The Humane Society Legislative Fund, the nation’s leading political advocacy organization for animal welfare, announces its endorsement of Richard Carmona, M.D., D-Ariz., in the open Arizona U.S. Senate race.
Responding to the HSLF candidate questionnaire, Carmona stated, “Animals are a crucial part of the lives of many Americans, and our people have a long, if not always positive, history with both domestic and wild animals. I believe that bond should be recognized by the federal policymakers, and due consideration given to the impact of our laws and regulations on domestic and wild animals.”
The 17th U.S. Surgeon General, Carmona was senior editor of the 2010 reference manual for emergency medical response personnel, “Public Health Emergency Preparedness and Response: Principles & Practice,” which includes a section on planning for the needs of household pets and service animals as part of the mass care/sheltering responsibilities of emergency managers, as required by the Pets Evacuation and Transportation Standards (PETS) Act of 2006.
Rep. Jeff Flake, R-Ariz., was part of a rogue group of lawmakers, in a vote of 349 to 24, to oppose efforts to include pets in disaster planning – this vote, coming in the wake of the Hurricane Katrina disaster in the Gulf Coast, after so many people stayed behind and put themselves and first responders at risk because there were no plans to care for pets. The bill passed the Senate unanimously and was signed into law by President George W. Bush in October 2006.
“Arizona voters have time and time again approved common-sense animal welfare reforms, banning cockfighting, steel-jawed leghold traps on public lands, and inhumane confinement of animals on factory farms,” said Sara Amundson, executive director of the Humane Society Legislative Fund. “Jeff Flake has opposed nearly every animal welfare reform in Congress, and we urge Arizona voters who care about the humane treatment of animals to support Richard Carmona for Senate.”
Rep. Flake has opposed numerous common-sense animal protection policies throughout his tenure in Congress. Among his votes, Rep. Flake has:
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