Your Vote Counts
Believe it or not, HSUS has an agenda that does not include the best interests of the American pet owner. It's not very happy with American farmers, hunters or fishermen and women either. And yes, HSUS-endorsed PACs (political action committees) are going full-out right now to back their preferred candidates.
Humane USA (directed by an HSUS employee), for example, has contributed $75,000. to support federal candidates so far - with Sen. Robert Byrd and Sen. Rick Santorum receiving the largest portions of those monies. It has also spent quite a bit opposing certain candidates, including Rep. Pombo and Rep. Doolittle in California.
Sad but true: certain American Kennel Club officers and board members have also contributed significantly to the campaign war chest of Sen. Santorum - sponsor of the PAWS bill which is both anti-hunting and anti-breeding.
You can find recommendations for each state's candidates here from the Sportsman's and Animal Owners' Voting Alliance. Interesting reading, IMO.
It's so easy to think our one vote doesn't really count in the grand scheme of things. Yet we know that, in reality, races and games are often won by slight differences, minor moves, one vote at the right time and place.
Be sure to vote this upcoming election - and be sure to think long and hard about who gets that precious vote. The candidates we elect now will be determining our future for many years to come - which in turn affects the world our kids and grandkids will live in.