I wanted to start a very non-partisan thread about a topic I'm strongly passionate about, animals. As a right-winger, some may think I'm soft on animal rights, but actually, I'm nearly in-line with PETA. I'm a huge animal lover and I truly believe this is relevant to politics because how a person or nation treats animals says alot about how they view life and compassion in general. What sparked this thread? MSNBC showing the video of the birds in the oil. I agree with MSNBC about 0.005% of the time. But they were right for showing those animals. Although I believe global warming is a hoax, I also believe in environmental laws to protect animals, as they are quite defensless against us. Do I eat meat? Yes. I'm a bit of a hypocrite. I eat mostly eggs and fish, but an occassional steak. I find Michael Vick to be the scum of the Earth, and anyone who is outright cruel to an animal to be right there with him. I saw a video of a bullfighter in Mexico or Spain, not sure, but they stick the animal with small spears, and gradually move to larger ones until a final death blow is thrown into the animals spine. The video showed the scared, desperate bull lying wounded on the ground and the "brave" bullfighter come up and execute it. For sport. Sickening. Stephen Colbert's show showed another bull gouge a bullfighter so badly that the horn stuck out his mouth from the throat wound. I loved it. There is no need for that sport. Deer hunting? I don't hunt personally, because I don't want to kill the animal. But, I do see the need for it to control populations and prevent starvation of the deer as a result. The meat is almost always used as food, and many families in the South eat deer meat as a large % of their food supply. Thats why I do not hunt, but am pro-hunting. Humanely though. It's a fine line between being a right winger and an animal rights advocate. Very fine line of hypocrisy there. But I try to walk it. One reason is my dogs. No matter what they've done, or I've done, or how bad the weather is, or their food is, they are always happy to see me. What people can you say that about? This November, while it may be a minor issue, don't forget the animals in our nation that politicians will also have influence over.