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Donald, Hillary and Animal Welfare

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Back during the Presidential primaries, several websites, including The Scratching Post and Rescue Revolution, compiled a list of the candidates, their stance on animal rights issues, their voting records, and their Humane Society Legislative Fund (HSLF) ratings.

Here's what was reported about the two finalists, Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton.

Donald Trump

Since Trump has never served in public office his stance on animal rights isn't easy to compile. There is no recorded information specific to Trump's views on animal rights. However, both of his sons are documented trophy hunters who defended the killing of Cecil the lion in Africa last year. It's known they have traveled to Zimbabwe to shoot, "a variety of animals, including an elephant, a crocodile, a kudu, a civet cat and waterbuck."

After the brothers came under fire for their big game hunts, Trump reportedly told TMZ, "My sons love hunting. They're hunters and they've become good at it. I am not a believer in hunting and I'm surprised they like it."

He did go on record via twitter when the Ringling Brothers Circus announced the end of its elephant performances by saying, "Ringling Brothers is phasing out their elephants. I, for one, will never go again. They probably used the animal rights stuff to reduce costs ' (@realDonaldTrump) March 5, 2015.

Hillary Clinton

While in the Senate, Clinton recorded a score of 100% in both 2005 and 2006 on the HSLF scorecard, plus 75% in 2007, and 83% in 2008 . Clinton did not receive a score from the HSLF while either Secretary of State or First Lady. As a Senator she co-sponsored the following bills:

Senate Bill 311, a ban on the transport, possession, purchase, and sale of horses to be slaughtered for human consumption. This resolution passed and was made into law in April 2007.

Senate Bill 394 which required the humane euthanasia of livestock too sick or injured to walk, as well as strengthened penalties for violations of the Humane Slaughter law. This eventually passed and was made into law in March 2009.

Senate Bill 261 which would establish felony-level penalties for violations of the federal law on dog fighting, cockfighting, and other types of animal fighting. This bill passed and was signed into law in March 2007.

Senator Clinton abstained from voting at all on Senate Bill 714, which. If it had passed, would have prohibited the use in research of dogs and cats obtained through random sources, which can include theft of family pets and fraudulent response to "free to good home" ads. This bill did not pass and is still being researched.

She also decided not to sign onto a letter to the Agriculture Appropriations Subcommittee seeking funds for enforcement of the Humane Methods of Slaughter Act, Animal Welfare Act, and federal animal fighting law, as well as for programs to address the needs of animals in disaster areas, and to ease a shortage of veterinarians in rural and inner-city areas through student loan forgiveness. The funds were awarded in 2009.

"The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated." -- Mahatma Gandhi

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