Cass Sunstein, the president’s pick to head the powerful Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs (OIRA), has been an advocate for the animal rights movement and is an anti-hunter. As a part of the federal budget office, OIRA has extensive authority to block rules, including those that protect hunting and conservation. Sunstein claims that, “we might ban hunting altogether, at least if it’s sole purpose is human recreation.” He also supports allowing lawsuits on behalf of animals, a right currently only extended to human beings. That is why it is crucial that the block remains in place.
Take Action! Producers nationwide should contact their U.S. senators and ask them to support Sen. Cornyn’s hold on Sunstein. Let them know that you are deeply concerned by Sunstein’s radical statements about animal rights. Ask your Senator to join Senator Cornyn by blocking this appointment.
BEEF Daily Quick Fact: Farming is a family affair according the Economic Research Service. It found that 99 percent of U.S. farms in 2003 were family farms. The typical herd size averages 40 head of cattle, but herds with more than 100 head of cattle produce most of beef in the United States. (Source: Beef From Pasture to Plate)