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LETTER: Hultgren’s record not kind to animals

Published: Monday, Aug. 4, 2014 10:56 p.m. CST

To the Editor:

If you’re planning to vote for Randy Hultgren in November and also care about animals, you might want to reconsider. 

Many residents in Illinois’ 14th Congressional District have no idea that their congressman is the only elected official in Illinois who currently has a zero rating from The Humane Society on its scorecard for the 113th Congress for consistently taking anti-animal positions. 

The most offensive of these positions is Hultgren’s support for the notorious King amendment. Although ultimately defeated in Congress by those more compassionate, Hultgren nevertheless voted for a version of the farm bill that included the cruel, overreaching King amendment.

While painful to describe, voters need to understand just how potentially destructive the King amendment is. In one fell swoop this amendment would eliminate laws that protect farm animals from spending their entire lives in containers (“cruel cages”) only slightly larger than their bodies. The cages are so small, these animals are unable to turn around or lie down. It threatened protection of puppies and dogs in puppy mills and state bans forbidding the sale of horses for slaughter for human consumption. You get the idea.

Sadly characteristic for Rep. Hultgren and far too many other politicians, support for the King amendment was a nod to “Big Ag.” 

Wouldn’t it be great if the people we elect to represent us did not compromise our values? For many of us, those values include protecting animals from cruelty, enjoying an environment not contaminated with pesticides and ensuring that farm workers aren’t turned into modern-day slaves. 

How a person treats animals is a window into their true character. Are you really willing to vote for someone who voted for cruel cages?

If Rep. Hultgren turned his back on animals before, would he do it again?

Politicians rarely change their character, and Hultgren’s voting record clearly demonstrates his priorities are with the lobbyists and corporations.

Joni Lindgren

Elgin

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