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Press Release

May 23, 2013

Congresswoman Susan Davis Honored for Animal Welfare Leadership in 2012

WASHINGTON — The Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) recognized Congresswoman Susan Davis (CA-53) for her leadership on animal protection legislation in 2012.

Rep. Davis received a Humane Champion award for earning a perfect score on the 2012 Humane Scorecard and for her leadership on requiring the USDA to report on animals killed under its "Wildlife Services" program. 

“How we treat animals reflects on how we treat each other,” said Rep. Davis. “I appreciate this recognition by the Humane Society of the United States.  The HSUS has been incredibly helpful to my office in working to create policy that has the best interest of animals at heart.”

“Representative Davis has been a committed leader on humane legislation in the U.S. Congress,” said Wayne Pacelle, president and CEO of The HSUS. “She has made it a priority to tackle cruelty and cultivate constructive solutions to improve the lives of animals. Her dedication to advocating on behalf of animals speaks volumes about her character.”

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. For 2012, House ratings included votes on agribusiness subsidies, polar bear trophy imports and hunting in national parks, and co-sponsorship of priority bills on eggs and hen housing, chimpanzees warehoused in laboratories, animal fighting and puppy mills. 

“Animal protection issues continue to bring Members of Congress together across party lines, and have the strong support of mainstream Americans,” said HSLF President Michael Markarian. “We thank Representative Davis for her outstanding work to ensure that our federal laws reflect the core humane values and attitudes of American society.”

Davis was presented with the Humane Champion award at a ceremony in the U.S. Capitol.



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