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Humane Society Legislative Fund endorses Veronica Escobar for Congress

WASHINGTON (February 27, 2018) —Today the Humane Society Legislative Fund, the nation’s leading political advocacy organization for animal welfare, announced its endorsement of Veronica Escobar for Texas’ 16th Congressional District.

As a County Commissioner, Escobar ensured important animal welfare programs had the resources they needed to succeed. She increased access to low-cost spay-neuter programs for needy families and provided funding for inmates to train unclaimed animals to prepare them for adoption so that more dogs could find loving homes.

"Veronica Escobar has been a champion for animals throughout her life," said Sara Amundson, executive director of the Humane Society Legislative Fund. "The Humane Society Legislative Fund is excited to support her candidacy and work with her to pass important animal welfare legislation."

Escobar has also committed to work on important animal welfare issues including:

  • Supporting the Preventing Animal Cruelty and Torture (PACT) Act to strengthen the federal animal crush video law enacted in 2010.
  • Supporting the Dog and Cat Meat Trade Prohibition Act to ban the commercial slaughter of dogs or cats for human consumption.
  • Supporting the Pet and Women Safety (PAWS) Act to make it harder for abusers to prey on their partners and their pets by allowing pets to be protected across state lines when restraining orders are issued, and authorizing grant money so domestic violence shelters can accommodate pets.
  • Supporting the Puppies Assisting Wounded Servicemembers (PAWS) Act to make grants to eligible nonprofit organizations that provide trained service dogs to veterans with severe post-traumatic stress disorder.
  • Supporting the Prevent All Soring Tactics (PAST) Act to strengthen the federal law against the “soring” of show horses, which involves using caustic chemicals and other painful substances to injure the horses’ hooves and legs to induce a high-stepping gait.
  • Supporting the Humane Cosmetics Act to prohibit the manufacture and sale of animal-tested cosmetics.

Media contact: Anna West, (301) 258-1518,


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, on our blog at, on Facebook at and on Twitter at

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