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Compassionate Legislators

Story ID:10206
Written by:Suzana Margaret Megles (bio, contact, other stories)
Story type:Musings, Essays and Such
Location:various various usa
Year:2014
Person:Michael Markarian
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I think Michael Markarian will probably smile if he reads this post showing how I
used the wonderful Humane Scoreboard he puts out twice a year re the animal issues
confronting Congress.

You may as I- received some Christmas greetings from members of Congress. Though
I am a Buckeye, I received 6 of them from legislators in W.Virginia, Minnesota, Illinois,
Vermont, Connecticut, and Arizona. The three that I most appreciated were the last
three because when I checked their scores on the Humane Scoreboard, they each
scored 100. God bless Patrick Leahy of Vermont, Richard Blumental of Connecticut,
and Raul Grijalva of Arizona. The other three scored poorly in this regard. I thank
God for the three who scored so beautifully and all the others on the Humane
Scoreboard who voted similarly and compassionately. Their presence in Congress
is much needed in trying to make our land a better place for the animals who suffer
in so many cruel ways at our hands as in the CAFOs where life such as it is- is pure hell.
The wild horses of the West are inhumanely rounded up by the BLM helicopters and
some of them will end up in the cruel slaughterhouses of Mexico and Canada. We need
to address their pain and all the other animals we hurt and make our nation a better
place for them to live in. Certainly the Christ Child would be pleased if we did this
because He loves all His creatures – including them.

And of course, animals played an important role at Jesus’ birth. In the cave where He
was born was the donkey who had carried Mary across the desert to Bethlehem. Near
him (or her) was an ox whose breath helped to keep the Infant Jesus warm.

Soon the small cave would be filled with the shepherds whom the angels had called
to come and see and adore the new born King. Of course, they brought their sheep
and lambs with them, and some of them had the privilege of going into the cave also.
What would the Christmas scene be without the animals?

Later the lumbering camels carrying the Wise Men who followed the beautiful star
would make their appearance. They too have a place in this miraculous happening.

And now the names of the legislators who voted compassionately for the animals. By
their votes they have said that yes, animals are precious in the eyes of the new born King.

SENATE (80 or 100 SCORES)

Barbara Boxer and Diane Fienstein of California
Richard Blumental and Christopher Murphy of Connecticut
Thomas Carper and Chris Coons of Delaware
Brian Schatz of Hawaii
Richard Durbin and Mark Kirk of Illinois
Mary Landrieu and David Vitter of Louisiana
Susan Collins of Maine
Benjamin Cardin and Barbara Mikulski of Maryland
Ed Markey and Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts
Carl Levin and Debbie Stabenow of Michigan
Jeanne Shaheen of New Hampshire
Robert Menendez of New Jersey (Cory Booker filled a seat and couldn’t vote at this time)
Martin Heinrich of New Mexico
Kirsten Gillibrand of New York
Jeff Merkley and Ron Wyden of Oregon
Jack Reed and Sheldon Whitehouse of Rhode Island
Patrick Leahy and Bernard Sanders of Vermont
Maria Cantwell and Patty Murray of Washington

HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES (75-100 SCORES)

Because there are 435 Representatives, I am only able to mention the
number of compassionate legislators state by state.

Alabama –0
Alaska –0
Arizona-2 out of 9
Arkansas –0
California –34 out of 52 * they deserve a star!
Colorado – 3 out of 7
Connecticut –5 out of 5 * another star!
Delaware – 1 out of 1* another star!
Florida – 9 out of 27
Georgia –3 out of 14
Hawaii – 2 out of 2 * another star!
Idaho – 0
Illinois –7 out of 17
Indiana – 1 out of 9
Iowa – 0
Kansas – 0
Kentucky – 1 out of 6
Louisiana – 0
Maine – 2 out of 2*– another star!
Maryland – 6 out of 8* another star!
Massachusetts –8 out of 8*-another star!
Michigan – 4 out of 14
Minnesota –3 out of 8
Mississippi -0
Missouri –1 out of 7
Montana –0
Nebraska –0
Nevada – 1 out of 4
New Hampshire – 2 out of 2* – another star!
New Jersey –10 out of 12* –another star!
New Mexico –2 out of 3* – another star!
New York –17 out of 27* –another star!
North Carolina –2 out of 13
North Dakota – 0
Ohio –1 out of 15 (My state – very, very disappointing)
Oklahoma –0
Oregon –4 out of 5* –another star!
Pennsylvania –7 out of 18
Rhode Island – 2 out of 2* – another star!
S.Carolina – 0
Tennessee –1 out of 9
Texas – 7 out of 35
Utah – 0
Vermont – 1 out of 1* –another star
Virginia – 3 out of 11
Washington – 5 out of 10
W. Virginia – 0
Wisconsin – 2 out of 8
Wyoming – 0

Not having the time to analyze the telling results, it probably is evident
that the Northeast and California deserve kudos for generally voting
compassionately for the animals. The Southern states and the Upper Midwest
states sadly did not. Maybe you have noticed some other telling results from
the Humane Scoreboard that I have not, but be that as it may, I am once again
grateful to Michael Markarian and his work on the Humane Scoreboard. If
we are disappointed in our perspective legislators, I think this should be made
known to them. If you are happy with their votes, this too will certainly be
welcome news to them.