“The greatness of a nation can be judged by the way its animals are treated.” ~ Mahatma Gandhi
If we are to speak about nonviolent resistance, the leader who immediately comes to mind is Mahatma Gandhi. If we want to regain our position as the moral leader of the world, we should look to the example set by Gandhi, who taught that a commitment to nonviolence begins with the animals. Studies show that people who can inflict harm upon animals without experiencing empathy or sympathy are more likely to turn a blind eye towards human suffering as well.
As someone who has been an animal lover her entire life, who believes that nonviolence begins with what we eat, you will not find a more compassionate leader in Congress than myself. Some may argue that animal rights should take a backseat to human rights, but I believe compassion and caring towards humans begins with our treatment of animals.
For most of my life, I have been an animal rights activist. I decided to run for Congress at the conclusion of our last election when the rich and powerful took charge and marginalized the voiceless and powerless in our society, and there are none more powerless than the creatures with whom we share this earth. I believe we need strong voices at the highest levels of our government so we can truly begin to fight for the voiceless, both human and animals.
When I get to Congress, I will fight to ban all product testing on animals. There are other means and methods to test drugs and cosmetics that do not involve the torture of animals. The more helpless a creature, the more entitled it is to our protection and not our cruelty. Therefore, I will fight to protect the Animal Welfare Act, and seek to provide more humane conditions for all of our food animals, including banning gestation crates, veal crates, tail-docking, foie gras, and the extreme confinement of hens. I will push back on Trump’s outrageous decision to once again allow big game trophy hunters to bring back tusks and other wild animal body parts into the US. And locally, as the lucky rescuer of the sweetest dog on earth - Gracie, a pitbull/mastiff mix previously used as a fighting dog breeder - I will work tirelessly to break up local dog fighting rings that continue to pervade our society.
As a supporter of The Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine, PETA, The Humane Society, FARM, and Mercy for Animals, you will not find a stronger activist for our animals’ rights running for Congress in this district than myself.