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Animal activist stance prompts senator to hold up Obama nominee
By Lisa M. Keefe on 7/6/2009
Georgia Sen. Saxby Chambliss is holding up confirmation of President Obama's candidate for regulation czar over the nominee's pro-animal rights arguments, according to Washington, D.C. political news site, The Hill.
Harvard law Prof. Cass Sunstein, Obama's choice to head the White House office of Information and Regulatory Affairs, has argued that animals should have the right to sue humans in court.
The Hill quotes Sunstein from his 2004 book, "Animal Rights: Current Debates and New Directions," as writing, "I will suggest that animals should be permitted to bring suit, with human beings as their representatives, to prevent violations of current law."
In a 2002 paper, "The Rights of Animals: A Very Short Primer," Sunstein is quoted as writing, "On reflection, the spotlight should be placed squarely on the issue of suffering and well-being," and that his position "strongly suggests" that "there should be extensive regulation of the use of animals in entertainment, in scientific experiments, and in agriculture," according to The Hill.
Sen. Chambliss told The Hill he is concerned about Sunstein's beliefs and their potential impact on agriculture. Chambliss is holding up the nomination until after Congress' July 4 recess.
Sunstein's nomination already has cleared the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee process. The Hill also reports that Sen. Pat Roberts of Kansas, who sits on the Agriculture Committee, has met with Sunstein and was assured that Sunstein would not promote onerous regulations for farmers.
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Holding up confirmation of President Obama's candidate for regulation czar, over his pro-animal rights stance, is shameful and regressive. It is also completely predictable. It proves once again, how out of touch Republicans' on Capitol Hill are, and reaffirms that you are nothing more than obstructionists; serving the needs of special interests and corporations. You have NO desire, whatsoever, to further the democratic process by being inclusive of ALL of your constituents. You are supposed to represent those without a voice, who have known nothing but poverty; instead you go for the gold--selling out to sit on some corporate board and drawing millions for doing nothing. Congress needs to be held accountable for its stupidity, greed and contempt for the freedoms trampled under the Bill of Rights and the Constitution, which you and others continue to shred at the American public's expense. We desperately need term limits for Congress--1 term--prove your
worth--or YOU ARE OUT. Based on your record, you are NOT one which would ever be invited back, I can assure you.
"Dissent is the highest form of patriotism." - Benjamin Franklin
Trust our government to delay, bungle and kill every worthwhile social program they undertake; yet with incredible speed and efficiency--shred the Bill of Rights and the Constitution.
THE GOVERNMENT’S COVERT, BUT TRUE, DEFINITION OF TERRORISM:
ANY act which threatens to take political or corporate power/profits from the status quo.
Those that think animals are slaughtered humanely should be the first to volunteer to find out if it's true.
The concept of 'animal rights' values the simple premise that ALL living creatures have a "right" to be allowed to live their lives without victimization--free from brutality. It is a right that EVERY being strives for.
Animal Rights--Rational, not Radical.
Man IS superior to every other being...in his ability to excuse away those parts of himself too vile for self-examination.