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At the Humane Society Legislative Fund (HSLF), we know that solving many of the systemic problems facing animals in the United States today depends on passing animal protection legislation at the federal level. But, in order to do that, it is critical that we elect humane-minded candidates to office. Without legislative allies and advocates, it will be ever harder to defend companion animals from cruelty and abuse, replace the use of animals in cosmetics and other chemical testing, improve welfare standards for farm animals, expand protections for wildlife, end the slaughter of American horses, and more.
Our new election site features an easily searchable list of humane candidates, allowing you to see who we’ve endorsed in your area based on their records and pledged support for future pro-animal initiatives. We do not judge candidates on their party affiliation or any other issue. In addition, the election site includes the ballot initiatives on which HSLF has taken a position.
Also available on our website is our annual Humane Scorecard, which rates legislators based on their records in office. The election site is intended to serve as an easy and informative supplemental resource to find out more about the candidates running to represent you in Congress. Whether they’re longtime legislators or new to politics, our site features candidate-specific information on their positions on animal protection.
This is a particularly critical election for animals, so it’s important that we turn out to the polls to support those who have expressed a willingness to join in the fight. Right now, we have a number of important bills pending in Congress—like the Humane Cosmetics Act, the Pet and Women Safety (PAWS) Act, and the Prevent Animal Cruelty and Torture (PACT) Act, to name a few—and we need to build the ranks of champions who will be the voice for animals on the floors of the House and Senate.
Remember, you hold the power to make sure humane candidates get into Congress and stay there. Animals only win when humane candidates and issues do.
Please check out our new site and use it when you go to the polls November 6!
Featured image: Sign for voting location in Washington, DC, 2007. Image credit Keith Ivey, CC BY-SA 3.0.