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Two items in the last 24 hours really make you wonder if the Virginia GOP "extreme ticket" of Ken Cuccinelli, E.W. Jackson and Mark Obenshain is also the "pro-puppy-mills/pro-elephant-killing ticket" as well.  

Item #1: check out this story from the Washington Post:

Virginia gubernatorial candidate Ken Cuccinelli II (R) is scheduled to hold an Alexandria fundraiser next week co-hosted by an NRA consultant whose hunting show was canceled last month after he killed an elephant on safari and then compared the hunt’s critics to Hitler.

Cuccinelli’s campaign characterized the NRA consultant’s use of a Hitler comparison as unfortunate but said he would attend the event.

Tony Makris, who is listed as a co-host of the fundraiser for Cuccinelli Monday night at Club XIII in Old Town, came under withering fire in September after his appearance on an NRA-sponsored hunting show called “Under Wild Skies” on NBC’s Sports Network.

Utterly appalling, but sadly par for the course for Ken Cuccinelli and the rest of his "extreme team" ticket, which has been bringing in a parade of right wing nutjobs to Virginia in recent days - Mike Huckabee (who "compare[d] Muslims to 'uncorked animals'"); corrupt Nikki Haley, Ted Cruz, Allen West, Mark Levin, the Duggars, etc, etc., etc. - to try and get the teahadists even MORE excited than they usually are about voting for nutjobs.

Item #2:

National Humane Society Legislative Fund Endorses Mark Herring for Attorney General

Tea Party AG candidate Obenshain’s egregious record on humane treatment of animals exposed

Today, the Mark Herring for Attorney General campaign highlighted an endorsement from the Humane Society Legislative Fund, the nation’s leading political advocacy organization for animal welfare, for his support of legislation in the Virginia General Assembly to advance the humane treatment of animals, while exposing Mark Obenshain’s egregious record on animal welfare.

Mark Herring is the only candidate in Virginia to receive an endorsement by the national Humane Society Legislative Fund. The full announcement by can be found here.

“The Attorney General has an important role to play in enforcing the Commonwealth’s animal protection laws, and sending a message to the General Assembly and the public when gaps in the legal framework need to be addressed,” said Sara Amundson, executive director of the Humane Society Legislative Fund. “We urge Virginia voters who care about animal protection to reject Mark Obenshain’s extreme record, and to support Mark Herring for Attorney General.”

Mark Obenshain’s voting record includes:

*Being one of three Senators to vote against regulating puppy mills
*Voting against a bill to end competitive fox penning, an action so heinous that opponents call it “barbaric"
*Being one of two Senators who voted against increasing penalties for cockfighting
*Voting against requiring veterinarians and shelter employees to notify law enforcement officials if a dog showed signs of being forced into a fight

Humane Dominion, a nonpartisan group that endorsed Republicans and Democrats who advocate for the humane treatment of Virginia’s animals, previously endorsed Herring and noted the clear differences between Herring and Obenshain when it comes to animal welfare.

“Anyone who has a pet or believes that common sense precautions should be taken to keep animals safe should vote for Mark Herring. It’s that simple,” said Laura Donahue, Secretary of the Board with Humane Dominion. “Mark Herring has been a friend of pet owners and Mark Obenshain has a record that is simply indefensible. It really makes you wonder what motivated Mark Obenshain to vote this way so consistently. He may tell voters one thing, but the truth is Mark Obenshain has long record of voting in a way that puts animals, including dogs and other pets, in serious danger.”

Humane Dominion has been holding events with pet owners, animal lovers and proponents of animal welfare across the state to highlight the differences between Herring's and Obenshain's records when it comes to the humane treatment of animals.

