(HENDERSON, Nev.) — Democrat Barack Obama says he won’t just be a president for the American people, but the animals too.
“What about animal rights?” a woman shouted out during the candidate’s town hall meeting outside Las Vegas Wednesday after he discussed issues that relate more to humans, like war, health care and the economy.
Obama responded that he cares about animal rights very much, “not only because I have a 9-year-old and 6-year-old who want a dog.” He said he sponsored a bill to prevent horse slaughter in the Illinois state Senate and has been repeatedly endorsed by the Humane Society.
“I think how we treat our animals reflects how we treat each other,” he said. “And it’s very important that we have a president who is mindful of the cruelty that is perpetrated on animals.”
America could put nearly 60,000 people to work within 90-180 days by funding important conservation projects on public lands — projects like restoring wetlands, reconnecting habitat across highways, removing invasive species, rehabilitating native forests and prairies, and making facilities and buildings on public lands more energy efficient.
Projects like these projects would have tangible benefits for imperiled wildlife, could keep local construction, electrical, landscape and other companies working throughout 2009 and would provide the next generation of workers with the skills they need to lead a green revolution in our economy.
Speak out for creating green jobs to protect lands and wildlife. Fill out the form below to urge President Obama and your U.S. Representative and Senators to help create jobs that will protect our wildlife and our environment.
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