RICHMOND (May 3, 2023)—Today the Humane Society Legislative Fund, the nation’s leading political advocacy organization for animal protection, released its 2023 Virginia Humane Scorecard. The scorecard grades state legislators’ actions on animal welfare legislation introduced during the 2023 session. Lawmakers on both sides of the aisle rallied to promote animal testing transparency and to condemn breed discrimination in housing, proving that animal protection is an issue supported by a broad political constituency.
"Voters care about the positions their elected representatives take on important issues like animal protection,” said Brad Pyle, political director of the Humane Society Legislative Fund. “Voters should use the Humane Scorecard as a tool in evaluating candidates on the ballot this November.”
Since 2006, the Humane Society Legislative Fund has published a Congressional Humane Scorecard to track the relevant votes, co-sponsorships, and other actions of federal lawmakers. This resource effectively records which members of Congress are animal champions and which need more political pressure to denounce cruelty.
Now, the organization is increasing its release of more state-level scorecards to build on the progress made in animal protection at the federal level. Holding members of state legislatures accountable to humane interests is crucial as we continue our fight for the most vulnerable among us. Voters are encouraged to use this scorecard, available in full at hslf.org, to make pro-animal choices this election year.
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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.
The Humane Society Legislative Fund is a social welfare organization incorporated under section 501(c)(4) of the Internal Revenue Code and formed in 2004 as a separate lobbying affiliate of The Humane Society of the United States. The HSLF works to pass animal protection laws at the state and federal level, to educate the public about animal protection issues, and to support humane candidates for office. Visit us on all our channels: on the web at hslf.org, on our blog at hslf.org/blog, on Facebook at facebook.com/humanelegislation and on Twitter at twitter.com/HSLegFund.
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