To the Editor:
Recently, I wrote to Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas, urging him to vote against Senate Joint Resolution 18, which would revoke a 2016 U.S. Fish and Wildlife rule that prohibits cruel and inhumane killing methods on over 76 million acres of National Wildlife Refuge lands in Alaska.
Such horrific methods include killing mother wolves and their pups in their dens and hibernating bears and their cubs. I told him that I couldn’t “imagine any senator supporting such barbaric and senseless legislation.”
I received this reply from Sen. Cornyn: “Dear Mr. Montgomery: Thank you for contacting me to express your support for the compassionate treatment of animals. I appreciate having the benefit of your comments on this matter.
“As you may know, there are a number of federal laws prohibiting animal cruelty, as well as regulating i nterstate commerce in animals and animal products. It is necessary to ensure humane treatment of all animals and to balance legitimate commerce and trade with appropriate oversight.
“Animals have played an important role in Texas history and have helped shape the culture of our state. All animals—including household pets, livestock, and wild game—deserve to live free from cruelty and abuse.
“I appreciate having the opportunity to represent the interests of Texans in the United States Senate, and you may be certain that I will keep your views in mind should animal welfare legislation be considered during the 115th Congress. Thank you for taking the time to contact me.
Sincerely, John Cornyn United States Senator”
I was appalled when the senator voted in favor of Senate Joint Resolution 18. Is Sen. Cornyn a hypocrite?
Well, if it looks like a duck, swims like a duck, and quacks like a duck, then it probably is a duck!