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Humane Society Legislative Fund Endorses Guy Reschenthaler for Pennsylvania’s 14th Congressional District

WASHINGTON (August 28, 2018)—Today the Humane Society Legislative Fund, the nation’s leading political advocacy organization for animal welfare, announced its endorsement of Guy Reschenthaler for Pennsylvania’s 14th Congressional District.

As a District Judge, Reschenthaler noted that the highest penalty for animal abuse in the commonwealth was a $300 summary citation. Upon his election to the state Senate, he supported Libre’s Law, which increased penalties for animal abuse. He has also introduced Senate Bill 1154, which would protect consumers and animals by ending the sale of commercially bred puppies at pet stores, since the vast majority of dogs sold by pet stores come from inhumane puppy mills.

"Guy Reschenthaler has a long history of being tough on crime when it comes to animal abuse and neglect," said Sara Amundson, president of the Humane Society Legislative Fund. "The Humane Society Legislative Fund is pleased to announce our support, and we encourage voters who love animals to back his election."

Reschenthaler has pledged to support important federal animal welfare issues, including:

  • Supporting the Prevent Animal Cruelty and Torture Act (H.R. 1494) to make malicious animal cruelty a crime on federal property and in interstate commerce, and complement the state anti-cruelty laws.
  • Supporting the Safeguard American Food Exports Act (H.R. 113) to prohibit the slaughter and export of horses for human consumption overseas.
  • Supporting the Dog and Cat Meat Trade Prohibition Act of 2017 (H.R. 1406) to prohibit the domestic slaughter, trade and import of dogs and cats for human consumption.
  • Supporting the Pet and Women Safety Act (H.R. 909) to protect the human and animal survivors of domestic violence and support the work of domestic violence shelters to accommodate pets.
  • Supporting the Puppies Assisting Wounded Servicemembers Act (H.R. 2327) to make grants to eligible nonprofit organizations that provide trained service dogs to veterans with severe post-traumatic stress disorder.
  • Supporting the Prevent All Soring Tactics Act (H.R. 1847) to strengthen the federal law against the “soring” of Tennessee Walking horses in shows—using caustic chemicals and other painful substances to injure the horses’ hooves and legs to induce a high-stepping gait.
  • Supporting the Puppy Protection Act (H.R. 4693) to upgrade standards of care for dogs in large-scale commercial breeding operations.
  • Supporting the Welfare of our Friends Act (H.R. 4691) to prevent problem dog breeders from receiving USDA licenses.

Media Contact: press@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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