all that power and influence? Absolutely nothing.
She was certainly capable of extorting money from foreign governments for the Clinton Foundation, but unable to secure anything for the animals from those same governments. Why?
Could it have anything to do with the fact that animals are not a priority for Hillary Clinton? That they are not even on her radar when she is not campaigning? That personal aggrandizement, wealth, and power are her concerns?
Imagine what she could have done in her position for animals around the world. Imagine how she could have raised public awareness, Promoted animal campaigns, forged alliances with activists and governments, commanded national and worldwide attention to whaling, sealing, bullfighting, trophy hunting, poaching, the slaughter of endangered species for trinkets, trophies, and voodoo medicines.
Did she do any of that? No.
Did she use her influence to change the Obama administration’s horrid record on animals? No.
Did she seek to end wild horse roundups or ban live horse export for slaughter. Did she use her weight to stop Japanese whaling, Canadian sealing, the dolphin murders in Tajii or the whale killers in the Faroe Islands? No.
Did she set up interdiction of wildlife trafficking or poaching? Propose sanctions on countries which import ivory and rhino horn? No.
Did she ever do anything for animals during her entire tenure as Secretary of State? Did she ever make a single public statement condemning any atrocity against animals that occurs daily around the world? No, she did not.
Now she is supporting our trade agreements which cause the deaths of hundreds of millions of animal each year.
And we are supposed to be impressed because she got some meaningless score while pandering for animal people’s votes a decade ago? That she has a page on her website which spouts meaningless verbiage about her concerns for animals? That she strokes a few animal activists in private meetings?
What we must remember is that she is again running for office and is again pandering to animal people for their votes.
Hillary is one of the animals’ biggest enemies. And nothing she has ever done proves otherwise.
Of course, Donald Trump is no better. He doesn’t care for animals any more than Hillary does.
But trophy hunting is anathema to most people, and Hillary supporters use trophy hunting as major issue to define Donald Trump.
They ignore the fact that Hillary enthusiastically backs hunting and her husband regularly murders animals.
Which strongly suggests that Hillary supporters really do not care all that much about animals, and that animals are merely a useful campaign tool to promote Hillary Clinton.
That any animal activists participate in the deception is remarkable.
That they are unaware of what they are doing is doubtful.
That they would betray the animals for some other political agenda is troubling.
That they assert they are supporting Hillary because of animals is absurd.
Most animal activists are politically progressive, and many are swept up in the euphoria of the prospect of electing the first woman as president. For those with such an agenda, the fact that Hillary Clinton is perhaps one of the greatest enemies that animals have is unimportant.
Clinton’s support of trade agreements causes the suffering and deaths of hundreds of millions of animals each year, yet she manages to pay lip service to animal welfare concerns on her website and thereby silences many activists who do not take the time to carefully look at the policies or her record.
Trade agreements kill animals. Hundreds of millions of animals every year die specifically because of our trade agreements, which make it cheaper and more profitable to produce animal corpses. Using Third World labor, US companies ship animals overseas to be tortured, slaughtered, butchered, and returned to the US for sale in American stores and restaurants. Trade agreements require that nations forbid Country of Origin labeling to prevent consumer boycotts. The Obama administration has already enacted such a ban on labeling. Trade agreements override US labor, environmental, and anti-cruelty laws. They make it impossible to ban live export for slaughter of for animal sacrifice in the Middle East, dooming hundreds of thousands of sheep, lambs, goats, and calves to imprisonment in ships’ holds for weeks before being cruelly murdered by religious zealots.
Trump opposes trade agreements. Hillary Clinton supports them.
And Trump has promised to repudiate and abrogate every trade agreement to which the US is a party.
If Trump does what he has promised, it will mean tens of millions, if not hundreds of millions, of animals saved every year. And as president he will have the constitutional authority to do so unilaterally.
It will be the most sweeping blow for animals in history.
And it will be accomplished by someone who does not really care about animals.
Electing Trump should be the primary goal of every American animal activist. It is more important than anything the animal movement has ever done.
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