Politics & Government

U.S. Humane Society honors Rep. Vern Buchanan for his votes on animal welfare issues

The U.S. Humane Society on Monday honored Rep. Vern Buchanan today for his record in Congress on behalf of animal welfare issues. Buchanan received a score of 83 percent on the group's just released legislative scorecard for the 113th session, earning him one of the highest grades in Congress and tops among all Republicans in the Florida Delegation. "We are tremendously grateful to Congressman Buchanan for his work to celebrate the human-animal bond, and to stop abuses such as animal fighting, shark finning, horse slaughter, and inhumane factory farming practices," said Michael Markarian, president of the Humane Society Legislative Fund, in a news release issued by Buchanan's office. "Congressman Buchanan has been at the forefront of federal policies to prevent animal cruelty and protect natural resources." Buchanan’s Humane Society score reflects his votes and leadership on key animal welfare issues in Congress last year, such as his voting to protect the Endangered Species Act and his fight to end inhumane animal practices such as horse slaughter and animal fighting. "As a life-long defender of animal wildlife and preserving our natural resources, I’m honored to receive the Humane Society's recognition," Buchanan, R-Sarasota said. "Promoting the humane treatment of animals and preventing abuse should be a bipartisan issue important to all of us." Out of 234 Republicans in the U.S. House, Buchanan was one of three to obtain a score of 83 or higher. Buchanan introduced legislation (H. Res. 285) in the last Congress condemning the cruel and grisly practice of stripping sharks of their fins and tossing them back in the ocean to die. The bill had 90 bipartisan cosponsors. The Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) is the nation's largest animal protection organization, rated the most effective by its peers. Buchanan's support for animal welfare bills in 2014, include: Co-Sponsor of HR1094, the Safeguard American Food Exports: Prohibits transport and export of American horses for human consumption.Co-Sponsor of HR 366, the Animal Fighting Spectator Prohibition Act: Establishes stricter penalties for attending organized animal fights.Co-Sponsor of HR 1731, the Egg Products Inspection Act: Creates uniform national standard for housing and treatment of hens.Co-Sponsor of HR 2856, the Captive Primate Safety Act: Prohibits the interstate exotic pet trade.