Graham took a strong stand for animals

Former U.S. Senator and Florida Governor Bob Graham, who passed away last week, will be remembered for co-leading the congressional investigation into the September 11 attacks, speaking out against the Iraq war, and his “workdays” – -in which he rolled up his sleeves to perform hundreds of everyday jobs, from picking tomatoes to picking up trash.

PETA will remember him for his strong stand for animals and the environment. He introduced the National Wildlife Refuge System Management and Policy Act of 1991 to protect herons, egrets, osprey, whooping cranes, and other animals from what he called a “pattern of intrusion” by humans – from jet skiers frightening nesting mothers to military jets dropping practice bombs – at U.S. national wildlife refuges.

He co-sponsored numerous bills, including the Captive Exotic Animal Protection Act of 1995, to prohibit transferring, transporting, or possessing exotic animals to harm or kill them for “entertainment” or trophy hunting, and legislation designating April 1990 as National Prevent-A-Litter Month, acknowledging that spaying and neutering are the keys to ending the companion animal overpopulation crisis. He also founded the Bob Graham Center for Public Service, where PETA was honored to give a talk about animal rights. 

In honor of Senator Graham’s service, let’s all roll up our sleeves and do something to make a difference. PETA.org offers countless ways to help.

Lindsay Pollard-Post 

The PETA Foundation 

Norfolk, Virginia

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