Kudos to Hillary Clinton for launching an official page on Protecting Animals and Wildlife. It’s short on specifics (the very thing Clintonistas like to rap Sanders for), and the free trade policies she’s enamored of directly undermine environmentalism and animal welfare in many ways, including:
- supporting fracking
- allowing imports of unsustainably produced meat (e.g., from burned rainforests), and
- allowing U.S. agribusinesses to set up slaughterhouses and meatpacking plants in countries with weak or no animal welfare (and labor protection) laws.
Still, it’s a welcome development – and she hits many good notes, including protection for farmed animals and ending horse slaughter.
Sanders had a pro-animal page much earlier – although not on his official campaign site.
Huge kudos to my fellow animal activists for their decades of hard work that has brought, and is continuing to bring, animal issues more and more into the mainstream. Because animal welfare = human welfare = eco welfare, we all benefit.