WASHINGTON (September 22, 2022)—Today the Humane Society Legislative Fund, the nation’s leading political advocacy organization for animal protection, announced its endorsement of Rep. Michael McCaul for Texas’ 10th Congressional District.
“Mike McCaul has been a champion for sharks and cracking down on the live wildlife trade earning our Humane Legislator of the Year Award for 2021,” 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.”
Rep. McCaul has led efforts in the 117th 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.
Among other actions in the 117th Congress, Rep. McCaul has:
- Voted for the Big Cat Public Safety Act (H.R. 263) to reduce the number of tigers, lions and other big cats living in substandard conditions, protect public safety by banning public contact activities with these animals and prohibit their procession by individuals and entities lacking a USDA license.
- Voted for a set of amendments (en bloc #5) to the initial package of FY 2022 appropriations bills, known as “minibus 1.” These amendments contained two pro-animal amendments, increasing funding for FWS to help protect West Indian manatees in Florida and directing the VA to use funding for equine-assisted therapy within the department’s adaptive sports programs.
- Voted for a set of amendments (en bloc #3) to the National Defense Authorization Act (H.R. 4350). These amendments contained two pro-animal provisions to curb the live wildlife trade and combat wildlife trafficking.
- Sponsored the Shark Fin Sales Elimination Act (H.R. 2811) to protect sharks from cruelty and preserve our oceans’ fragile ecosystems.
- Cosponsored the Puppies Assisting Wounded Servicemembers (PAWS) for Veterans Therapy Act (H.R. 1448) to create a pilot program within the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs to help veterans with post-deployment mental health disorders by paring them with dogs to train as service animals, including animals from shelters, and enabling them to adopt a dog they helped train.
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