Politician Spotlight: Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez

Suzanne Grandt

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s ascent within the Democratic Party has been incredible to observe over the last few months. She quickly transcended into the spotlight due to her much deserved victory in New York’s 14th Congressional District, which unseated Joe Crowley, the fourth-ranking House Democrat. After securing victory in the general election, she has made history. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is the youngest woman elected to Congress, at just 29 years old. This does not, by any means, imply that she is inexperienced, as many conservatives are suggesting. She is more than fit for the position, and I personally anticipate the impact she will have when she takes office.

A native of the Bronx, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez was born in October of 1989 and spent her early years there. Her family later moved to Yorktown Heights, in Westchester County so she could access a better school district. She graduated from Yorktown High School in 2007 and went on to study International Relations and Economics at Boston University, graduating cum laude in 2011.

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Animal Rights Activists and Movements Working to Change the World

Animal Rights, Suzanne Grandt

Animals, both domestic and wild, are sentient beings who think, feel, love, and communicate. As such, they are deserving of our love, respect, and protection. Whether a companion animal, a farm animal, or a wild animal, there is much that humans can do to enrich and defend the amazing creatures that we share our lives and planet with.

Animal rights activists play a vital role both in bringing the plight of suffering animals to widespread attention and in changing policies so that the rights of animas are honored. There are top animal rights activists in many fields, including the entertainment industry and the scientific community. We can learn valuable lessons from all of them.

There are many contemporary celebrities using their platforms and money to fight for animal rights. Actress Tippi Hedren established The Shambala Preserve in 1983 as a sanctuary for exotic felines such as lions and servals, and she helped in the passage of The Captive Wildlife Safety Act (2003) which limits private ownership of big cats in the USA.

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Why is Experimenting on Animals Immoral and Unproductive

Animal Rights, Suzanne Grandt

The rise of social media has provided platforms that allow consumers to criticize the practice of animal testing publicly. While the most commonly accepted reason for urging businesses to stop this practice is because it’s cruel, there are logical and scientifically sound reasons. When you consider these points, it becomes clear that animal testing is as fruitless as it is inhumane.
Animals Don’t Share Our Body Chemistry
Our bodies are so different that animals don’t get all of the same illnesses that affect humanity. This is especially true for genetic diseases. This is because our DNA is more advanced than animal DNA. More importantly, drugs and foods affect human differently and what may be toxic to humans may not adversely affect dogs, monkeys, or mice at all.
Results are Unreliable
The differences in our biological make-up, when compared to laboratory animals, can result in misleading conclusions. By way of an example, Vioxx was developed to treat the symptoms of arthritis and tested on laboratory monkeys. Researchers determined that the drug didn’t cause any harmful side effects and, therefore, it was determined to be safe for human use. When administered to people, Vioxx caused over 320,000 strokes and heart attacks. The drug is responsible for producing as many as 140,000 deaths throughout the world.

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Hong Kong Votes to End the Sale of Ivory

Animal Rights, Suzanne Grandt

Law enforcement officials in Hong Kong have placed a ban on sales of ivory. Environmentalists close to the matter say that the move will go along way to help put an end to elephant poaching in the country.

The Hong Kong Legislative Council voted 49-4 in favor of the new bill. The bill will officially go into effect in 2021 and will combat 150-years of legalized ivory trading in the territory. Following the three-year period, all sales of ivory in Hong Kong will become illegal. This new policy will shut down previous loopholes that allowed the sale of ‘antique’ ivory in the territory as long as it was produced prior to the 1970s.

Alex Hofford, of the group WildAid, says that Hong Kong has for a long time been ground zero for the ivory trade.

Hong Kong is an administrative region of China that governs itself. The region, for the most part, has followed the policies outlined by the International Trade of Endangered Species Convention. The convention banned the trade of ivory across the globe in 1990. The convention terms make an exception for trophies earned while hunting and antique ivory. Countries were given the responsibility to regulate the trade of these items on their own.

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Little-Known Facts About the Supreme Court

Law, Suzanne Grandt

Located at One First Street in Washington, D.C., is the Supreme Court Building. Nine justices, appointed by the President and confirmed by Senate, convene here to decide the highest-intensity cases in the United States. The group can be quite mysterious, so here are some little-known facts about the Supreme Court.

There is no requirement for the number of justices

There is no Constitutional requirement for the Supreme Court to have a specific number of justices. In fact, when gathering justices for the first iteration of the Supreme Court, President George Washington only appointed six individuals. According to FindLaw contributor Casey Sullivan, Esq., only three of those six were present in New York when the group first convened.

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