We have had the following (below) through this morning; and to be honest, we agree with much of it. But the American people have voted in a democracy; now they face the future under Trump leadership.
We see nothing positive for US animal welfare about the last days events. With wildlife killing sons, will Wolves and Coyotes be given better protection as they try to move South and breed in the West ? – no; no doubt there will be better legislation for hunters and wildlife killers – US wildlife has witnessed a very black day.
And knowing some of Trumps ‘advisors’; we will probably see a return to more or less nationwide ‘Ag Gag’ which will wipe over animal suffering in slaughterhouses etc and instead allow prosecution of those brave souls who go undercover to get the footage of abuse and animal suffering.
America; you have elected him; so now you sit and endure the political policies from a man who has no political experience; protecting gun owners and users; disregarding the environment and effectively only taking care of himself and his kind. Of course, you are all billionaires with top rate healthcare and all that; so no worries !!.
In Europe’s view, a very sad day.
We have woken up this morning to the most shocking news. An extreme nationalist has won the US presidential election on a campaign filled with racism, misogyny and hatred.
This is a very frightening day, first and foremost to people of colour and other minorities living in the United States. We express our solidarity with them, and urge them to stay strong and united through this nightmare.
But we need to do more than mourn. This election result is the consequence of decades of ‘market knows best’ economics, through which ordinary people have been valued only for their ability to make the richest richer still, and everything we value has been turned into a commodity to be traded in the global marketplace.
Inequality has soared to unprecedented levels, communities have been hollowed out, their voices marginalised, the planet is being pillaged and burnt – all in the name of profit. And when, in 2008, this system was demonstrated to be utterly unsustainable by the collapse of the banks, the poorest were forced to pick up the tab, while the super rich went about their business as usual.
Trump provides no answer to these problems. He is himself a billionaire tax avoider who flaunts his ill-gotten wealth as a badge of honour. But he has successfully played on the unhappiness and frustration of millions of people in the most despicable way imaginable. He has fuelled a wave of hatred aimed at those already marginalised and discriminated against.
That’s why the markets and elites will try to come to terms with Trump. But we cannot. We will resist everything he stands for. But we can only do that by building something better. Only in a society in which everyone has their needs met and which is built on openness, on community and on equality, can we truly defeat these ideas.
On a day like today, we can all feel weak and powerless. But by coming together we can be powerful. We’ve seen this only recently in our campaign to beat TTIP, the biggest trade deal the world has ever seen, despite the concerted efforts of an army of corporate lobbyists. And we see it in countless examples across the world from landless struggles in Latin America to those against sweatshops in south Asia and agribusiness in Africa. We win small victories every day.
We believe the humanity inside us will win out – if we stay strong, stay safe and stay together.
Thank you for your support.
Director of Global Justice Now