Sportsmen's and Animal Owners' Alliance 2012 Candidate Questionnaire
Dear Mr./Ms. _________
As a candidate for Congress, you've indicated your views on a number of issues facing voters. The Sportsmen's and Animal Owners' Voting Alliance (SAOVA) would like to better understand your position on animal ownership and the outdoor sports of hunting and fishing. I should note that many candidates have benefited from SAOVA's endorsements since 2002. This requested response will determine our public position on your election contest.
About 20 million Americans are licensed hunters; about 35 million or over 10 percent of all registered voters are anglers; and 63 percent of all U.S. households own one or more pets. Collectively, these sportsmen and animal owners are expected to contribute $120 billion to the American economy in 2010, over 1% of GNP. These citizens are under attack. Using the guise of animal welfare, groups such as the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS), People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA), and the Animal Legal Defense Fund (ALDF) seek to eliminate or severely restrict many of our existing rights and traditions.
SAOVA is a widely recognized, nationwide, non-partisan group of men and women involved in hunting, fishing, and animal ownership advocacy. Please take the opportunity to review and respond to this questionnaire so that your potential constituents may better know your positions on the important topics affecting us.
1. Do you own a dog, cat, or livestock?
2. Do you or does anyone in your family hunt with or without a dog? If so, what breed(s) of dog(s)?
3. Do you philosophically support or endorse the activities of any of the animal rights or animal protection organizations listed above?
4. Do you believe animals should remain classified as property under the law or be granted legal standing in the courts?
5. Do you support the states' rights to manage their indigenous wildlife populations and establish local hunting and fishing regulations without federal intervention?
6. For over a decade, the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) has actively lobbied for federal regulation to set care standards for in-home breeder/sellers of dogs. Do you agree or disagree that such regulation is the responsibility of the federal government?
7. Currently HSUS has secured legislation in Congress to standardize egg production standards. Do you agree or disagree that the federal government should be responsible for setting husbandry standards for animal agriculture?
8. Are there any sportsmen, animal-related or animal protection issues on which you hope to take the initiative after you are elected?
Your detailed responses will be held confidential. Candidate evaluations, with failures to respond noted, will be summarized and distributed to assist voters in determining which individuals they might support in the upcoming election. Thank you for your cooperation in this important matter.
Sportsmen's and Animal Owners' Voting Alliance