The Orlando Sentinel reported Monday on the results of a Mason-Dixon Polling & Research survey concerning animal-welfare issues. By positive margins, respondents clearly stated they want better regulations on breeders, they want to end the state requirement that mandates greyhound racing at casinos and they do not want an open season for hunting of the state’s black bears.
The anti-greyhound racing position and the ban on hunting black bears came out on top by 3-to-1 margins, according to the Orlando Sentinel article. The margin on the puppy mill breeding topic was not reported.
It is clear, and not merely from this poll, that most people care and want protections in place for animals. In my view, we are a nation of animal lovers. The problem is our elected officials are too often swayed by donations, as opposed to the will of the people – or by acting and voting with compassion as a guide.
But thankfully, profit stomping out compassion within the halls of government is not always the case. We are seeing movement in the direction of animal welfare, with new anti-cruelty and anti-puppy mill laws and bills cropping up in a number of states.