WASHINGTON (Oct. 18, 2010) — The Humane Society Legislative Fund, the nation’s leading political advocacy organization for animal welfare, announces its endorsement of John Kitzhaber in the race for governor of Oregon.
“John Kitzhaber is the clear choice for Oregon voters who care about protecting animals from cruelty and abuse,” said Sara Amundson, executive director of the Humane Society Legislative Fund. “Oregonians understand the importance of animals in our lives, and John Kitzhaber would bring humane values to the state’s top office and stand up against cruelty. We urge Oregon voters who care about the humane treatment of animals to support his election.”
Kitzhaber has been a champion for animal protection throughout his political career. During his terms as governor, from 1994-2002, Kitzhaber:
Issued three vetoes to protect Measure 18, an initiative approved by Oregon voters that banned bear-baiting and hound-hunting of bears and cougars.
Vetoed a bill which would have threatened wolves and wolf/hybrid dogs with extermination. (H.B. 3363)
Signed a bill to allow Oregonians to provide long-term care for their pets through the creation of pet trusts. (S.B. 166, H.B 2739).
Signed a bill into law to prevent violent criminals from owning pets. (S.B. 230)
Signed a bill into law a bill banning the sale of dog and cat fur. (S.B. 1168)
Signed a bill into law to upgrade and strengthen the penalties for animal cruelty. (S.B. 653)
Kitzhaber has voiced his support for several additional animal protection measures that are likely to be considered by the Oregon Legislature, including bills to allow domestic violence protective orders to include family pets, to stop inhumane horse roping events, and to phase out the confinement of egg-laying hens in small cages on industrial factory farms.
HSLF is a nonpartisan organization that endorses Democratic, Republican and Independent candidates. HSLF evaluates candidates based on two overarching criteria: their viability and their stands on animal protection policies. HSLF does not judge candidates on party affiliation or any other issue. For a complete list of endorsements, go to hslf.org/voter_guide.
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