DC Voters For Animals Questionnaire

#CatsforErin including Butternut Boysenberry (center, in bed) and Hazelnut Fancypants (right, on couch)
  • Question: Would you advocate for DC Housing Authority (DCHA) to allow residents of public housing units to live with their pets?
  • Synopsis: People who live with pets know firsthand how intimately they are part of the family. In fact, about 56% of households nationwide have pets, regardless of income level or housing policies. Yet, the 20,000 District tenants living in DCHA public housing units are prohibited from having pets in their homes. While 44% of housing providers in DC allow pets, DCHA generally prohibits pets, with limited exceptions (i.e. service and assistance animals). DCHA’s restrictive policy discriminates against District residents by their source of income, disproportionately impacts people of color, and forces families to pick between their pets and the affordable housing they need. This exacerbates housing instability in DC’s communities, which, as one of the main drivers of community health, leads to poorer health outcomes for DCHA residents.
  • Jurisdictions friendly to pets in affordable housing: Countless other jurisdictions allow pets in public housing, including NYCHA, the largest public housing authority in the country! In fact, DCHA had to obtain permission from the federal government in order to implement the ban on companion animals.
  • Question: Would you support a law to ban fur sales in DC?
  • Synopsis: The fur industry uses millions of animals who are kept in tiny cages on factory farms and killed in cruel ways, or trapped in the wild where they are often left to suffer for days. Advancements in faux fur have made it virtually indiscernible to animal fur. Not only have many local and national governments issued fur bans, hundreds of retailers have independently phased out fur. DC should make being cruelty free the new fashion statement!
  • Who bans fur: Over a dozen countries have banned fur farming, and Israel recently became the first to ban sales. Eight cities in the US have banned fur sales, as well as the entire state of California.
  • Question: Would you support legislation prohibiting the sale of food made from force fed animals (such as foie gras) in the District?
  • Synopsis: Foie gras is known to be one of the most extreme forms of animal agriculture. The production process includes force feeding the duck or farm animal with a metal tube that is inserted in its esophagus in order to enlarge its liver. Despite being home to over 1,000 restaurants that serve foie gras, New York City banned the sale of products from force-fed animals in 2020. Abandoning this uncommon yet cruel factory farming practice is a fantastic way for DC to show its compassion.
  • Who bans foie gras: New York City, California, India (import), Argentina, Australia, Austria, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, Germany, Italy, Norway, Poland, and the UK (production)
  • Question: Would you support creating and funding an Animal Welfare Liaison position within the Mayor’s Office of Community Affairs?
  • Synopsis: DC government provides liaisons for LGTBQ, Latinx, African, and African-American communities, among others. An Animal Welfare Liaison can serve under the mayor to fulfill many roles, including working with relevant city departments, fielding constituent concerns, and addressing neglected components of the city’s animal laws.
  • Who has an Animal Welfare Liaison: New York City, Borough of Brooklyn, and Montreal
  • Question: Would you support a law that updates D.C.’s building code to require that new builds employ bird-safe glass and building design to curb bird collision mortality?
  • Synopsis: It is estimated that up to a billion birds die every year in North America due to collisions with buildings. Our feathered friends often have difficulty seeing glass surfaces, particularly because birds with eyes positioned on either side of their head that have more difficulty with depth-perception. Studies demonstrate that almost all collisions are with structures under 12 stories tall, with 44% occurring with structures one to three stories. To help remedy this growing problem, new features have been designed to help birds realize the presence of the glass beforehand and greatly improve the avoidance of collisions.
  • Who has bird safe building legislation: New York City, NY ; San Francisco, CA; Oakland, CA; Madison, WI; Cook County, IL; Toronto, CAN.
  • Question: Would you support legislation to track data from labor, animal welfare, and health performance for food imported from slaughterhouses?
  • Synopsis: The pandemic illuminated immense problems in slaughterhouses for labor, animal welfare, and public health. Workers were crammed together as COVID-19 spread like wildfire through meat processing plants, and kill lines for animals were sped up at both a cost to the workers and the immense suffering of animals. DC could inform consumers by passing a law to track workplace injuries, animal welfare violations, and antibiotics consumption at meat processing facilities for food imported into the District.
  • Who tracks data from meat processing plants? San Francisco, CA

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