The 501 (c) (4) Humane Society Legislative Fund tracks Congressional voting on animal welfare issues, and publishes the results yearly in the Humane Scorecard. Monitored issues include:
1. Proposed banning of animal ‘crush’ videos depicting crushing, burning, impaling and torture of live animals; such videos are sold on the internet to users who enjoy watching them for sexual gratification.
2. Guns in Parks, the Coburn Amendment: A law now allows loaded guns in national parks and wildlife refuges.
3. ESA Rule repeal: This amendment failed, and has to do with the Endangered Species Act; in May of 2009, the Obama Administration rescinded Bush ESA rules.
4. Puppy Mills.
5. Horse Slaughter S. 727, concerning the transport, treatment and slaughter of horses for human consumption.
6. Truth in Fur Labeling was signed into law in 2010.
7. Antibiotics Overuse S 619, introduced by Senator Ted Kennedy, never signed into law, addresses reckless nontherapeutic antibiotic overuse in farm animals. Overuse is associated with unsanitary animal warehousing and diminished antibiotic effectiveness in humans.
8. Chimpanzees in research S. 3694, a bill to protect great apes from invasive research and associated inhumane warehousing.
United States President Barack Obama:
The Obama Administration received a grade of C- on the Humane Scorecard in 2011.
…the Obama administration not only demonstrated that it has no problem with the fact that tens of thousands of pigs show up at slaughterhouses so injured, weak and sickened that they cannot walk, but also demonstrated that it thinks state laws protecting such animals should be overridden so that immobilized pigs can be forced to slaughter.
United States President Barack Obama general quotes on the environment here.
Former US House Speaker Newt Gingrich (Georgia): Read the rest of this entry →