“Mark Obenshain’s record on the treatment of animals is dismal and reflects a total lack of concern for their well being,” said Robin Starr, a noted advocate for the humane treatment of animals. “His voting record has been consistent in its opposition to any measure that would save animal lives or reduce their suffering. Time and time again, Obenshain not only voted against reasonable measures to protect animals, such as a bill that would have regulated the abuses of horrific puppy mills, but he also urged other legislators to do so as well. He even voted against the law that made animal fighting a felony in Virginia and helped to defeat the bill to limit fox penning. His record should appall any animal lover. appears that on top of conducting an anti-climate-science "witch hunt", being anti-LGBT bigots, supporting a "personhood" amendment which would ban abortion and many forms of contraception (plus embryonic stem cell research and possibly in vitro fertilization), proposing legislation to criminalize miscarriages (!),  trashing Planned Parenthood and bullying the state health board into forcing women's health clinics to close, and much much more, Ken Cuccinelli (and his running mates) are also the pro-puppy-mills, pro-elephant-killing ticket. In a bit over 3 weeks, it will be time to tell these guys where to take their viciousness and extremism - far, far away from Virginia!
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  •  Here in Missouri, the nations very worst puppy (3+ / 0-)
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    mill state, voters passed a resolution last year which would have shut down many of the worst puppy mills in the state and would have forced the others to treat their animals in a much more humane manner. But before the ink had dried the Missouri legislature wrote wrote new legislation that basically repealed the new law, and our Democratic governor, under pressure from agriculture lobbyists, Farm Bureau and others signed the new, seriously diluted legislation into law.

    Just give me some truth. John Lennon

    by burnt out on Sat Oct 12, 2013 at 05:07:25 AM PDT

  •  Very good capture of Republicans as the Party of (2+ / 0-)
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    mean. They hold mean, tight-fisted policies towards the poor and the elderly and the unemployed. This diary captures that the hardness and meanness of their positions extend beyond humanity into the animal kingdom.

    Republicans have rendered themselves into the Party Without a Heart. The attempt to cover this deficiency with smear campaigns against women, gays, and un-believers can't hide the greed motive behind all their efforts on policy and the budget.

    And the pure meanness of it all still amazes me, it's so contrary to human decency. There is very little compassion in their brand of conservatism.

    Capitalism is the astonishing belief that the nastiest motives of the nastiest men somehow or other work for the best results in the best of all possible worlds. ~ John Maynard Keynes

    by 4Freedom on Sat Oct 12, 2013 at 05:16:49 AM PDT

  •  If Teddy Roosevelt, the founder of the Progressive (1+ / 0-)
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    Party and the guy who began the use of the word "Conservation" in regards to our forests, rivers, and wildlife, were alive today the HSUS would also vilify him. Because he sure as shooting killed plenty of elephants, and took photos. Obenshain might well be a  horrific human being who eats babies for breakfast lunch and dinner, and that NRA guy sure belongs to an org that constantly supports Republicans, but tying politics to hunting does nothing but lose votes.  

    “Conservation… is a positive exercise of skill and insight, not merely a negative exercise of abstinence and caution…” Aldo Leopold

    by ban nock on Sat Oct 12, 2013 at 06:23:48 AM PDT

    •  There's no excuse for shooting elephants (1+ / 0-)
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      in this day and age, when that amazing, intelligent species is being decimated. No. Excuse.

      •  It depends on if you want to save elephants or (1+ / 0-)
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        stop people from hunting them.

        Hunting is conservation.

        Zimbabwe where elephant hunting is legal has had a population that has doubled over the past 3 decades to 88K. It's thought that they might soon have to simply cull, as the populations cause too much damage, regulated, permitted, hunting has been too successful.

        Ask the World Wildlife Fund about elephant hunting, they will say nothing. They don't want to anger donors but they know what works.

        Now choose, elephants or hate of hunters.

        “Conservation… is a positive exercise of skill and insight, not merely a negative exercise of abstinence and caution…” Aldo Leopold

        by ban nock on Sat Oct 12, 2013 at 07:09:01 AM PDT

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    •  Considering the population (0+ / 0-)

      of the US in 1901 was only ~78 million and the population of elephants in the world was presumably much higher at that time than now, your argument is what most would think a false equivalency.

