With so many candidates in play, Democratic nomination candidates have to find their own individual issue platforms. For Elizabeth Warren, the popular issue is student loans. Jay Inslee has become the climate change candidate. Cory Booker has introduced an ambitious plan to help end gun violence.
Former San Antonio mayor Julian Castro has now created a popular issue of his own and it is a unique one. Castro has announced an animal welfare plan that would among other things, end the euthanization of cats and dogs in animal shelters.
According to the Huffington Post, the plan includes:
“calls for ending the euthanization of domestic dogs and cats in shelters and seeks to improve federal housing policy for those with pets. It also says Castro would sign into law legislation that would make animal cruelty a federal crime, establish federal minimums for space for farm animals, prohibit the testing of cosmetic products on animals, and ban the unlicensed ownership of large cats like lions and tigers.”
The candidate said of his plan, “We each have not only an opportunity, but a responsibility to advance the welfare of animals and protect endangered species from extinction. People and animals have coexisted and thrived together since the start of history, but now with the climate crisis and human activity that symbiotic relationship is at risk.”
The plan may also tweak a member of the Trump family. The proposal would end the importation of big game trophies. Donald Trump Jr. is a noted fan of big game hunting.