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Tuesday, February 19, 2008

Harsh Critique of Congressmember's Animal Welfare Record

Here's an Op-ed from Michael Markarian. He's president of the Humane Society Legislative Fund and the author of the blog "Animals & Politics" online at

He is not a fan of U.S. Rep. Joe Knollenberg, R-Bloomfield Hills, Michigan, Ninth District.

Michigan readers take note. It's worth learning more.

According to the piece,

**He has time and again opposed efforts to halt the slaughtering of America's horses for export to Europe and Asia so the animals' meat could be consumed as a delicacy.

**He sought to continue processing "downer" cattle -- animals who are too sick or injured to walk to slaughter, and are often dragged with chains, ropes, bulldozers, and forklifts

**Last year, he voted to allow wealthy American trophy hunters to shoot polar bears in the Arctic -- where they face threats from global warming and vanishing ice floes -- and bring their heads and hides back across the border to America.

**He voted to use your tax dollars to promote the trophy hunting of elephants in Africa, and to give a $2 million annual subsidy to the luxury mink coat industry.

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