WASHINGTON (August 4, 2008)— Citing her as one of the top animal protection advocates in the U.S. Senate, the Humane Society Legislative Fund announced that it has endorsed U.S. Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine) for reelection.
“Senator Collins is one of the leading animal advocates in Congress, and has consistently fought for public policies to halt cruelty and abuse,” said Michael Markarian, president of the Humane Society Legislative Fund. “In order to pass humane laws, we need humane lawmakers like Senator Collins. Maine voters who care about animal welfare should support her reelection.”
In the current session of Congress, Sen. Collins is a lead author, with Sen. Carl Levin (D-Mich.), of S. Res. 118, a resolution urging the Canadian government to end the annual slaughter of hundreds of thousands of baby harp seals for their fur pelts. She is also a co-sponsor of a raft of animal protection bills, including legislation to stop the slaughter of American horses for human consumption in foreign countries, strengthen the federal laws against dogfighting and cockfighting, prevent the trafficking in stolen pets for research, and stop the abuse of downed livestock too sick or injured to walk to slaughter.
As a longtime champion of animal protection issues, Sen. Collins has consistently earned a perfect score of 100 percent each year on the Humane Scorecard, and she has been the recipient of the Humane Leader Award and Humane Champion Award. In 2007, she was the only Republican senator to earn a score of 100+ on the Humane Scorecard.
HSLF notes that U.S. Rep. Tom Allen (D-1st) has also been an advocate of the humane treatment of animals, but Collins gets the nod for a career-long commitment to animal welfare and active leadership on these issues.
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.
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