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Humane Society Legislative Fund Endorses Mark Herring for Attorney General of Virginia

WASHINGTON (October 8, 2013) — The Humane Society Legislative Fund, the nation’s leading political advocacy organization for animal welfare, announces its endorsement of Mark Herring for Attorney General of Virginia. Herring has served in the Virginia State Senate since 2006 and has supported a number of important bills to protect animals from cruelty and abuse. His opponent, Mark Obenshain, has consistently voted against common sense, mainstream animal protection policies, such as those to crack down on animal fighting and puppy mills, and has often been one of only a handful of lawmakers in the Virginia State Senate to do so.

During his time as a State Senator, Herring:

  • Voted for legislation seeking to end the cruel and unsporting practice of “fox penning” in which packs of dogs are set upon captive foxes for entertainment. Mark Obenshain voted against the bill.
  • Voted for legislation allowing animal welfare organizations to operate trap, neuter and return programs for the humane management of feral cat populations. Mark Obenshain voted against the bill.
  • Voted to set standards for the care of dogs in large-scale commercial puppy mills. Mark Obenshain was one of only three state senators who voted against the bill.
  • Voted for legislation to strengthen Virginia’s penalties against illegal animal fighting and to make cockfighting a felony offense. Mark Obenshain was one of only two state senators who voted against the bill.

“The Attorney General has an important role to play in enforcing the Commonwealth’s animal protection laws, and sending a message to the General Assembly and the public when gaps in the legal framework need to be addressed,” said Sara Amundson, executive director of the Humane Society Legislative Fund. “We urge Virginia voters who care about animal protection to reject Mark Obenshain’s extreme record, and to support Mark Herring for Attorney General.”

Media contact: Heather Sullivan, (240) 477-2251,


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