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GOP insensitive to animals

As the state legislative session intensifies, I have a question that perplexes me. Why do Republican legislators show little concern for animal welfare?

I recently did a cursory survey of the 1982-2005 legislative voting charts published annually by PawPAC, California’s nonpartisan political action committee for animals. Of the 150-plus animal bills introduced during that 24-year period, only 11 were introduced by Republicans and none since 2001. Worse, a majority of the GOP routinely vote against all such bills.

What accounts for such hurtful politics? Are Republicans genetically predisposed to oppose animal welfare? It would seem so.



Hazel Hardin

Grass Valley


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