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PRESIDENTIAL PARADIGMS Another Obama appointee is cause for concern Twant to thank all the people in with our Legisla- tive and aste of West Virginia Re- ception held in Charleston on March 17. Once again, this event was very well-attended and very successful. This cont ued success is a result of our solid and principled policies and all of our involvement throughout the year. Even though we may not win every initiative we are involved with, we are consistently the visible voice for agriculture and rural West Virginia, At our legislative briefing, I share with those present a major concern with a ve important appointee of President Obama. For those of you who were not there, I would like to share my concerns with you as well. ‘The appointee Iam speaking of Cass Sunstein. This is an individual of whom most of us have never heard, but in all likelihood, we will be very familiar with in the future, He is the president’s choice foradministrator of the White House Office of Informa- tion and Regulatory Affairs (OIRA). Considered the “regulatory czar”, he will be responsible for reviewing ev- ery regulation submitted by ¢: the hundreds of federal age Why should we be concerned about this appointee? Cass Suns who is a Harvard law professor, is a radical animal rights activist. He sup~ ports giving animals the legal right to file lawsuits, using government regu lations to phase out meat consump- "By Charles Wilfong, President, West Virginia Farm Bureau tion and outlaw hunting. While a professor at the Univer- y of Chicago law school in 2002, unstein wrote a “working paper” in which he stated that, “there should be extensive regulation of the use of animals in entertainment, scientific experiments and agriculture”. In 2004, Sunstein wrote in his book Animal Rights: Current De- 1d New Direction— s should be permitted to bring suit, with human beings as their representatives, t0 prevent violations of current law. Any ani- mals that are entitled to bring suit would be represented by (human) asel, who would owe guardian- like obligations and make decisions subject to those obligations on their client's behalf.” see Wilfong, page 13 co Wilfong, continued In 2007, Sunstein delivered a key- note speech at Harvard's “Faci imals” conference. He argued of eliminating greyhound racing, cos- metic testing, and meat eating. Also in this speech, he expressed ambitious animating concern” that the current treatment of livestock and other animals should be considered “a form of unconscionable barbarity not the same as, but in many ways mor- ally akin to slavery and mass extermi- nation of human beings”. Sunstein also wants to require ery animal product to be packaged with pictures and descriptions of how the animal was processed before it goes to the consumer. So again, why should we be con- cerned? The answer is that in his new position of administrator of the OIRA, Sunstein will have the au- thority to implement massive federal government overhauls as he sees fit. David Martosko, director of re- search at the Center for Consumer Freedom, states that,"Sunstein’s work could spell the end of animal agricul ture, retail sales of meat and dairy foods, hunting and_ fishing...and countless other things that Ameri- cans take for granted...Americans dont realize that the next four years could be full of bizarre initiatives plucked from the wildest dreams of the animal-rights fringe. Think about every outrageous idea PETA and the Humane Society af the United States have ever had, and imagine them all having the force of federal law.” Normally, someone with Sun- stein’s views would just be written off as another animal rights extrem- ist, but in his new position, he cannot be ignored. He is even being talked about as a possible candidate for the next vacancy on the US Supreme Court. We must let our representatives in Washington know our concerns and demand that they monitor what this man is doing, and not give him a fr hand in implementing his policies the Capitol switch- is 202-224-3121—use it frequently. ‘Organic fertilizer andlime. Doubled my hay crop in 1995. Drought2007, hadenough summer grass and winter hay, Did you? 14 years field proven. Costs $14.00peracrefor both. Others cost $300.00¢ and they burn, Reduce your dependence on foreign oll’. Help environment With less oil use. Improve miles pe Fd uson the web at won lubedeser cominubenson Call after 6 p.m. 304-745-4710 West Virginia Farm Bureau News | APRIL 13