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Eleven 07-31-2009 06:22 PM

Cass Sunstein, the Obama nominee for Regulatory Czar - a position more formally known as the Administrator of the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs (OIRA) - is a reported veg*n whose nomination is being opposed by hunting groups, gun groups, and the freaks at the Center for Consumer Freedom (CCF).

Why? Because of his views on animals.

From Wikipedia:

Every reasonable person believes in animal rights, he says. He also says that human willingness to subject animals to unjustified suffering will be seen as a form of unconscionable barbarity morally akin to slavery and the mass extermination of human beings, and that we might "conclude that certain practices cannot be defended and should not be allowed to continue, if, in practice, mere regulation will inevitably be insufficientand if, in practice, mere regulation will ensure that the level of animal suffering will remain very high." Specifically he thinks that, we ought to ban hunting. He also thinks that we could even grant animals a right to bring suitand that it is possible that that before long, Congress will grant standing to animals to protect their own rights and interests. This all stems from his claim that "animals, species as such, and perhaps even natural objects warrant respect for their own sake, and quite apart from their interactions with human beings."

There's a lot more about him on the web for those interested.

He's a fairly conservative guy in a lot of respects but still Republican Senators John Cornyn of Texas and Saxby Chambliss of Georgia have taken it upon themselves to block his nominations using Senate holds to block floor votes.

"Sen. Cornyn finds numerous aspects of Mr. Sunstein's record troubling, specifically the fact that he wants to establish legal 'rights' for livestock, wildlife and pets, which would enable animals to file lawsuits in American courts," the Republican's spokesman, Kevin McLaughlin, said in a statement to

I loathe the American political system more every day.

desertgirl22 07-31-2009 10:45 PM

Couldn't agree with you more. Good grief.

It's that same old arguement ,"I just can't get behind that there Obama guy. He wants to take away my guns".

Are you freaking kidding me???!!!

peace 08-01-2009 09:31 AM

I saw a post about this on the Humane Society Legislative Fund blog. The animal exploiters' idea, of course, is to keep attitudes and laws regarding animals strictly in the 19th century, and discourage anyone who has even sympathetic views toward animal welfare from any positions of power.

The big stink is especially silly when one considers, as HSLF points out,

If approved, Sunstein wont be in a policy position governing farm animals, the environment, or anything else. It will be the Departments of Agriculture, Interior, and others that issue regulations on animal welfare issues, and then OIRA will make sure they went through the appropriate process. If Chambliss has a goal of making things harder for animal welfare advocates or easier for agribusiness interests, hes picked the wrong nomination to block.

But of course, this is the real issue at stake:

But more importantly, caring about animals, or having thoughtful opinions about regulating their use and treatment in various contexts, should not disqualify someone from holding federal office. Politicians should consider a compassionate concern for animals to be a personal and even political asset for candidates for major executive offices. Compassion and kindness to other creatures are mainstream values held by the best of all people, and its exactly what we should want to see in our public servants. Big Ag thinks its fine when its lobbyists and executives get agency posts, but just let one fellow who has said something serious on animal welfare be nominated and the artillery rolls out.

Sevenseas 08-01-2009 03:21 PM

Rick Berman and everyone else at CCF should be imprisoned for 190 years.

major.walrus 08-04-2009 07:56 AM

Reading about this guy is the first thing in ages that has caused me to feel vauge liking for a politician. Pity about all the people cramping his style.

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