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Humane Society Legislative Fund Endorses Rep. Kurt Schrader of Oregon for Re-Election to Congress

WASHINGTON (Sept. 9, 2014) -- The Humane Society Legislative Fund, the nation’s leading political advocacy organization for animal welfare, announces its endorsement of Rep. Kurt Schrader, D-Ore., for re-election to the House of Representatives. Citing his leadership and advocacy on animal protection policies, the HSLF urges voters in Oregon’s 5th Congressional District to support Rep. Schrader in November’s general election.

“Kurt Schrader has been a leading champion of legislation to protect animals from cruelty and abuse, and he is working to promote balanced policies that help animals, businesses, and public health,” said Michael Markarian, president of the HSLF. “Voters in the 5th District who care about the humane treatment of animals should support Kurt Schrader for Congress.”

In this 113th Congress, where Schrader is one of only two veterinarians, he:

  • Is the lead sponsor of the Egg Products Inspection Act Amendments, H.R. 1731, representing an agreement between animal welfare groups and the egg industry to improve the treatment of hundreds of millions of laying hens and provide stability for egg farmers and consumers;
  • Was the lead sponsor of the Veterinary Medicine Mobility Act, H.R. 1528, to allow veterinarians to transport and dispense important drugs for veterinary care in remote situations such as farms, spay and neuter clinics, and disaster response, which passed the House and Senate and was signed into law by the President in August;  
  • Co-sponsored the Prevent All Soring Tactics (PAST) 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 Animal Fighting Spectator Prohibition Act, H.R. 366, which was included in the 2014 Farm Bill, making it a federal crime to attend or bring a child to a dogfight or cockfight;
  • 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.
  • Led the effort in the House Agriculture Committee and 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, and was nixed from the 2014 Farm Bill.

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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