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Statement from HSLF president Sara Amundson:

WASHINGTON (June 20, 2019)—“Today the U.S. House of Representatives passed critical amendments to a funding package designed to protect several iconic species including elephants, lions and whales. We applaud Reps. Buchanan, Huffman, Blumenauer and Lieu for their leadership in ensuring that taxpayer dollars are not used by our government to issue permits to import elephant or lion trophies from Zimbabwe, Zambia or Tanzania,” said Sara Amundson, president of the Humane Society Legislative Fund. “In addition, funding to research and monitor species, like the critically endangered North Atlantic right whale, is necessary to ensure their survival. We applaud Rep. Moulton’s leadership in securing such funding and we thank Reps. Huffman, Serrano and Grijalva who helped defeat a provision which would have blocked federal funds from being used to implement consensus recommendations to save the North Atlantic right whale. With fewer than 420 of these whales left on earth, now is not the time to drop critical funding for this species.”


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