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Humane Society Legislative Fund Endorses Rep. Jared Polis of Colorado for Re-Election to Congress

WASHINGTON (Oct. 28, 2014) -- The Humane Society Legislative Fund, the nation’s leading political advocacy organization for animal welfare, announces its endorsement of Rep. Jared Polis, D-Colo., 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 Colorado’s 2nd Congressional District to support Rep. Polis in November’s general election.

“Jared Polis is working to promote the values of kindness and compassion to all creatures, and he has been a leading voice in Congress calling for an end to ivory poaching,” said Sara Amundson, executive director of the HSLF. “Voters in the 2nd District who care about the humane treatment of animals should support Jared Polis for re-election.”

Among his efforts in the 113th Congress, Rep. Polis:

  • Led a group letter to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service urging the Agency to crack down on the illegal poaching of elephants for the ivory trade.
  • Co-sponsored the Prevent All Soring Tactics Act (H.R.1518) 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.
  • Co-sponsored the Captive Primate Safety Act (H.R.2856) to prohibit the interstate commerce in chimpanzees and other primates in the exotic pet trade, which poses a danger to animal welfare and to public health and safety.
  • Co-sponsored the Safeguard American Food Exports Act (H.R.1094) to prohibit the slaughter and export of horses for human consumption overseas.
  • Co-sponsored the Egg Products Inspection Act Amendments (H.R. 1731), to ban barren battery cages in the egg industry and improve the treatment of hundreds of millions of laying hens.
  • Co-sponsored the Animal Fighting Spectator Prohibition Act (H.R.366), which was included in the 2014 Farm Bill and made it a federal crime to attend or bring a child to a dogfight or cockfight.
  • Signed a group letter opposing the dangerous and overreaching “King amendment,” which threatened to nullify hundreds of state and local laws on food safety, animal welfare, and agriculture. The amendment was nixed from the 2014 Farm Bill.
  • 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 at the U.S. Department of Agriculture through student loan forgiveness.

Media Contact: Martin Montorfano, (202) 676-2347,


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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