Animals In Print
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From 3 November 2000 Issue:
HUMANE USA ENDORSES GORE-LIEBERMAN
Humane USA, the nonpartisan political arm of the animal protection movement, today endorses Vice President Al Gore for President and Senator Joseph Lieberman for Vice President and urges animal protection advocates to support them.
Humane USA endorses candidates based on a single criterion: their stands on animal protection issues. The organization is entirely nonpartisan and it is not directly affiliated with any single animal protection organization.
Humane USA has endorsed dozens of Democrats and dozens of Republicans in races for Congress (www.humaneusa.org).
In October 2000, Humane USA received a "statement of principle and policy" from the Gore-Lieberman campaign on animal issues. Here are policy positions it sets out, with excerpts of the letter in quotes:
- Gore opposes commercial whaling and the trade in ivory. "The Administration successfully opposed a proposal by the southern African countries to allow the sale of current ivory stock at the April 2000 meeting of the Convention on the International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES), as well as efforts by Norway and Japan to resume commercial whaling."
- Gore will promote alternatives to animal tests and work to validate non-animal tests. "Al Gore will appoint an Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator who will end the use of animal test subjects where alternative, non-animal test methods are feasible."
- Gore opposes the use of steel-jawed leghold traps. "As President, Al Gore will continue to oppose the use of these inhumane devices."
- Gore opposes any trade in bear gall bladders or other viscera and supports federal legislation to ban any interstate trade or import or export of bear parts.
- Gore supports federal legislation to bar any interstate shipment of animals for fighting purposes.
- Gore supports increased funding for enforcement of the Animal Welfare Act. "The Administration's FY 2001 Budget proposes $16 million for AWA activities, an increase of $5 million above the current FY 2000 estimate."
In the 106th Congress, Senator Lieberman had a 100 percent rating on The Humane Scorecard from The Humane Society of the United States and The Fund for Animals. He voted to ban the use of steel-jawed leghold traps on National Wildlife Refuges for commerce or recreation and voted to limit funding for an international program that encourages foreign tuna fleets to surround dolphins with deadly nets as a means of catching tuna. He also cosponsored legislation to combat cockfighting (S. 345) and the bear parts trade (S. 1109). He has led efforts to combat whaling by Japan and Norway.
The full text of the Gore-Lieberman statement on animals can be found on www.humaneusa.org.
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