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Humane Society Legislative Fund Endorses Rep. Tom Marino of Pennsylvania for Re-Election to Congress

WASHINGTON (Oct. 15, 2014) -- The Humane Society Legislative Fund, the nation’s leading political advocacy organization for animal welfare, announces its endorsement of Rep. Tom Marino, R-Pa., for re-election to the U.S. House of Representatives. Citing his strong leadership and effectiveness on animal protection policies, the HSLF urges voters in Pennsylvania's 10th Congressional District to support Rep. Marino in November’s general election.

“Tom Marino led the fight to strengthen our nation’s laws against cruel and barbaric animal fighting, and to punish the cast of characters whose admission fees and gambling wagers allow these sick spectacles to thrive,” said Michael Markarian, president of the HSLF. “He is standing up for the values of kindness and compassion, and cracking down on cruelty and crime in our communities.”

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

  • Was the prime sponsor of 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 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.
  • 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, mmontorfano@hslf.org

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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 hslf.org, on our blog at animalsandpolitics.com, on Facebook at facebook.com/humanelegislation and on Twitter at twitter.com/HSLegFund.

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