Animals and Wildlife

Animals and Wildlife

As a policy advisor on Hillary Clinton’s 2016 presidential campaign, I consulted with experts to develop our policies and commitments to protect the welfare of animals and wildlife. I was proud to do this policy work on the campaign, and even prouder when I learned that it was the first time a U.S. presidential candidate had animal protections policy highlighted on their website.

Those policies I helped develop, some of which live on as part of the Democratic Party platform, were designed to protect animals, lands, and wildlife. It includes policy to protect pets and domestic animals, protect farm animals from inhumane treatment, and end the slaughter of horses for human consumption and the painful practice of horse soring. We also committed to working to shutter the U.S. market for illegal wildlife products and combating international animal trafficking and poaching, which not only harms the environment, but also fuels terrorist activity. As a Member of Congress, I would uphold these commitments.

I would also champion the promotion of humane animal treatment. In particular, I support legislation that helps women leave abusive partners and protect their pets. I’d also fight to make sure the next President enforces, funds, and keeps in place current protections for animals and wildlife. I’d work to close loopholes like those in the Marine Mammal Protection Act, and others designed to benefit the few and risk animals and their habitats. And we need to establish and enforce stronger regulations on puppy mills and other inhumane commercial breeding facilities.

Our pets are members of our families, and wildlife are an important part of our ecosystem. I am currently the mom of a dog named Winston, and have had pets throughout my entire childhood. As a child, I volunteered at Free Flight Exotic Bird Sanctuary, Helen Woodward Animal Center, and beach clean ups, in addition to supporting conservation efforts and taking wildlife classes at the San Diego Zoo. I would bring this lifelong commitment to our environment, animals, and wildlife, which I know so many people in the 53rd District also share, to my work in Congress.