I am so pleased to announce today that two sons of the Midwest, both respected former US Senators and decorated veterans who sacrificed for their country, have joined The HSUS as Special Advisors: Kansas Republican Bob Dole and Nebraska Democrat Bob Kerrey.
Both men, so well known for their public service to people, have time and again shown their big hearts for animals, and it's an honor for us to have them involved with us as volunteers. As long-time lawmakers, with Sen. Kerrey also having served as governor of his state prior to moving to the US Senate, they both understand the importance of pushing reforms ahead, even if progress is slow and halting. They also understand the value of building a big tent for the animal protection movement. Like us, Sens. Dole and Kerrey recognize that so many people of conscience - whether vegetarians or cattle farmers, lawyers or truck drivers, horse show enthusiasts or birdwatchers - have a role to play in making our world better for animals.
Both Sens. Dole and Kerrey were deeply troubled when they read Michael Moss's investigative report, published in January in The New York Times, about ghoulish experiments on farm animals and the misuse of tax dollars at the US Meat Animal Research Center in western Nebraska. For Sen. Kerrey, it hurt him to see this kind of mistreatment in a state he loves so much. And for Sen. Dole, it struck a nerve in a profound way because, during his long career in the House and Senate, he made animal welfare a signature issue. He was the co-author of the 1985 amendments to the Animal Welfare Act, and he's long objected to the idea of excluding farm animals from the protections of federal law. He was also the key architect of the 1978 amendments to the Humane Methods of Slaughter Act, which requires that livestock be rendered insensible to pain prior to slaughter.