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Humane Society Legislative Fund Endorses Sen. Dick Durbin of Illinois for Re-Election

September 3, 2014

The Humane Society Legislative Fund, the nation’s leading political advocacy organization for animal welfare, announces its endorsement of Sen. Dick Durbin, D-Ill., for re-election to the U.S. Senate. Citing his support of animal protection policies, the HSLF urges Illinois voters to support Sen. Durbin in November’s general election.

“Majority Whip Durbin has been a strong supporter of legislation to protect animals from cruelty and abuse, and promoted the values of kindness and compassion to all creatures,” said Sara Amundson, executive director of the HSLF. “A vote to return Dick Durbin to the Senate is a vote for the humane treatment of all animals.”

Among his other efforts, in the 113th Congress Sen. Durbin:

Was the lead sponsor of the Puppy Uniform Protection and Safety (PUPS) Act (S. 395) to protect dogs and crack down on abusive puppy mills in the United States by regulating online puppy sellers under the federal Animal Welfare Act, and successfully worked with the U.S. Department of Agriculture to adopt this reform; 

  • Co-sponsored the Prevent All Soring Tactics (PAST) Act (S. 1406) 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 (S. 666) which was included in the 2014 Farm Bill, making it a federal crime to attend or bring a child to a dogfight or cockfight.
  • Co-sponsored the Safeguard American Food Exports Act (S.541) to prohibit the slaughter and export of horses for human consumption overseas.
  • Supported efforts to provide adequate funding for the enforcement of the Animal Welfare Act, Horse Protection Act, Humane Methods of Slaughter Act and federal animal fighting law, as well as for programs to address the needs of animals in disasters and to ease a shortage of veterinarians in rural and inner-city areas and at the U.S. Department of Agriculture through student loan forgiveness.

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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