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Humane Society Legislative Fund Endorses Rep. Lou Barletta of Pennsylvania for Re-Election to Congress

September 3, 2014

The Humane Society Legislative Fund, the nation’s leading political advocacy organization for animal welfare, announces its endorsement of U.S. Rep. Lou Barletta, R-Pa., for re-election to the U.S. House of Representatives. Citing his support of animal protection policies, the HSLF urges voters in Pennsylvania’s 11th Congressional District to vote for Rep. Barletta in November’s general election.

“Congressman Barletta has been a strong supporter of animal welfare laws,” said Sara Amundson, executive director of the HSLF. “A vote to return Lou Barletta as a member of Congress is a vote for the humane treatment of all animals.”

In the current 113th Congress, Rep. Barletta:

  • Sponsored a resolution (H.Res. 433) calling for an end to the gassing of stray dogs and cats in animal shelters.
  • Co-sponsored the Prevent All Soring Tactics (PAST) Act (H.R. 1518) to strengthen the federal law against the “soring” of show horses—using caustic chemicals and other painful substances to injure the horses’ hooves and legs to induce a high-stepping gait.
  • Co-sponsored the Animal Fighting Spectator Prohibition Act (H.R. 366) to close a loophole in the federal animal fighting law by making it a crime to attend or bring a child to a dogfight or cockfight.
  • Co-sponsored the Safeguard American Food Exports Act (H.R. 1094) to prohibit the slaughter and export of horses for human consumption overseas.

Media Contact: Martin Montorfano, (202) 676-2347,


HSLF is a nonpartisan organization that evaluates candidates based only on a single criterion: where they stand on animal welfare. HSLF does not judge candidates based on party affiliation or any other issue.

The Humane Society Legislative Fund is a social welfare organization incorporated under section 501(c)(4) of the Internal Revenue Code and formed in 2004 as a separate lobbying affiliate of The Humane Society of the United States. The HSLF works to pass animal protection laws at the state and federal level, to educate the public about animal protection issues, and to support humane candidates for office. Visit us on all our channels: on the web at, on our blog at, on Facebook at and on Twitter at

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