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Humane Society Legislative Fund Endorses Rep. Steve Cohen of Tennessee for Re-Election to Congress

WASHINGTON (Sept. 25, 2014) -- The Humane Society Legislative Fund, the nation’s leading political advocacy organization for animal welfare, announces its endorsement of Rep. Steve Cohen, D-Tenn., for re-election to the House of Representatives. Citing his strong leadership and advocacy on animal protection policies, the HSLF urges voters in Tennessee’s 9th Congressional District to support Rep. Cohen in November’s general election.

“Steve Cohen has been a leading champion of legislation to protect animals from cruelty and abuse, and he is working to promote the values of kindness and compassion to all creatures,” said Sara Amundson, executive director of the HSLF. “Voters in the 9th District who care about the humane treatment of animals should support Steve Cohen for Congress.”

The HSLF publishes an annual Humane Scorecard of Congress to give voters a snapshot of every federal legislator's record on animal protection issues; Rep. Cohen nine times achieved a perfect score of 100 for votes in favor of animal welfare measures before the U.S. House.

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

  • 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.
  • Sponsored the Horse Transportation Safety Act (H.R. 4440) to prohibit the transportation of horses in interstate commerce in double deck trailer trucks. The use of these trailers can lead to serious injuries of horses during transport and have been involved in numerous deadly accidents.
  • Sponsored the Pets on Trains Act (H.R. 2066) to require Amtrak to establish a pet policy allowing companion animals to travel with their owners on certain passenger trains.
  • 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, making it a federal crime to attend or bring a child to a dogfight or cockfight.
  • Co-sponsored the Safeguard American Food Exports (SAFE) Act (H.R. 1094) to prohibit the slaughter and export of horses for human consumption overseas.
  • 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.
  • Co-leader of a letter to Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack encouraging the USDA to step up enforcement of the Horse Protection Act at this year’s Tennessee Walking Horse National Celebration in Shelbyville, Tenn.

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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