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Farewell, Ted Kennedy

Written by PETA | August 26, 2009
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Ted Kennedy

With the passing of Sen. Edward Kennedy, animals—and the people who care about them—have lost an outstanding advocate and friend.

In his more than four decades in the Senate, Kennedy proved to be a strong voice for the protection of animals. Animal-friendly legislation championed by Sen. Kennedy included bills to curtail the overuse of antibiotics on farmed animals, end commercial whaling and the illegal trade in whale meat, prevent the slaughter of horses in North America, validate non-animal methods for testing products and chemicals, and raise the penalty for forcing dogs, roosters, and other animals to fight to the death from a misdemeanor to a felony.

In recent years, Sen. Kennedy’s own dogs, Splash and Sunny, were constant presences to Capitol Hill, and Kennedy authored a children’s book from Splash’s viewpoint called My Senator and Me: A Dog’s-Eye View of Washington, D.C. In the wake of evacuations following Hurricane Katrina, during which people were often forced to leave beloved companions behind, Sen. Kennedy co-sponsored the PETS Act, calling for disaster plans to include animals. “I wouldn’t leave the house without Sunny and Splash,” he said. “It’s no surprise that so many people in New Orleans flat-out refused to be rescued if they couldn’t take their pets with them.”

As a tribute to this extraordinary man, let us keep his love of animals alive and carry on his legacy of helping them by practicing kindness and compassion toward all animals every day. For more information and ideas, please visit

Written by Shawna Flavell

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  • Elphaba says:

    Come on guys. I agree Kucinich is the man but the animals need all the help they can get in Washington and everywhere. The Obama dog was a disappointment obviously but Ted Kennedy deserves to be respected for being proactive in making changes for all who suffer when most politicians can’t be bothered to think about animals at all.

  • Betty Mack says:

    Goodbye Teddy. Thankyou for your support on the cruelty inflicted on apes in the testing labs. Miss you Betty

  • Rev. Meg Schramm says:

    Mary Jo Kopeckne can finally rest in peace.

  • Chris says:

    I have never been crazy about Ted Kennedy’s politics but finding out about his stance on some animal issues does cause him to rise in my esteem.

  • AAG says:

    I have to agree with Brien only DK walks the walk. I am a conservative and there are many things I disagree with TK. Although TK had a hand in some bills for animals he didn’t go far enough imo because he is NOT a vegan like DK. What about vegan options for schoolkids in MA?? More humane education in MA? Brien C’s comment says it all for me.

  • Brien Comerford says:

    The sole ethical vegan in Congress is Dennis Kucinich. He’s the only congressional member who walks the talk.

  • Curtis says:

    RIP Ted Kennedy! I’m watching tribute coverage on FOX News Channel right now.

  • Jodi says:

    While I am a conservative for the most part I do admire Senator Kennedy for his position on animals. I definitely think this issue should be his legacy.

  • ela says:

    i didn’t know he was a friend to the animals. I felt very sad to hear about his death though. I suspected he might be an animal lover as well as a humanitarian. Rest In Peace Teddy.

  • Aneliese says:

    Rest in peace Mr. Kennedy.