To the Editor:
Congressman Randy Hultgren of Illinois’ 14th District is the only elected official in Illinois who currently has a zero rating from The Humane Society (113 Humane Scorecard) for consistently taking anti-animal positions.
The most offensive of these positions is Hultgren’s support for the notorious King Amendment. Although ultimately defeated in Congress by those more compassionate, Hultgren nevertheless voted twice in support of this cruel, overreaching amendment.
While painful to describe, voters need to understand just how potentially destructive the King Amendment is. In one fell swoop, this amendment would eliminate laws that protect farm animals from spending their entire lives in containers (“cruel cages”) only slightly larger than their bodies. So small, these animals are unable to turn around or lie down. It threatened protection of puppies and dogs in puppy mills. It would upend state bans forbidding the sale of horses for slaughter for human consumption. You get the idea.
Sadly characteristic for Hultgren and far too many other politicians, support for the King Amendment was a big nod to Big Ag.
Wouldn’t it be nice if people we elect to represent us not compromise our every value, which for many of us include protecting animals from cruelty, enjoying an environment not contaminated with pesticides and ensuring that farm workers aren’t turned into modern-day slaves.
How a person treats animals is a window into their true character, and Hultgren’s character clearly demonstrates his priorities are with the lobbyists.