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Humane Society Legislative Fund Endorses U.S. Rep. Nan Hayworth

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. Nan Hayworth, R-N.Y., for re-election in the 18th Congressional District of New York. Citing her strong support of animal protection policies, the Humane Society Legislative Fund urges 18th District voters to support Hayworth.

“Nan Hayworth 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. “She is fighting for the values of kindness and compassion, and we urge voters who care about the humane treatment of animals to re-elect Nan Hayworth.”

Hayworth has been a strong supporter of animal protection. Among her efforts, she 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
  • Co-sponsored the Great Ape Protection and Cost Savings Act, H.R. 1513, to phase out use of chimpanzees in invasive research, retire the approximately 500 federally-owned chimpanzees to sanctuary, and save tens of millions of tax dollars from warehousing chimps in federally-funded laboratories
  • Urged the Food and Drug Administration to phase out the routine non-therapeutic use of antibiotics in farm animals – a common practice to promote growth and compensate for overcrowded, stressful, unsanitary conditions on factory farms – in order to maintain the effectiveness of antibiotics for treating sick people and animals (March 27, 2012)
  • 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)
  • 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)
  • 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 USDA positions through student loan forgiveness.

Media contact: Raúl Arce-Contreras, (301) 721-6440, hslfrcontreras@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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