I voted, but I never paid much attention as to how those I voted for stood on animal issues.
While the choice for our next U.S. Secretary of Agriculture lies in the hands of president-elect Barack Obama and not in the polls, we at least have the opportunity to "campaign" for whom we think is best suited for the job.
By way of Obama's website, Change.gov , we have the opportunity to urge the appointment of the only logical choice for our next U.S. Secretary of Agriculture, Charles Stenholm.
When I say Stenholm is the obvious choice, it isn't solely because his appointment is being opposed by the wealthy animal rights group, The Humane Society of The United States. (Heads up, America: When The H$U$ opposes someone, you can bet that person is someone on OUR side and therefore, FOR animals!) There are many reasons Charles Stenholm is the man for the job, including:
- Charles Stenholm is FOR animal welfare and strongly OPPOSES animal rights
- Charles Stenholm served on the House Agriculture Committee
- Charles Stenholm OPPOSED the U.S. Horse Slaughter Bill (another "well intentioned" law that has left thousands of horse owners with no humane way of disposing of elderly horses or horses they can no longer afford to care for)
- Charles Stenholm was a farmer and rancher in Texas
Charles Stenholm is a man who "gets it" and isn't afraid to stand up and put the mighty H$U$ in their place, as evidenced by his testimony given before the House Subcommittee on Livestock, Dairy and Poultry, May 8, 2007 : (excerpted, for his full testimony, click here)
..."While the livestock industry has a long history of supporting animal welfare, many activist groups such as PETA, the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS), and Farm Sanctuary have used falsehoods and scare tactics to push their hidden agendas of fundraising and systematically abolishing all use of animals, including production agriculture, zoos, circuses, and sporting events. These groups campaign for animal “rights,” which is not synonymous with animal welfare, using half-truths or complete deception. "
What can I say, the man "gets it" and is FOR animal welfare! Isn't that what we all want, someone over the USDA that cares for the welfare of animals and realizes their value in American society?
We NEED our next Secretary of Agriculture to stand up to the animal rights bullies. Stenholm can and has done that!
Yep, Charles Stenholm is the ONLY choice for this very important position.
With P.U.P.S looming in the not-so-distant future (and God knows what other AR driven bills), all dog owners (and cow and hog and chicken farmers) MUST urge president-elect Obama to appoint Charles Stenholm for the next U.S. Secretary of Agriculture.
Visit the following website for more info on Stenholm: Ontheissues.org