WASHINGTON (March 29, 2012) -- The Humane Society Legislative Fund, the nation’s leading political advocacy organization for animal welfare, announces its endorsement of Dina Titus in the Democratic primary for Nevada’s 1st Congressional District. Citing her strong and consistent support of animal protection policies, the Humane Society Legislative Fund urges primary voters to support Titus.
“Dina Titus has been a strong supporter of animal protection policies during her career in public service, and would continue to stand up for the values of kindness and compassion in Washington,” said Sara Amundson, executive director of the Humane Society Legislative Fund. “We encourage voters in the 1st District who care about the humane treatment of animals to support Dina Titus.”
Titus has been a leading supporter for animal protection. Among her efforts when she previously served in the U.S. Congress, Titus has:
- Sponsored a resolution to promote the adoption of wild horses and burros.
- Co-sponsored the Animal Crush Video Prohibition Act, which passed in 2010 and banned commerce in videos showing the intentional torture of puppies, kittens and other live animals for the sexual titillation of viewers (P.L. 111-294).
- Co-sponsored the Great Ape Protection and Cost Savings Act, to phase out use of chimpanzees in invasive research, retire the approximately 500 federally-owned chimpanzees to sanctuary, and save tens of millions of tax dollars from warehousing chimps in federally-funded laboratories.
- Co-sponsored the Puppy Uniform Protection and Safety (PUPS) Act, to crack down on abusive “puppy mills” in the United States, where breeding dogs are often stacked in wire cages for years to produce litter after litter, without exercise, veterinary care, socialization or human companionship.
- Co-sponsored the American Horse Slaughter Prevention Act, to prohibit the long-distance transport (including export) of horses for slaughter for human consumption in other countries where horse meat is eaten.
- Voted to establish a program at Veterans Administration medical centers for veterans with post-deployment mental health issues such as post-traumatic stress disorder to train service dogs as a form of therapy, and the trained dogs would assist veterans with disabilities.
- Voted to restore the prohibition on the commercial sale and slaughter of free-roaming horses and burros.
- Voted to prohibit interstate and foreign commerce in primates for the pet trade, protecting public health and safety and preventing inhumane treatment and neglect.
Titus recently spoke out in favor of common-sense animal protection policies, writing in a blog, “I have always been a strong defender of animals, wild and domestic. I hope you join me in ensuring Nevada’s animals are treated with kindness and given appropriate care.”
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