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Humane Society Legislative Fund Endorses Martin Heinrich for U.S. Senate

WASHINGTON (October 3, 2018)—Today the Humane Society Legislative Fund, the nation’s leading political advocacy organization for animal welfare, announced its endorsement of Martin Heinrich of New Mexico for re-election to the U.S. Senate.

Sen. Heinrich led the charge in the Senate to oppose H.J.Res. 69, a Congressional Review Act resolution that allowed egregiously cruel and unsporting hunting methods on more than 76 million acres of National Wildlife Refuges in Alaska. He also vocally opposed the administration’s efforts to eliminate and diminish national monuments, which are home to numerous wildlife species.

"Sen. Heinrich is a leading voice in the Senate for the protection of our wildlife," said Sara Amundson, president of the Humane Society Legislative Fund. "The Humane Society Legislative Fund is pleased to announce our endorsement, and we encourage voters who love animals to back his re-election."

Sen. Heinrich supports important federal animal welfare legislation while opposing bills that would harm animals, including:

  • Voted for Senate Amendment 3074 to the Farm Bill, to correct abuses that have undermined agriculture promotion programs and to prevent funds intended to promote American agricultural products from being misused to lobby against animal welfare reforms and family farmer interests.
  • Voted against House Joint Resolution 69, a Congressional Review Act resolution to revoke a U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service rule that prohibits specific egregiously cruel and unsporting hunting methods on more than 76 million acres of National Wildlife Refuges in Alaska.
  • Cosponsored the Pet and Women Safety Act (S.322) to protect the human and animal victims of domestic violence and support the work of domestic violence shelters to accommodate pets.
  • Cosponsored the Shark Fin Trade Elimination Act (S.793) to prohibit the trade of shark fins, for which sharks are hunted and their maimed bodies returned to the ocean.
  • Cosponsored the Prevent All Soring Tactics Act (S. 2957) 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.

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