Monday, June 27, 2005

Santorum Receives Praise from Liberals

Senator Rick Santorum (R-PA) is not known as a friend to liberals. But he is a friend to animals and, by association, has won praise from animal rights groups. Most recently, Santorum has introduced legislation that would regulate so-called puppy mills that churn our puppies and kittens and are often criticized for operating under inhumane conditions.

Santorum says animal rights shouldn’t just be a liberal cause.

"To me, it's part of a society that's caring, sensitive to life," Santorum said in a recent interview. "Obviously, the life of animals is fundamentally different than the life of a human being. But to me, we have a responsibility to God's creatures to treat them humanely, and the government's laws should reflect that."

I’ve always thought our ability to love animals is one of the great things that make us human. We have no innate obligation to invite dogs and cats into our homes and care for them. But we do and they become members of our families, posing in our photographs, playing with our children, traveling with us on vacation and mourned in their deaths. Good for Santorum for recognizing the value of these animals. He’s right, animal rights shouldn’t be a left or right issue. It’s really just about being decent human beings.

6 Comments:

At 7:16 PM, Blogger Jami said...

santorum also said the entire city of boston molests children.

 
At 7:50 PM, Anonymous Jennifer said...

There are many, many issues that revolve around our willingenss to be decent human beings. I hope Santorum will lead his party toward a future in which "a culture of life" means more than just protecting fetuses -- and now puppies and kittens.

 
At 10:45 PM, Anonymous greg said...

I'm less than impressed. Durbin and Santorum are both facing PR issues right now. Puppies and kitties. That's real courageous Senators. For your next bipartisan trick how about tackling the deficit, the underfunded VA benefits, Social Security reform, or any of a host of issues!

 
At 2:11 AM, Anonymous Andrea said...

Greg-
Yes, there are problems with lots of things right now but just because this issue isn't the most important to you doesn't mean it isn't important to others. Everyone has a cause and for many, animal welfare is that cause. Spending time, money, and effort on a cause to see it consistently passed over is disheartening so it is a relief to many to see action taken on it. Are you aware that Sen. Santorum doesn't just spend his term on one issue? He has done quite a lot for economic reform and I'm sure he will continue to do so. There's plenty of time for that as well. I don't think you appreciate how bad the puppy mill situation has become. I am not an activist by any stretch but I have worked in a pet shop and seen puppies die in the cages and something had to be done about it at some point. You should have more of an understanding of the issue before you sum it up with "puppies and kittens". It's not that simple. Go to nopuppymills.com and learn a little more about what you're talking about. I am from PA and voted Santorum into office and am proud to call him a representative of my state.

 
At 9:59 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Does anyone realize that this program will cost mega bucks. Mega bucks that will have to come from somewhere to implement it. Where will that money come from? Oh, I have an idea, let's just completely halt the School Lunch Program to fund this idiotic piece of legislation. Think people...less money for IMPORTANT issues. Let's not cave in the the AR idiots of the world.

 
At 10:02 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I have a question for all the AR of the world--what will you call the USDA licensed kennels now? What happens when EVERYONE is licensed--will they all be puppymills? That is the question all should be asking right now. They won't be able to rag on USDA kennels because everyone will be lumped together.

 

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