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Humane Society Legislative Fund Congratulates Matt Gaetz for Prevailing in FL-1’s Republican Congressional Primary

WASHINGTON (Aug. 30, 2016) – The Humane Society Legislative Fund, the nation’s leading political advocacy organization for animal welfare, congratulates Matt Gaetz for his commanding win in the Republican primary in the First Congressional District in Florida tonight.

“Matt Gaetz is a leader on mainstream animal protection issues, and we’re delighted he’s one giant step closer to winning a seat in Congress,” said Wayne Pacelle, executive vice president of the HSLF. “We know he’ll be a voice for animal welfare and fiscal restraint if he prevails in November.”

Throughout his legal career and subsequent tenure in the Florida House of Representatives, Matt Gaetz has been a strong and reliable champion for the cause of animal protection. An outspoken leader in the ongoing fight to end Florida’s cruel state-sponsored greyhound racing program, Gaetz recently cosponsored legislation to require the reporting of all injuries sustained by greyhounds on Florida racetracks. He co-introduced and passed H.B. 851, which updated Florida’s animal protection laws to hold abusers accountable for every act of cruelty they commit. As an attorney, he sued Okaloosa County to stop a “pet tax.”

The HSLF urges voters in Florida’s First Congressional District to support Gaetz in November’s general election.

Media Contact: John Cleveland, (202) 676-2338,


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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