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Humane Society Legislative Fund Endorses Sen. Kelly Ayotte for Re-Election to the U.S. Senate in New Hampshire

WASHINGTON (September 27, 2016)—The Humane Society Legislative Fund, the nation’s leading political advocacy organization for animal welfare, announces its endorsement of Sen. Kelly Ayotte, R-New Hampshire, for re-election to the U.S. Senate. Citing her strong record as a leader and advocate for animal protection, the HSLF urges New Hampshire voters to support Sen. Ayotte in November’s general election.

Sen. Ayotte is a leading voice for animals in the U.S. Congress, working to protect pets, horses, and other creatures from cruelty and abuse. She received a perfect score of “100” in HSLF’s 2015 Humane Scorecard, which grades legislators based on their support for welfare protection issues.

“Kelly Ayotte has been a top proponent of animal protection and animal welfare issues in the U.S. Senate,” Sara Amundson, executive director of the HSLF. “We are pleased to endorse her for another term, and encourage all New Hampshire voters who care about the humane treatment of animals to also support Sen. Ayotte in November.”

In the 114th Congress, Sen. Ayotte:

  • Is the lead sponsor of the Pet and Women Safety (PAWS) Act (S. 1559), to protect the human and animal victims of domestic violence and support the work of battered women’s shelters to accommodate pets;
  • Is the lead sponsor of the Prevent All Soring Tactics (PAST) Act (S. 1121), 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 an artificially high-stepping gait;
  • Cosponsored the Prevent Animal Cruelty and Torture (PACT) Act (S. 1831) to make malicious animal cruelty a crime on federal property and in interstate commerce, and complement the state anti-cruelty laws;
  • Cosponsored the Safeguard American Food Exports (SAFE) Act (S. 1214), to prohibit the slaughter and export of horses for human consumption overseas;
  • Supported funding for 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: 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.

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