WASHINGTON (October 11, 2016)—The Humane Society Legislative Fund, the nation’s leading political advocacy organization for animal welfare, announces its endorsement of Representative Tony Cárdenas, D-California, for re-election to the U.S. House of Representatives. Citing his strong leadership and advocacy on animal protection policies, the HSLF urges voters in California’s 29th Congressional District to support Rep. Cárdenas for re-election.
“Rep. Cárdenas is a true champion for animals, leading on multiple pieces of animal protection and animal welfare legislation,” said Sara Amundson, executive director of the HSLF. “Voters in the 29th District who care about the humane treatment of animals should support Tony Cárdenas for re-election.”
Each year, HSLF issues a “Legislative Scorecard” that rates legislators based on their support for pro-animal legislation. In 2015, Rep. Cárdenas scored a “100+” based on his cosponsorship of all priority legislation as well as his leadership on the Humane Cosmetics Act.
In the 114th Congress, Rep. Cárdenas:
- Introduced the Humane Cosmetics Act (H.R. 2858) to phase out the testing of cosmetics on live animals and the sale of newly animal-tested cosmetics;
- Promoted “Meatless Monday” through his congressional offices to help spread the word about reducing the number of animals suffering in factory farms;
- Cosponsored the Pet and Women Safety (PAWS) Act (H.R. 1258) to protect the human and animal victims of domestic violence and support the work of battered women’s shelters to accommodate pets;
- Cosponsored the Prevent Animal Cruelty and Torture (PACT) Act (H.R. 2293) to make malicious animal cruelty a crime on federal property and in interstate commerce, and complement the state anti-cruelty laws;
- Cosponsored the Prevent All Soring Tactics (PAST) Act (H.R. 3268) 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 a high-stepping gait;
- Cosponsored the Safeguard American Food Exports (SAFE) Act (H.R. 1942) to prohibit the slaughter and export of horses for human consumption overseas;
- Supported the Frank R. Lautenberg Chemical Safety for the 21st Century Act (H.R. 2576), to update chemical safety tests and reduce or eliminate the testing of tens of thousands of chemicals on animals;
- 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;
- Opposed a harmful rider that sought to block the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service from implementing new rules to crack down on the domestic ivory trade and help stop the poaching and slaughter of elephants for their tusks;
- Opposed measures to substantially weaken the Endangered Species Act and strip federal protections from wolves and other imperiled species;
- Opposed the so-called Sportsmen’s Heritage and Recreational Enhancement (SHARE) Act (H.R. 2406), a grab bag of the most extreme practices involving trophy hunting and commercial trapping of wild animals.
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