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Smear: Cass Sunstein Is Going To Ban Hunting

September 17, 2009 10:01 am ET

Glenn Beck has reported that Cass Sunstein wants to ban hunting because it is cruel to animals.

Smear: Sunstein wants to ban hunting because it is cruel to animals.

Cass Sunstein, Administrator of the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs, Office of Management and Budget, "also believes that we ought to ban hunting. He says willingness to subject animals to suffering will be seen as a form of barbarity, morally akin to slavery and the mass extermination of human beings." [, 9/9/09]


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Newsweek reported:

[A]s an academic, [Sunstein] has a large body of polemical academic articles that are easily construed as radical. For Sunstein, the problem first arose out of his musings on animal rights. In the Senate, John Cornyn (R-Texas) and Saxby Chambliss (R-Ga.) placed holds on his nomination, citing concerns over his views on hunting. In 2007, Sunstein gave a speech at Harvard in which he explored the idea that humans legally permit much cruelty to animals while at the same time public-opinion polls suggest that most people believe such cruelty is ethically intolerable, and so he suggested a hunting ban. It's an idea he also pondered in an academic paper titled "The Rights of Animals: A Very Short Primer." He wrote:

"If we focus on suffering, as I believe that we should, it is not necessarily impermissible to kill animals and use them for food; but it is entirely impermissible to be indifferent to their interests while they are alive. So too for other animals in farms, even or perhaps especially if they are being used for the benefit of human beings. If sheep are going to be used to create clothing, their conditions must be conducive to their welfare. We might ban hunting altogether, at least if its sole purpose is human recreation. (Should animals be hunted and killed simply because people enjoy hunting and killing them? The issue might be different if hunting and killing could be justified as having important functions, such as control of populations or protection of human beings against animal violence.)"

Sunstein has since written to Cornyn and Chambliss to affirm his belief that the Second Amendment guarantees the right to bear arms for the purposes of hunting and self-defense. He's also stated that he wouldn't use his position to advance an animal-rights agenda. [, 9/9/09; emphasis added]


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