Over the years, I've encountered quite a few animal advocates who don't see the point of getting politically active. So few politicians are vegetarian, let alone vegan. How pro-animal can they be?
The problem is that those who exploit animals are politically active, and as bad as things are for animals, they could be worse. In Wisconsin, a Hunters Rights Coalition has been successful at increasing hunting opportunities, which leads to more wildlife being killed.
So what can we do? When you hear about animal-related legislation, act on it. Participate in grassroots lobbying by writing letters, testifying at hearings, and spreading the word to fellow activists.
For example, hunters are trying to pass the Sportsmen's Act of 2012, S.3525, in the Senate. According to The Humane Society of the US, the bill would "(1) Indulge a small group of wealthy trophy hunters who want to import polar bear trophies from Canada in defiance of current law; and (2) strip the Environmental Protection Agency of its ability to protect wildlife and people from lead poisoning through regulating toxic ammunition exposure."† (If that sounds familiar, the bill is similar to the Sportsmen's Heritage Act of 2012.) A vote is expected any day now, so the fastest way to reach your senator is by phone. You can look up your senators and their phone numbers on the official Senate website.
Chances are, you won't reach your senator directly. You'll get an aide or receptionist who will just make a note of your position. When you call, all you need to say is that you want them to oppose S.3525 because it threatens polar bears and all wildlife. Make the phone call first because time is short, then follow up with a message using HSUS's webform.
H/T to Sue Hodges of the Bear Interest Group of Wisconsin. For up to date information on the wolf hunt, please visit WIWildlifeEthic.org.
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