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Humane Society Legislative Fund Endorses U.S. Sen. Debbie Stabenow in Michigan

WASHINGTON (Oct. 9, 2012) -- The Humane Society Legislative Fund, the nation’s leading political advocacy organization for animal welfare, announces its endorsement of U.S. Sen. Debbie Stabenow, D-Mich., for re-election to the U.S. Senate. Citing her strong leadership and support of animal protection policies, the Humane Society Legislative Fund urges Michigan voters to support Stabenow.

“As chairwoman of the Senate Agriculture Committee, Debbie Stabenow is in a special place to influence policies to protect animals from cruelty and abuse and to find common-sense solutions to some of the problems animals face,” said Michael Markarian, president of the Humane Society Legislative Fund. “We are grateful for her support of measures to crack down on animal fighting and also to improve the treatment of laying hens on industrial-style egg farms.”

Among her efforts, Senator Stabenow has:

  • Co-sponsored and held a committee hearing on the Egg Products Inspection Act Amendments of 2012, S.3239, which would improve the treatment of millions of egg-laying hens and provide a secure and stable future for U.S. egg farmers
  • Supported and led an effort to include a provision in the 2012 Farm Bill to close a loophole in the federal animal fighting law by making it a crime to attend or take a child to a dogfight or cockfight (S.Amdt. 2363/S. 3240)
  • Co-sponsored the Animal Fighting Enforcement Prohibition Act, which was signed into law in 2007 and strengthened the penalties for illegal dogfighting and cockfighting, making it a felony to transport animals across state lines for these gruesome and barbaric fights (S.261)
  • 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.

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