News From the Campaign Trail
Tonight, all eyes in the political world were on Republican VP nominee and Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin as she gave a speech at the Republican National Convention. And who was the speechwriter she worked with? Matthew Scully, the author of Dominion: The Power of Man, the Suffering of Animals, and the Call to Mercy.
Today, the Austin American-Statesman ran a terrific article juxtaposing Palin's love for hunting and Scully's criticism of it. The piece included lengthy excerpts from Dominion. The article concluded: "So far today, no response from Scully about how he reconciles his work for Palin and his feelings about hunting. A political operative familiar with Scully offered this: 'Yeah, there is a kind of delicious irony re Scully working for the moose hunter, eh?'"
On Friday, Greenopolis ran a great piece about Palin's views on various issues related to animals and the environment. Reportedly, Palin hunts moose, wants polar bears not to be classified as endangered species, and supports the aerial hunting of bears and wolves. The post includes two photos of Palin wearing fur as well as one where she's sitting in front of a dead bear.
According to The Seattle Times, Palin's passion for hunting comes from her father, Chuck Heath, who has a "PETA — People For Eating Tasty Animals" bumper sticker on the trailer on his driveway. And according to Ecorazzi, "It turns out [Palin's] own parents had just returned from hunting caribou when they discovered that she had been tapped as Sen. John McCain’s running mate."
Click here to read my February post about Sen. Barack Obama, which includes a great quote from him about the treatment of animals.
For quite some time, it's been known that the Obama family plans to get a dog after the election. In July, Humane Society of the United States president and CEO Wayne Pacelle reportedly announced that the Obamas would adopt a dog. Earlier that month, Pacelle wrote, "The overwhelming view among animal advocates is that the Obamas should go to a shelter or breed rescue group to obtain a dog. With 3-4 million dogs and cats killed in public and private shelters, there are many lives to be saved, and the simple act of giving a home to a dog who might have faced euthanasia would do wonders for the cause of adoption from shelters."
Yesterday, the Forward reported that Michelle Obama's first cousin once removed is a rabbi. According to the paper, Rabbi Capers Funnye is the most prominent black rabbi in the U.S. The paper notes, "Funnye’s famous relative gives an unexpected twist to the much-analyzed relationship between Barack Obama and Jews in this presidential campaign."