Ike for President!
Politicians work to gain different groups of peoples votes. One group that is being drug into the mix is The Humane Society. Steve King likes to call members of this group as ''radical animal activist''. Christie Vilsak brought to the attention of voters that King voted against making it illegal to attend an organized dog fight or taking your child to watch this sick form of entertainment. Mitt Romney opted to crate his dog strapped to the roof of his car when traveling. Really!?!
Any animal issue greatly affects Iowa due to many livestock farmers here in our state making a living by raising cattle, hogs, chickens, turkeys, and sheep for food sources. Unfortunately, Iowa sees companion animals (dogs, cats, etc.) as livestock. Why that is, I don't understand. There is clearly a difference between animals whose purpose is to feed us as opposed to animals that we choose to have as a companion, live in our home, and treat as though they are part of our family.
Unfortunately, with Iowa ranking #2 in the number of ''puppy mills'' in the US, there are dogs that are nothing more than a source of income for the breeder. They are trapped all of their lives in tiny wire cages, continually bred without ever stepping foot on the grass or feeling the tender touch of a human hand. The difference here, in my opinion, is that this ''livestock'' endures the suffering for many years. ''Regular livestock'' has a much shorter life span.
Until Iowa decides that companion animals are not livestock, we will continue to fight puppy mills, and the stringent rules and regulations placed on livestock.
As for the politicians trying every angle to earn my vote, I'm voting for Ike!