The Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association (TSCRA) today expressed disappointment after the Senate confirmed animal rights advocate Cass Sunstein as the Administrator of the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs (OIRA) for the Obama Administration. As the Administration's "Regulatory Czar," Sunstein will be responsible for approving all the rules and regulations proposed by federal agencies.

"TSCRA is very concerned that Sunstein, a vocal animal rights activist, will allow his personal feelings against animal agriculture to shape federal regulations that will ultimately harm the cattle industry," said TSCRA President and rancher Dave Scott. "We want to thank Senators Hutchison and Cornyn for voting against his confirmation."

Sunstein was confirmed by a Senate vote of 57 to 40.

Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association is a 132-year-old trade organization and is the largest livestock association in Texas. TSCRA has more than 15,000 members who manage approximately 4 million head of cattle on 51.5 million acres of range and pasture land, primarily in Texas and Oklahoma. TSCRA provides law enforcement services, livestock inspection, legislative and regulatory advocacy, insurance services and educational opportunities for its members and the industry.