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HSUS and Humane Society Legislative Fund Honor U.S. Rep. Roe for Animal Welfare Leadership in 2010



WASHINGTON, DC — On behalf of its almost 20,000 supporters in Tennessee’s 1st district, The Humane Society of the United States, together with its affiliate, the Humane Society Legislative Fund, will present an award to U.S. Rep. Phil Roe, R-Tenn., for his leadership on animal protection legislation in 2010.

Rep. Roe will receive a Legislative Leader award for his leadership on appropriations funding to strengthen enforcement of the ban on horse "soring" (mutilation of a show horse's legs or hoofs to force an exaggerated gait).

"Representative Roe has been an important voice for enhancing animal protection in federal law," said Wayne Pacelle, president and CEO of The HSUS. "We’re grateful to him for taking the lead and drawing attention to these vital concerns."

Every year, the Humane Society Legislative Fund compiles a federal Humane Scorecard to provide a snapshot of animal protection issues considered by the U.S. Congress and give animal advocates a tool to assess the performance of their Senators and Representatives. The scorecard tracks key votes as well as co-sponsorship of important pro-animal bills and signing an annual letter seeking funds needed to enforce key animal welfare laws.

In total, 146 legislators – more than one-third of the Senate and one-quarter of the House (representing 38 states and two U. S. territories) – will receive awards for their work in 2010. To see the complete list of 2010 awardees, please click here.

"Time and again, we see animal protection issues bringing Members of Congress together and bridging partisan divides," said HSLF President Michael Markarian. "We thank Rep. Roe for his compassion and determination to ensure that our animal welfare laws reflect our basic values and attitudes shared by people across the country."

HSUS and HSLF presented the award at an event on Capitol Hill on Wednesday, March 30, 2011.

 

 

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