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President Barack Obama Scores B- On Animal Welfare Report Card

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Barack Obama Capitol 04_27012009The end of the year is just days away and you know what that means: time to pass out report cards.

Of course, we give all of our Ecorazzi readers straight A’s. Keep up the good work! But hey, not everyone can be such easy graders.

The Humane Society of the United States recently published “President Obama’s Administration: First Year Report Card on Animal Protection.” How did he do? Obama scored a solid B minus. Let’s check out some of his accomplishments and failures for the first year:

On the nice list: proposed a pending rule that would close the loophole in the downed cow bill, posted inspection reports for animal dealers online, requested the USDA be given more money to enforce the Animal Welfare Act.

On the naughty list: removed grey wolves from the Endangered Species Act in Idaho and Montana, allowed private sport hunters to target elk in Rocky Mountain National Park, gave millions of dollars to the meat industry in subsidies without requiring any animal welfare reforms.

Those are just a scattering of the many issues covered on the review. Wanna see what else Obama has done this year? Stop on by HSUS.org and check it out!

Now go home and show your parents your report cards. We want them signed and on our desk by tomorrow morning!

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