Castro’s Animal Welfare Plan Earns Positive Reviews

Former San Antonio mayor and Housing and Urban Development secretary Julian Castro recently announced an ambitious animal welfare plan. A national survey found that the plan generally earns positive reviews, though it is not a top-tier issue.

  • 89% at least somewhat favor a federal ban on the private, unlicensed ownership of big cats like lions and tigers
  • 87% favor making animal cruelty a federal felony
  • 81% support federal regulations defining mandatory space minimums for farm animals
  • 78% favor a federal ban on the manufacture and sale of cosmetics that have been tested on animals
  • 76% favor requiring homeless shelters that receive federal support to take in pets belonging to homeless individuals
  • 75% support requiring new federally funded affordable housing units to be pet friendly
  • 74% like the idea of providing $40 million in federal funding to help defray the costs of vaccinating, spaying and neutering animals
  • 66% favor a federal ban on the euthanasia of domestic dogs and cats in shelters

Still, just 28% consider the issue to be Very Important in their voting decision. That’s far below the level of interest in more than a dozen other issues tracked regularly by Only 13% say they are Very Closely following recent news stories about the Preventing Animal Cruelty and Torture Act (see full crosstab results).

Castro has consistently received support from just 1-2% of potential Democratic primary voters. He has done well enough to qualify for the 3rd Democratic presidential debate. Given the large field of contenders, adding even a small percentage of voters with a narrowly targeted proposal on pet policy could be significant.

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The national survey of 1,002 Registered Voters was conducted August 21-22, 2019 by and HarrisX, a polling company specializing in online surveys (see Methodology and a Demographic Profile of the sample). Results from the full sample have +/-3.1 Margin of Sampling Error with a 95% level of confidence.

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