(Feb. 25, 2008)—Citing him as one of the top animal protection advocates in the entire Congress, the Humane Society Legislative Fund announced that it has endorsed U.S. Representative Dennis Kucinich in Ohio’s 10th Congressional District Democratic Primary.
“Congressman Kucinich has been a champion in promoting common-sense policies to protect animals from cruelty and abuse, and ensuring that laws to protect animals are adequately enforced,” said Michael Markarian, president of the Humane Society Legislative Fund (HSLF). “For voters who want strong laws to prevent animal cruelty, it is critical that they return Dennis Kucinich to Congress for another term.”
Rep. Kucinich has consistently scored a perfect 100 percent on the Humane Scorecard, and when animal protection bills come to the House floor, he can often be heard speaking in favor of their passage. He has not only been a supporter of animal protection reforms, but has also been a leader on important issues, such as securing more funding for the adequate enforcement of the Animal Welfare Act, Humane Methods of Slaughter Act, and other animal welfare laws.
Kucinich has been a leader in speaking out for a ban on slaughtering downer cows for human consumption – a subject in the news now after the U.S. Department of Agriculture initiated the largest recall of beef in American history after a Humane Society investigation revealed that these sick and injured animals were slaughter for human consumption at a plant in southern California. Kucinich has also been a major player in efforts to strengthen federal laws against dogfighting and cockfighting. And he has cosponsored all of the major animal protection bills, including measures to ban horse slaughter, to crack down on puppy mills, and to halt the aerial shooting of wolves in Alaska.
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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