A New Era of Animal Rights in Washington

Obama's new regulatory czar Cass Sunstein has argued for new hunting regulations.

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By Paul Bedard, Washington Whispers

Furry and feathered creatures are being welcomed back to Washington. Cass Sunstein, just confirmed as an Obama regulatory czar, has argued for more animal rights and new hunting regulations. The president has taken note of farming's impact on animals. And Bruce Friedrich, VP of policy and government affairs for People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals in Washington, has hit the road to debate veganism on America's college campuses. "It's about convincing the nation's best and brightest to take concern for animals seriously," says Friedrich, who scored points at Harvard this week and plans stops soon at the University of Pennsylvania, Penn State, and Brown. The 1991 Grinnell College grad says of the new era: "In an array of ways, the Obama administration is better for animals than any previous administration, though we do, of course, have a very long way to go."

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