The Capitol Weekly reports:
…if there were such a thing as the Animal Caucus, there also would be some disagreement amongst its Democratic members. The more outspoken wing likely would be led by Assemblyman Paul Koretz, D-West Hollywood, while the moderates might be under the directions of Assemblyman Lloyd Levine, D-Van Nuys. Both have a long history of introducing animal-welfare legislation. Each also has his fans and detractors within a diverse movement.
It figures that Koretz would be amongst the wackos on this issue. But calling Levine a “moderate” is a stretch by any standard. They justify naming as such stating:
Levine is careful to draw a line between what he says are two different schools of thought in the movement. He counts himself as part of the “animal welfare” community, which want laws that are generally good for animals. But he does not see himself as part of the “animal rights” community, which wants to assign the same types of rights to animals that people enjoy.
This is the same “moderate” who promotes the taking of innocent life in the womb and the putting to death of those who lack “quality of life”. Moderate Huh?
When asked to name the most frequent opponents of animal-welfare legislation, Action for Animal’s Mills mentioned several Republican Senators: Roy Ashburn of Bakersfield, Dennis Hollingsworth of Murrieta, Tom McClintock of Thousand Oaks and George Runner of Antelope Valley.
But the one of the most often cited opponents of animal-welfare legislation is Assemblyman Ray Haynes, R-Murrieta. Haynes frequently lists this legislation in his annual “Nosey Awards.” In the past few years, he’s handed out Nosey’s for Koretz’s ear-cropping (AB 418) and exotic cat de-clawing (AB 1857) bills, as well as former Senator John Burton’s foie-gras bill (SB 1520). Haynes said that his constituents rarely contact him about these bills–he just think the Legislature has better things to do with it’s time.
“My constituents write me because they’re stuck in traffic on the freeways,” Haynes said. “They usually don’t care if dogs get their ears cropped or geese don’t get fed right.
“You get 200 people on one side and 300 on the other,” Haynes added, “and 32 million who don’t give a damn.”