We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
In the early 1800s, there were more than 30 million buffalo in North America, ranging in massive herds from Alaska to Mexico. By 1890, only about 500 animals were left. By the early 1900s, there were only about 30 genetically pure animals surviving in isolated areas, such as private ranches and the Yellowstone caldera.
Well, the bison ecological niche was replaced by herds of semi-domestic cattle but sheesh - I thought people were the national mammal.
Buffalo were more widespread than free range cattle. My hometown in north Iowa was named after the Sioux word for buffalo (Titonka, 'big black') because one of the last buffalo kills in the state happened close by in the 1880s.
Either way, kill em all, amirite? God put animals on earth for two reasons: for us to create humane organizations to defend them with and to torture them to death. This is also why God made BBQ sauce and weekends. Not all animals are created equal, which God and the Framers well understood.
Then we have dolts like Cong. Vern Buchanan of Florida, a Republican who, DUH, obviously hasn't gotten the right message - see what I did there? - and thinks he can disagree with GOD.
Stopping animal cruelty should be a bipartisan issue important to all of us. I have a long record of opposing animal abuse:
Introducing the SAFE Act (H.R. 1942), to permanently ban the shipment of horses to slaughterhouses in Mexico and Canada for overseas export to countries like Japan where horse meat is considered a delicacy.
Co-sponsoring the Prevent All Soring Tactics Act (H.R. 3268), to end the practice of deliberately and permanently maiming a horse’s foot, ankle or leg in order to make them perform better at horse shows and competitions.
Co-sponsoring the Humane Cosmetics Act (H.R. 2858), to end the use of painful experimental testing on dogs, rabbits and other animals in the cosmetics industry.
Co-sponsoring the Preventing Animal Cruelty and Torture Act (H.R. 2293), to allow prosecution of individuals involved in the gruesome killing of animals to film and distribute so-called “animal crush videos.”
My leadership on these and other animal welfare issues is why I received the U.S. Humane Society’s Legislator of the Year award. Read the group’s 2015 legislative scorecard.
Cosmetics aren't more important than animals?! LOL! This jerk doesn't understand the God made cows to hang from a back leg and bleed out from the neck for a half a minute like steers. He also doesn't get that God holds stock in Carl's Jr.