      Those hunters like you who hunt for food are in a total different class than those who can easily afford the trophy hunting of exotic species. I would imagine the cost of this guy's rifle is in excess of an entire year of your hunting expenses.

       Teddy might have a different take on things today.  Trophy hunters don't have much place in the modern world, and they should be a pariah to serious hunters as the serious get painted with the same brush.

      •  Was this meant as a reply (1+ / 0-)
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        to "ban nock?" And I agree, Teddy would see things VERY differently today. He was a conservationist, and elephants today are in serious trouble.

        •  Populations are stable or increasing where (2+ / 0-)
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          hunted. Teddy advocated the idea of "wise use" he was on the other side of things from preservationists.

          “Conservation… is a positive exercise of skill and insight, not merely a negative exercise of abstinence and caution…” Aldo Leopold

          by ban nock on Sat Oct 12, 2013 at 08:20:27 AM PDT

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        •  People who enjoy hunting animals have an (0+ / 0-)

          interest in more of those animals.

          In addition to Ban nock's example of the success of the hunting & subsequent numbers of elephants in Zimbabwe, here in the USA duck populations are thanks to the hunting organization Ducks Unlimited, deer numbers have increased immensely in the USA because of the popularity of hunting them, pheasant populations are up thanks to Pheasants Forever (although Pheasant numbers have gone down in recent years because of corn prices expanding fields & diminishing habitat.),  and wild turkey numbers are up.

          Those who would sacrifice liberty for security deserve neither.

          by FrankRose on Sat Oct 12, 2013 at 12:23:20 PM PDT

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      •  I object more to the carbon footprint than the act (1+ / 0-)
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        of African trophy hunting. Guided hunts of all kinds I and others make jokes about, I mean hunting means to you know, hunt for something. If someone figures out for you where an animal is likely to be, then literally points out the animal to you, and suggests the correct approach to take, someone else has done the preponderance of the "hunting" though they might not pull the trigger.

        Whatever qualms I might have over motivations and methods it's shown over many species in many different places that regulated hunting saves the species that is hunted.

        If Roosevelt had been able to do for Africa what he did for the US I'd imagine some species of rhinoceros might not be endangered.

        Meat for me is a trophy of another sort. I can't deny that amongst the people I know, having a freezer full of wild meat is a trophy of sorts. Surveys show that the number one motivation in the US is the sport itself, the difficulty of finding the animal and having the skill to harvest it. I've forgotten #2, #3 was meat, way down at #6 or so was trophy. Also motivations are overlapping. I do enjoy the challenge, and I do put horns over the barn door (though I'm more of a cow/doe hunter)

        As I've gotten to know more hunters I've become much more reluctant to criticize. In just about every single instance there is a good conservation reason for a type of hunting. The motivation of the hunter is variable, but the reasons wildlife biologists continue to support many kinds of "take" that are frowned upon by the wider society is because they contribute in one way or another to conservation.

        “Conservation… is a positive exercise of skill and insight, not merely a negative exercise of abstinence and caution…” Aldo Leopold

        by ban nock on Sat Oct 12, 2013 at 08:14:12 AM PDT

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  •  not a fan of mandatory reporting (0+ / 0-)

    I'm all for cracking down on dog fighting, but I can see how mandatory reporting could have unintended consequences (ie. not taking your dog to a vet if it's been in a fight that wasn't forced because you don't want to deal with the police).

    •  The issues aren't so black and white are they? (0+ / 0-)

      The HSUS is a sham organization that is all about fundraising and a radical agenda. Lotsa well meaning folks who love animals have been hoodwinked by them and it's sad.

      A lot of the legislation to "regulate puppy mills" is actually a means to try and force responsible breeders out of business.  The HSUS isn't about animal rescue in fact, it doesn't run shelters (local humane societies do that) and many involved are actually against pet ownership.

      So be wary of hot button phrases such as "pro-puppy-mill" and the laws pushed by HSUS, they are NOT what they seem to be on first sight.

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