WASHINGTON (September 25, 2020)—Today the Humane Society Legislative Fund, the nation’s leading political advocacy organization for animal welfare, announced its endorsement of Rep. Mike McCaul for Texas’ 10th Congressional District.
Rep. McCaul has led efforts in the 116th Congress to protect sharks and marine wildlife from cruelty and abuse. He is a lead sponsor of the Shark Fin Sales Elimination Act, which would prohibit the trade of shark fins for which sharks are hunted and their maimed bodies returned to the ocean.
“Mike McCaul has been a champion for marine wildlife and cracking down on the live wildlife trade in the 116th Congress,” said Sara Amundson, president of the Humane Society Legislative Fund. “We urge voters in Texas’ 10th district to join us in enthusiastically supporting his re-election.”
Among his other efforts in the 116th Congress, Rep. McCaul has:
- Sponsored and 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.
- Cosponsored 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.
- 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.
- 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.
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