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Conservatism and animal welfare go hand-in-paw

John Connor Cleveland: ‘I’ve long known animal welfare is consistent with conservatism. The small group from The HSUS attending CPAC with me — Republicans, all, never shrinking from the idea of our collective duty towards animals — believe the same. And though we, like many, were perhaps a bit confounded by the strange, new Republican coalition that stormed Washington in late January, so too were attendees confused how anyone could be opposed to protecting animals from cruelty… The truth is — The HSUS is no stranger to highly-charged political battles. We regularly face strong opposition from entrenched industries that profit off the backs of animal abuse. In November, we won two hard-fought ballot measure victories — in Massachusetts and Oklahoma — despite strong opposition from factory farming interests that opposed our efforts…

Still, there comes a point when we as conservatives must recognize the limits of states’ rights, and surely that line must be drawn when local actions cause harm to the national interest. Alaska legislators’ recent attempt to allow egregious predator control practices — the aerial hunting of grizzly bears, the baiting and indiscriminate trapping of animals and the killing of wolf mothers and pups in dens — on taxpayer-owned lands is exactly the kind of overreach that should temper federalist inclinations and set off moral alarms among Americans of all political leanings’. SOURCE…

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