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Humane Society Legislative Fund Announces Endorsements for City Elections in Los Angeles and West Hollywood

WASHINGTON (Feb. 27, 2013) -- The Humane Society Legislative Fund, the nation’s leading political advocacy organization for animal welfare, announces its endorsements for the March 5 city elections in Los Angeles and West Hollywood. Citing their strong support of animal protection policies, HSLF urges voters to support Eric Garcetti for Mayor of Los Angeles, Mike Feuer for City Attorney of Los Angeles, Bob Blumenfield for Los Angeles City Council and Jeffrey Prang for Mayor of West Hollywood.

"In order to have humane laws, we need to elect humane lawmakers," said Sara Amundson, executive director of Humane Society Legislative Fund. "We urge Los Angeles and West Hollywood voters to elect candidates who care about the humane treatment of animals."

Eric Garcetti, current Los Angeles City Council member running for Mayor, has helped usher through many humane ordinances, including a ban on declawing of cats as well as a moratorium on the retail sale of dogs and cats from commercial mills. Garcetti has also helped pass several animal-friendly resolutions, recognizing Elephant Awareness Day and Meatless Monday, and supported a state law to ban hound hunting of bears and bobcats.

State Assemblymember Mike Feuer, running for City Attorney of Los Angeles, is a member of the legislative animal protection caucus and has been a leader on numerous animal protection bills. Feuer has consistently received a 100 percent score on the California Humane Scorecard and has repeatedly voted to strengthen animal abuse laws, such as increasing the penalties related to dogfighting and cockfighting and prohibiting criminals convicted of animal abuse from owning animals for a specified period of time after their conviction.

State Assemblymember Bob Blumenfield, running for Los Angeles City Council, is a founding member of the legislative animal protection caucus and has a 100 percent voting record on animal protection issues. As chair of the Assembly Budget Committee, Blumenfield provided leadership in helping to prevent the repeal of the Hayden Law, which requires a holding period for dogs and cats at animal shelters.

Jeffrey Prang, running for re-election as Mayor of West Hollywood, has championed a number of animal protection policies. Prang led a resolution to ban pet rental franchises from operating within the city and co-authored an ordinance to prohibit the retail sale of dogs and cats from mills. Prang has supported West Hollywood’s ban on the sale of animal fur products within the city.

Media contact: Kaitlin Sanderson, (301) 721-6463, ksanderson@hslf.org

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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 hslf.org, on our blog at animalsandpolitics.com, on Facebook at facebook.com/humanelegislation and on Twitter at twitter.com/HSLegFund.

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