The campaigning for the US presidential election is just getting started. Democratic presidential candidate Julian Castro has upped the ante with his release of a plan for animals – both domestic and wild.
I don’t know a lot about Mr Castro, except that he served as Secretary of Housing and Urban Development under President Obama.
It’s really great to see a policy statement that includes things like:
- Opposing efforts to prohibit pets in social housing
- Implementing pet-friendly and breed-neutral policies in affordable housing
- Supporting animal companionship in federal policy because “pets are considered family and federal policy on housing should reflect that”
- Prohibiting the testing of cosmetic products on animals
Plus policies addressing dog breeding, strengthening the Endangered Species Act, establishing a National Wildlife Recovery Fund ….and more.
Kathleen Crisley, Fear-Free certified professional and specialist in dog massage, rehabilitation and nutrition/food therapy, The Balanced Dog, Christchurch, New Zealand