Readers of this blog know how much respect I have for Matt Scully, especially his beautiful book, Dominion, defending the welfare of animals from a Christian perspective. That's why I found it shocking that he lent his skills as a writer in penning Sarah Palin's acceptance speech at the Republican convention. The Humane Society's Legislative Fund has never endorsed a presidential candidate before, but because of Palin's horrifying record on animal cruelty, and contempt for conservation, they have decided to endorse Obama. I seriously do not know how the man who wrote Dominion could vote, let alone write speeches, for this advocate of cruelty:
Gov. Sarah Palin's (R-Alaska) retrograde policies on animal welfare and conservation have led to an all-out war on Alaska's wolves and other creatures. Her record is so extreme that she has perhaps done more harm to animals than any other current governor in the United States.
Palin engineered a campaign of shooting predators from airplanes and helicopters, in order to artificially boost the populations of moose and caribou for trophy hunters. She offered a $150 bounty for the left foreleg of each dead wolf as an economic incentive for pilots and aerial gunners to kill more of the animals, even though Alaska voters had twice approved a ban on the practice.
This year, the issue was up again for a vote of the people, and Palin led the fight against it -- in fact, she helped to spend $400,000 of public funds to defeat the initiative.
What's more, when the Bush Administration announced its decision to list the polar bear as threatened under the Endangered Species Act, Palin filed a lawsuit to reverse that decision. She said it's the "wrong move" to protect polar bears, even though their habitat is shrinking and ice floes are vanishing due to global warming.
No one with genuine respect for God's creation would have Palin's horrifying record on animal welfare.
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