D-I-R-G-H: Does party matter when it comes to electing a humane candidate?

Democrat-Independent-Republican-Green or Humane? Does party matter when it comes to electing a humane candidate? In our Facebook poll this week we asked about your past voting habits and if you would consider crossing party lines to vote for an animal friendly candidate. An overwhelming  76% of responses indicate that yes, you would consider crossing party lines to voting for a humane candidate.

We loved some of the comments on our poll:

“Definitely would cross parties to vote for an animal friendly candidate!”

 “It seems that the folks who support pigeon shoots or puppy mills in either party seem to support a slew of things which I don’t. I guess if you’ll support animal cruelty, concern for children, women, the elderly, sick and poor might not register too high on your priority list either.”

“I never vote for a straight party. I vote based on proven actions.”

” Work hard to make your voice heard with an army that supports animals and you will not have to make that choice. If your rep is on the fence, sell it to them. If you work to sell your viewpoint we will always get at least the 50% it takes to pass a bill. Make your voice heard and enough reps will change their viewpoints. Let your rep change, not you.”

“My political choices would be to support candidates willing to SOLVE THE ANIMAL CRISIS!”

We have a busy election season coming up for 2012 with numerous local races to follow. Voting for humane candidates translates into better chances for passing animal protection bills. We hope everyone who cares about animals takes an active role in helping to protect animals by getting involved in their local political parties and making sure their candidates are animal friendly. Be sure to follow us here on our webpage, Facebook and Twitter as we will be posting valuable information, candidate profiles, candidate recommendations and coming next week…the first ever PA Scorecard on how PA legislators voted on animal bills.

Here are links to each of the parties – remember we are non-partisan here:   DemocraticRepublicanIndependentGreen  and Humane. Note the latest party to be added is the Humane Party. This is a relatively new party with no actual candidates on the PA ballots yet, but thought it might be interesting to follow.

Regardless of party, make sure your candidate knows how important protecting animals is to you and get them to commit to a position before they get elected.

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Animal Welfare Advocate
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