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Humane Society Legislative Fund Endorses Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen for Re-Election to Florida’s 27th Congressional District

WASHINGTON (October 4, 2016)—The Humane Society Legislative Fund, the nation’s leading political advocacy organization for animal welfare, announces its endorsement of Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, R-Florida, for re-election to the U.S. House of Representatives. Citing her strong leadership and advocacy on animal protection policies, the HSLF urges voters in Florida’s 27th Congressional District to support Rep. Ros-Lehtinen in November’s general election.

“Ileana Ros-Lehtinen understands the fight for animal welfare,” said Sara Amundson, executive director of the HSLF. “Animals are lucky to have such an effective ally in Congress. We urge voters in the 27th District who care about the humane treatment of animals to support Rep. Ros-Lehtinen for re-election.”

Rep. Ros-Lehtinen was awarded the HSLF Legislative Leader Award in 2008 and in 2015. She consistently earns strong ratings in the HSLF Humane Scorecard, which grades lawmakers based on their support for animal protection.

Among her efforts in the 114th Congress, Rep. Ros-Lehtinen:

  • Sponsored the Pet and Women Safety (PAWS) Act (H.R. 1258) to protect the human and animal victims of domestic violence and support the work of battered women’s shelters to accommodate pets;
  • Cosponsored the Prevent All Soring Tactics (PAST) Act (H.R. 3268) to strengthen the federal law against the “soring” of show horses—using caustic chemicals and other painful substances to injure the horses’ hooves and legs to induce a high-stepping gait;
  • Cosponsored the Safeguard American Food Exports (SAFE) Act (H.R. 1942) to prohibit the slaughter and export of horses for human consumption overseas;
  • Supported the Frank R. Lautenberg Chemical Safety for the 21st Century Act (H.R. 2576), to update chemical safety tests and reduce or eliminate the testing of tens of thousands of chemicals on animals;
  • Opposed measures to substantially weaken the Endangered Species Act and strip federal protections from wolves and other imperiled species.

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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