On March 21, 2017 the Senate voted down S. J. R. 18 by a vote of 52 to 47. While it was a close vote, it was split down party lines with democrats voting nay, and republicans voting yea. It is surprising that not one republican stood up against this cruel bill. Somehow, they believe that tracking animals from planes, shooting mothers and cubs in their dens, and snaring and baiting these innocent animals that are completely defenseless, is a sport. It isn’t even for subsistence. It is for a trophy.
I give heartfelt thanks to our Connecticut Senators Richard Blumenthal and Chris Murphy who did oppose it. They are men of compassion.
It is hard not to feel defeated about all this. Many people called their Senators, wrote letters, phonebanked and put a lot of effort into educating others about this. In our defeat we have to remember that we are on the right side of history. Freedom has never been granted to oppressed groups willingly. It has always come with a fight.
Those of us who are on the side of protecting animals will not give up. We have lost this battle to lawmakers who have no conscience about animals, but we can still fight back. Our power is our ability to vote them out of office.
“The greatest test of courage on earth is to bear defeat without losing heart.” –– Robert Green Ingersoll