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Humane Society Legislative Fund Endorses U.S. Rep. Bob Dold

WASHINGTON (Oct. 12, 2012) -- The Humane Society Legislative Fund, the nation’s leading political advocacy organization for animal welfare, announces its endorsement of U.S. Rep. Bob Dold, R-Illinois, for re-election in the 10th Congressional District of Illinois. Citing his strong support of animal protection policies, the Humane Society Legislative Fund urges 10th District voters to support Dold.

“Bob Dold has one of the strongest records in Congress of protecting animals from cruelty and abuse,” said Michael Markarian, president of the Humane Society Legislative Fund. “He is fighting for the values of kindness and compassion, and we urge voters who care about the humane treatment of animals to reelect Bob Dold.”

Dold has been a strong supporter of animal protection. Among his efforts, he has:

  • Co-sponsored the Animal Fighting Spectator Prohibition Act, H.R. 2492, to close a loophole in the federal animal fighting law by making it a crime to attend or take a minor to an organized dogfight or cockfight
  • Co-sponsored the Puppy Uniform Protection and Safety (PUPS) Act, H.R. 835, to crack down on abusive “puppy mills” in the U.S., where breeding dogs are often stacked in wire cages for years to produce litter after litter, without exercise, veterinary care, socialization or human companionship
  • Co-sponsored the Egg Products Inspection Act Amendments, H.R. 3798, to ban barren battery cages in the egg industry and improve the treatment of hundreds of millions of laying hens
  • Co-sponsored the American Horse Slaughter Prevention Act, H.R. 2966, to prohibit the long-distance transport (including export) of American horses for slaughter for human consumption in other countries where horse meat is considered a delicacy
  • Voted to save millions of taxpayer dollars by reducing the use of aerial gunning, toxic poisons, steel-jawed leghold traps, and other inhumane methods of killing predators as a subsidy for private livestock ranchers (H.AMDT.471/H.R. 2112)
  • Voted to cap agriculture subsidies and limit huge taxpayer giveaways to massive factory farms which jeopardize public health, the environment, and animal welfare, while also driving smaller and more humane, sustainable family farms out of business (H.AMDT.124/H.R.1) and (H.AMDT.478/H.R. 2112)
  • Opposed a devastating “extinction rider” that would have weakened the Endangered Species Act by preventing the listing of imperiled species and designation of critical habitat (H.AMDT.735/H.R.2584)
  • Voted to protect threatened polar bears in the Arctic and stop the import of sport-hunted polar bear trophies from Canada (H.AMDT.1008/H.R. 4089)
  • 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 U.S. Department of Agriculture positions through student loan forgiveness

Media contact: Pepper Van Tassell, (240) 751-0232, pvantassell@humanesociety.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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