2018 Endorsements

City Council Members in Oakland, Berkeley, and Alameda

The East Bay Animal PAC membership has voted, and we’re proud to endorse the following candidates in Oakland, Berkeley, and Alameda for the November 2018 election. Please visit this blog post to grab and share graphics to support these candidates!

  • Libby Schaaf — Oakland Mayor
  • Abel Guillen — Oakland City Council, District 2
  • Natasha Middleton — Oakland City Council, District 6
  • Shanthi Gonzales — Oakland School Board, District 6
  • Igor Tregub — Berkeley City Council, District 1
  • Kate Harrison — Berkeley City Council, District 4
  • Rigel Robinson —Berkeley City Council, District 7
  • Lori Droste —Berkeley City Council, District 8
  • John Knox White — Alameda City Council

Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf

(Pictured above: Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf, founding board members Colleen Patrick-Goudreau and Tim Anderson, and PAC member David Goudreau)

East Bay Animal PAC announced today that its Board of Directors and voting members unanimously voted to endorse Libby Schaaf for a second term as Mayor of Oakland.

Mayor Schaaf has a long-standing commitment to promoting the welfare of Oakland’s animal residents. From creating and supporting animal-friendly legislation as an Oakland city councilmember to her ongoing support of Oakland Animal Services and Oakland Veg Week, Mayor Schaaf has demonstrated an alignment with the mission of the East Bay Animal PAC. “There is much more work to be done for animals, and we believe of all candidates for the office of Mayor of Oakland, Libby Schaaf is the most likely to achieve meaningful outcomes for Oakland animals,” said Michael Colbruno, co-founder and chair of the board of East Bay Animal PAC.


Yes on Prop 12

The East Bay Animal PAC is pleased to endorse YES on Prop 12. Prop 12 would require cage-free housing and improve space requirements in California for veal calves, mother pigs, and egg laying hens who are typically confined in tiny cages on factory farms. It would also ensure that veal, pork, and eggs sold in the state come from operations meeting these modest standards.

The vast majority of egg-laying hens, mother pigs, and veal calves caught up in the food system come from animals unable to engage in important natural behaviors, virtually immobilizing them for the duration of their existence. This important legislation would make it illegal to subject these highly intelligent, sensitive animals to this extreme confinement and illegal to sell products that come from operations that use those intensive confinement practices.

Farm animals and California consumers deserve protection from such inhumane and substandard products in the marketplace. Many other states and food retailers have adopted cage-free standards – it’s time for California to to follow suit and become a leader with cage-free standards.

Learn more and take action at http://preventcrueltyca.com.

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Dan Kalb

The East Bay Animal PAC overwhelmingly endorsed Dan Kalb in the race for Assembly District 15, which encompasses Richmond, Berkeley, El Cerrito, Albany, Piedmont, as well as parts of Oakland and Contra Costa County. Kalb has been a leading voice on the Oakland City Council in defending the rights of animals, including spearheading a ban on plastic straws, which are harmful to wildlife and waterways, and a ban on bullhooks, which are used to coerce elephants to perform tricks in the circus. The bullhook ban led Ringling Brothers to stop using elephants in its shows nationwide. Kalb has also been a leading voice regionally and statewide in protecting our parks, waterways and open spaces.


Nancy O’Malley

The East Bay Animal PAC, which was founded earlier this year, has made its first formal candidate endorsement. The PAC voted unanimously to endorse incumbent Alameda County District Attorney Nancy O’Malley in her bid for re-election.

Nancy O’Malley addressed the group in July and spoke to the East Bay Animal PAC general membership about animal issues from her unique perspective in law enforcement. She discussed how her office responds to animal abuse, the link between animal abuse and domestic violence and the the roles that animals play in helping to heal victims of sexual abuse.

“District Attorney Nancy O’Malley has been a nationally recognized figure on issues related to domestic violence, women and children,” stated East Bay Animal PAC chair Michael Colbruno. “She has now expanded those groundbreaking efforts to include protections for animals, as well as identifying the links between those who abuse animals before they turn to domestic violence. It is critical that she is returned to office where she can continue protecting the most vulnerable members of our community.”

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