Green Party Establishes Animal Rights Committee
In a historic move, the National Committee of the Green Party of the United States has voted to include an Animal Rights Committee.
The vote was passed 67-14 with eight abstentions, and was officially announced as of March 29, 2016. As the four pillars of the party are “Peace and Non-Violence, Ecological Wisdom, Grassroots Democracy, and Social Justice”, it makes absolute sense to include a committee focused on the welfare and rights of animals. The proposal clarified the need for the new addition:
“Animals in the United States have inadequate protection by local, state and federal law. Because of the breadth of issues and challenges facing the Green Party, animal rights issues are not always sufficiently represented within the Green Party of the United States (GPUS)…a GPUS Animal Rights Committee can help improve the well-being of animals and grow the GPUS.”
The mission statement went into detail on the roles of the new committee, which result in the new contingent being responsible to:
“Inform and advise Green Party candidates and officeholders on animal rights issues, propose endorsement of legislation of national and state significance, as well as endorsement of marches, demonstrations and similar actions of national significance, and connect animal rights issues to other green issues, and develop intersectional strategies based upon these connections to build the Green Party.”
The responsibilities also include educating and providing outreach to the public relevant to animal rights issues. To read the proposal in full, visit this link.
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