But are they really better off?
A quick, objective, look at Barack Obama proves that animals could not be treated worse.
The cruel wild horse roundups, the killing of wolves and coyotes, the murders of bison, the torture and murder of animals by the National Institutes of Health, the killing of animals by the military, etc, all belie the popular myth that Democrats are more animal friendly than are Republicans.
As to animals, Republicans are as morally bankrupt as are Democrats. Their support of guns and hunting make them animals’ enemies, nevermind their support for Big Ag, Big Pharma, and their reverence for profits and private property, the justification for almost all the animal cruelty in the world.
For those laboring under the mistaken belief that a Democrat as president would be better for the animals than would be a Republican, this election cycle provides ample proof that the Democratic candidate is, in fact, far worse for the animals.
The animal movement has never had the possibility of accomplishing so much as it has with prospect of a Trump presidency.
Most animal activists who criticize Trump point to Trump’s serial killer sons who hunt big game and post horrific pics of themselves with poor creatures they have murdered for fun. And while Trump himself does not hunt, like Bernie Sanders, he condones and supports hunting.
Trump also owned a steak company and buys his wife furs.
At first glance, Trump seems an unlikely ally for animal activists, and an even more unlikely savior of animals.
Most animal activists are shocked when I explain that Trump will save more animals each year than has the entire worldwide animal movement over the past 50 years.
A generous estimate of the average number of animals saved by the animal movement is about one million per year, primarily cats and dogs. That equals 50 million over the last 50 years.
(A disheartening aside, that is about the number of animals that will be murdered in slaughterhouses during the next work shift.)
And it is about half the number that President Trump will save each year by abrogating our trade agreements with Mexico, Canada, Colombia, China, Korea, Vietnam, Peru, etc.
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. Moreover, as president he will have the constitutional power to repudiate any treaty he wishes to, including trade agreements.
If Trump does what he has promised, it will mean tens of millions, if not hundreds of millions, of animals saved every year.
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.
If animals are you priority, you have no choice but to vote for Donald Trump. But if you are like most people, you have priorities that are more important to you than the animals.
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.
The revolving door between industry and government is common to both Republican and Democratic administrations. Bankers are appointed to Treasury, Big Oil lobbyists go to Energy and Transportation, Big Ag alums and executives get appointed to Interior and Agriculture, Big Pharma controls the FDA and the National Institutes of Health, the military industrial complex gets Defense and Homeland Security. All greased by political bribes and legally sanctioned corruption.
Usually, the appointment of Secretaries of Agriculture and Interior occur well beneath the radar, and are neither challenged nor closely examined by the media.
But the policies of those Secretaries affects millions of animals. Agriculture is responsible for all animal agriculture and production in the country. All feedlots, factory farms, slaughterhouses, packing plants, and the rules and regulations that govern them and the inspectors and inspections which enforce those rules and regs, and Wildlife Services, which kills millions of inconvenient wildlife for the cattle industry..
Interior controls the Bureau of Land Management which conducts the cruel, ongoing wild horse roundups.
Both Departments are invariably headed and staffed by industry alums,lobbyists, and politicians wholly owned by Big Ag.
But this election cycle, if Trump becomes President Trump, his animal murdering sons may be appointed to positions in the Trump administration. Both Eric and Donald Trump, Jr, have expressed interest in being involved in public land policy and land use.
If there were to be appointed to anything involving Interior or Agriculture, the animal movement should rejoice.
Never in American history has animal welfare, animal protection, or animal rights ever been on the national stage. Eric and Donald, Jr, would catapult animal issues to the forefront of national attention and debate.
Neither could possibly be any worse than all the mainstream animal murderers who have held those positions. But their track records as trophy hunters would make any appointment among the most controversial of Trump’s presidency, and would not only educate the public and grow the movement, it would turn animal issues into political capital and liabilities in future elections.
The litmus tests I employ for every election is which candidate will do the most for animals or which will cause animals the least suffering. Even Bernie supported hunting and dairy farms, so even the best candidate in the race was greatly flawed. Of Trump and Hillary, Trump has said he will repudiate our trade agreements. Were he to do so, HUNDREDS of MILLIONS of animals would not be slaughtered each year. Think of that number! Every year Trump would save easily twice the number of animals as has been saved by the entire worldwide animal movement over the past 50 years.
Whatever Trump’s faults, he would be the animals’ savior.
Unlike the Democrats and Republicans, the Green party advocates for animals. Animal protection is in their platform. While I urge animal activists to support Trump, I only do so in swing states, of which there are actually only 6. And Jill isn’t even on the ballot in one of them (Nevada). In all the other 44 states and in the District of Columbia, I urge animal people to vote for Jill Stein of the Greens.
I live in California, and will be voting Green. Unfortunately, Jill Stein has not a prayer of winning. The system makes it impossible fo a third party to win the presidency. Unless Jill were to win 270 electoral votes (a majority) the race will be thrown into the House, where each state delegation has one vote. The Greens do not have a single Member of Congress, much less a plurality of state delegations.
Growing the Greens is critical to providing animals a voice in the national discussion and to force the major parties to address animal issues. But the most important role for the Greens is to shape the debate at the local level. For the Greens, or any third party, to grow into national significance, it is imperative that it build a foundation of local elected officials.
If you live in Nevada, Colorado, Ohio, New Hampshire, North Carolina, or Florida, vote Trump. Everywhere else, vote Jill Stein!
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