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Humane Society Legislative Fund Endorses Rep. Jeff Denham of California for Re-Election to Congress

September 2, 2014

The Humane Society Legislative Fund, the nation’s leading political advocacy organization for animal welfare, announces its endorsement of Rep. Jeff Denham, R-Calif., for re-election to the U.S. House of Representatives. Citing Denham's strong leadership and support of animal protection policies, the HSLF urges voters in California’s 10th Congressional District to re-elect him in November’s general election.

“Jeff Denham is an effective lawmaker and is leading the charge on some of the most important animal protection issues in Washington,” said Wayne Pacelle, executive vice president of the HSLF. “Voters in the 10th District who care about the humane treatment of animals should return Representative Denham to the House to continue his efforts to fight cruelty and abuse.”

In the current 113th Congress, Rep. Denham:

  • Is the lead sponsor of the Pets on Trains Act (H.R. 2066) to require Amtrak to establish a pet policy allowing companion animals to travel with their owners on certain passenger trains.
  • Led the effort in the House Agriculture Committee to defeat the dangerous and overreaching “King amendment,” which threatened to nullify hundreds of state and local laws on food safety, animal welfare and agriculture, and was nixed from the 2014 Farm Bill.
  • Is a lead sponsor of the Egg Products Inspection Act Amendments (H.R. 1731), representing an agreement between animal welfare groups and the egg industry to improve the treatment of hundreds of millions of laying hens and provide stability for egg farmers and consumers.
  • 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), which was included in the 2014 Farm Bill, making it a federal crime to attend or bring a child to a dogfight or cockfight.

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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