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Humane Society Legislative Fund endorses Rep. Tom Marino for Pennsylvania’s 12th Congressional District

WASHINGTON (July 2, 2018)—Today the Humane Society Legislative Fund, the nation’s leading political advocacy organization for animal welfare, announced its endorsement of Rep. Tom Marino for Pennsylvania’s 12th Congressional District.

Rep. Marino has led efforts in the 115th Congress to end the cruel practice of soring, in which unscrupulous trainers deliberately inflict pain on horses to create an exaggerated gait and gain an unfair competitive advantage at shows. He is a lead cosponsor of the Prevent All Soring Tactics Act to amend the industry's failed system of self-policing, ban the use of soring devices, and strengthen penalties. During recent House consideration of the Farm Bill, he proposed a similar amendment to crack down on soring.

"Tom Marino is a proven leader of commonsense measures to protect horses, dogs and other defenseless animals from heinous abuse," said Sara Amundson, president of the Humane Society Legislative Fund. "We urge animal-loving Pennsylvanians in the 12th district to re-elect him in November."

Among his efforts in the 115th Congress, Rep. Marino:

  • Voted for an amendment (H.Amdmt. 630) to the Farm Bill to clarify that federal prohibitions against dogfighting and cockfighting activity that affects interstate or foreign commerce apply to all U.S. jurisdictions, including the U.S. territories.
  • Cosponsored the Pet and Women Safety (PAWS) Act (H.R. 909) to protect the human and animal survivors of domestic violence and support the work of domestic violence shelters to accommodate pets.
  • Cosponsored the Prevent Animal Cruelty and Torture (PACT) Act (H.R. 1494) to make malicious animal cruelty a crime on federal property and in interstate commerce, and complement the state anti-cruelty laws.
  • Cosponsored the Dog and Cat Meat Trade Prohibition Act of 2017 (H.R. 1406) to prohibit the domestic slaughter, trade and import of dogs and cats for human consumption.

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