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Humane Society Legislative Fund endorses Rep. Vern Buchanan for Florida’s 16th 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. Vern Buchanan for Florida’s 16th Congressional District.

As co-chair of the Congressional Animal Protection Caucus, Rep. Buchanan is one of the foremost voices on animal protection in the Capitol. He leads the effort to end the slaughter of American horses for human consumption overseas by sponsoring H.R. 113, the Safeguard American Food Exports Act. Additionally, he is a lead sponsor of the Dog and Cat Meat Prohibition Act which will ban the domestic slaughter, trade and import of dogs and cats for human consumption.

“Vern Buchanan is a true champion of animal protection in the U.S. Capitol,” said Sara Amundson, president of the Humane Society Legislative Fund. “We urge humane voters in Florida’s 16th district to join us in enthusiastically supporting his re-election.”

Among his other efforts in the 115th Congress, Rep. Buchanan has:

  • 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 Humane Cosmetics Act (H.R. 2790), to phase out the testing of cosmetics on live animals and the sale of newly animal-tested cosmetics.
  • Cosponsored the Prevent All Soring Tactics (PAST) Act (H.R. 1847) 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.

Media Contact: press@hslf.org

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HSLF is a nonpartisan organization that evaluates candidates based only on a single criterion: where they stand on animal welfare. HSLF does not judge candidates based on party affiliation or any other issue.

The Humane Society Legislative Fund is a social welfare organization incorporated under section 501(c)(4) of the Internal Revenue Code and formed in 2004 as a separate lobbying affiliate of The Humane Society of the United States. The HSLF works to pass animal protection laws at the state and federal level, to educate the public about animal protection issues, and to support humane candidates for office. Visit us on all our channels: on the web at hslf.org, on our blog at animalsandpolitics.com, on Facebook at facebook.com/humanelegislation and on Twitter at twitter.com/HSLegFund.

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