WASHINGTON (March 19, 2020)—Today the Humane Society Legislative Fund, the nation’s leading political advocacy organization for animal welfare, announced its endorsement of Rep. Vern Buchanan for Florida’s 16th Congressional District.
Rep. Buchanan is the Republican co-chair of the Congressional Animal Protection Caucus, a bipartisan entity committed to passing commonsense federal animal protection legislation. He also received a perfect score of 100+ on HSLF’s 2019 Humane Scorecard. Buchanan was a lead sponsor of the Prevent Animal Cruelty and Torture (PACT) Act which authorizes the FBI and other federal law enforcement agencies to prosecute malicious animal cruelty, including crushing, burning, drowning, suffocating and impaling live animals, and other abuses. Buchanan also led efforts to prevent the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service from issuing permits for the importation of elephant or lion trophies from Zimbabwe, Zambia or Tanzania.
“Vern Buchanan has already championed the successful passage of two consequential animal protection laws to crack down on animal cruelty and wildlife trafficking in the 116th Congress,” said Sara Amundson, president of the Humane Society Legislative Fund. “We urge voters in Florida’s 16th district to join us in enthusiastically supporting his re-election.”
Among his other efforts in the 116th Congress, Rep. Buchanan has:
- Sponsored and voted for the Prevent Animal Cruelty and Torture Act (H.R. 724) to make malicious animal cruelty a crime on federal property and in interstate commerce, and complement state anti-cruelty laws, which was signed into law.
- Sponsored and voted for the Rescuing Animals With Rewards (RAWR) Act (H.R. 97) to authorize the State Department to offer financial rewards for information that leads to the disruption of wildlife trafficking networks, which was signed into law.
- Cosponsored the Big Cat Public Safety Act (H.R. 1380) to reduce the number of tigers, lions, and other big cats living in substandard conditions and protect public safety by banning public contact activities with these animals and prohibit their procession by individuals and entities lacking a USDA license.
- Sponsored the Safeguard American Food Exports Act (H.R. 961) to prohibit the slaughter and export of horses for human consumption overseas.
- Cosponsored the Horse Racing Integrity Act (H.R. 1754) to address widespread doping—a key contributing factor to frequent fatalities on American racetracks—by banning race-day medication, increasing out-of-competition testing and establishing uniform national rules governing use of drugs in racehorses.
- Cosponsored the Welfare of Our Friends Act (H.R. 1002) to address significant deficiencies in USDA oversight of commercial dog breeding facilities.
- Cosponsored the Providing Responsible Emergency Plans for Animals at Risk of Emerging Disasters Act (H.R. 1042) to require facilities regulated under the AWA to submit annual contingency plans for the animals in their care during natural disasters, power outages and other crises.
- Voted against an amendment (H.Amdmt. 411) to H.R. 3055 to prohibit the National Marine Fisheries Service from implementing science-based consensus recommendations to save the North Atlantic right whale, a critically endangered species.
- Sponsored and voted for an amendment (H.Amdmt. 435) to H.R. 3055 to prevent funds from being used by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to issue permits for the importation of elephant or lion trophies from Zimbabwe, Zambia or Tanzania, where these threatened and endangered populations urgently need additional protections.
- Voted for U.S. Senator Joseph D. Tydings Memorial Prevent All Soring Tactics Act (H.R. 693) to strengthen the federal law against the “soring” of Tennessee Walking horses in shows—using caustic chemicals and other painful substances to injure the horses’ hooves and legs to induce a high-stepping gait.
- Voted for the Shark Fin Sales Elimination Act (H.R. 737) to prohibit the trade of shark fins for which sharks are hunted and their maimed bodies returned to the ocean.
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