November 9, 2012
Wayne's Blog: In Wake of Election, Time to Pass Animal Welfare Reforms
The United States has completed its always momentous quadrennial presidential election, which in this case produced spending exceeding $2 billion between the campaigns, super PACs and other outside spenders. Thousands of other races decided at the federal, state, and local levels cost billions more when aggregated.
But elections just set the cast of characters hired by the American people to work on public policy — work that must continue even in a moment of transition. For members of the nation’s 112th Congress, it’s time to get back to the task of making and shaping policy. With so much at stake in the election, an enormous amount of work was delayed and will now need to be tackled during a lame-duck session between now and the end of the year. Animal welfare issues, including strengthening the federal animal fighting law, retiring chimpanzees from laboratories to sanctuaries, and banning barren battery cages for egg-laying hens, hang in the balance.