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No friend of horses

More than a mere “Other Voices,” Otto Haueisen’s ” A few thoughts on John Doolittle vs. the ACLU” stood out as the voice of reason – a beacon amidst pre-election arguments often singularly devoid of factual basis that flourished in the past few weeks.

While Doolittle was keeping the debate centered around one single string on his fiddle, important issues were conveniently overlooked. Take animals, for example: the Humane Society Legislative Fund compiles a yearly scorecard for Congress members, rating their position on animal protection legislation.

Doolittle has the dubious distinction of being among the few representatives scoring a zero out of 100. Not that the Humane Society is out to get him; he received a zero percent compassion index from the Society for Animal Protective Legislation. In 2006 alone, Doolittle voted against the American Horse Slaughter Prevention Act (banning the trade and slaughter of horses for human consumption), then for an amendment aimed at delaying its implementation.



He stood against legislation prohibiting the BLM from using federal funds to slaughter wild horses and burros. Apparently, Doolittle is as fond of horses as he is of the ACLU.

Sylvan Henry




Penn Valley


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