The Animals and the Planet Need Your Vote this November — Are You Registered?

The Animals and the Planet Need Your Vote this November — Are You Registered?

November 7 is coming up fast, with local and state ballot measures as well as gubernatorial races and special elections for the House and Senate at stake. If you need to register to vote or change your name or address, now is the time – some state deadlines are just days away.

This year has proven devastating in terms of justice for animals, people, and the environment, and the 2017 election can help undo some of the damage — like efforts to strip multiple animals from the Endangered Species List, pulling out of the Paris Climate Agreement, and attempting to take healthcare from millions.

According to Pew Research Center, the United States has one of the lowest voter turnouts of developed countries, ranking 31 of 35. Although the 2016 presidential election had every American and most of the world on the edge of their seats, only 60% of the voting-age population actually cast their ballots. The citizens of the land of the free and home of the brave need to stand up and act.

Especially for those with no voice – animals.

“As animal advocates, we need to make sure we wield the strongest tool we have – our vote,” said Empire State Humane Voters (ESHV) in a Facebook post. Nonprofit ESHV fights animal cruelty in New York by getting pro-animal laws passed and humane officials elected.

And indeed, the people we elect today will decide on issues like puppy mill bans, stopping factory farm cruelty, and creating harsher penalties for animal abusers.

Kārlis Dambrāns, Flickr

Voter registration deadlines are fast approaching, so if you need to register for the first time or update your information (in any state), please do so by clicking here. It only takes a couple of minutes of your time.

Animals, people, and the planet need you. The process of registering is simple, and showing up to vote is a right and privilege that we must participate in to achieve a safer, fairer world for ourselves and future generations — of all species.


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  1. Carol Reins

    With all the progress that has been made for the sake of the planet and its other creatures, this administration has set us back. But we will persist in whatever ways we can to undermine the idiot that claims he is our president. WE WILL PERSIST!

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  2. Leanne

    I agree. Do the right thing guys. Together you can make a difference and who knows the idiot in power now might be justly defeated next time.

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  3. Eudaldo del Valle

    Hello to the Freethinker staff its founder and my congratulations for such humanitarian endeavor, I’m one of your many followers, I sincerely wish you the best in everything from increasing your supporters base to your funding.

    Please allow me a well though piece of advice that occurs to me after reading these article.Here we go please choose wisely the introduction of any political bias in your we site presence as well as in your message , you will find people insensitive to animals, nature and the environment in all the colors of the political rainbow, so don’t assume or stereotype from either side.I thing doing so you’ll hurt your main goal as to increase the main base of supporters.

    Well that all, thank you so much, my heart goes with you , is a life mission and privilege taking action in what you doing.My blessings, Ed

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  4. Joanne Bergeron

    Animals are extremely important and should always be considered a priority against neglect and abuse and given all the necessities as well as love and respect! Please Mr Trump, never put them aside!

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  5. linda

    As we all strive ahead to help and speak for all animals it seems like for every good person out there there is 5 sickos to our one not good odds. The progress is ongoing and needs to be no question. All of the abusers that are caught needs to be addressed by the courts to the fullest extent of the law which may make the other sickos think twice. I never would have believed of some of these vicious crimes that imposed on the animals. Farming included. We need creatures and animals big and small to keep the echo system in check. We need people in power to realize that and to make laws and bills to keep it that way we have destroyed so much and hopefully find a way to bring some of it back before everything is lost forever. We can all keep hoping that this will happen.

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