22 January 2010

Humane Society Legislative Fund releases scorecard for 111th Congress

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The Humane Society Legislative Fund revealed the results of its 2009 Humane Scorecard mid-term report for the 111th Congress on January 21.

The scorecard’s purpose is to track the performance of federal lawmakers on animal protection matters using factors such as recorded votes on animal rights legislation, bill co-sponsorships and efforts to increase enforcement of animal welfare laws.

Results of the report are broken down by party affiliation and geographic location.

Not surprisingly, Democrats in the House and Senate fared much better than their Republican counterparts. The scoring is based on a 0 to 100 system with 100 being the best total possible.

The average Democratic Senator scored 56 while Senate Republicans came in at a disappointing 11. Meanwhile House Dems averaged 71 to an abysmal 22 for Republicans.

Individual accomplishments followed the same party lines with the following Senators and Representatives achieving the highest score possible, a 100+ (per the Humane Society Legislative Fund website, a 100+ total means “they had a perfect score on animal protection and also provided key leadership on a particular issue or issues.”)

• Sen. Dianne Feinstein (Calif.)
• Sen. Joseph Lieberman (Conn.)
• Sen. Daniel Akaka (Hawaii)
• Sen. John Kerry (Mass.)
• Sen. Frank Lautenberg (N.J.)
• Sen. Robert Menendez (N.J.)
• Rep. Raúl Grijalva (Ariz.)
• Rep. Howard Berman (Calif.)
• Rep. Susan Davis (Calif.)
• Rep. George Miller (Calif.)
• Rep. Brad Sherman (Calif.)
• Rep. Rosa DeLauro (Conn.)
• Rep. Jan Schakowsky (Ill.)
• Rep. Chris Van Hollen (Md.)
• Rep. John Conyers (Mich.)
• Rep. Robert Andrews (N.J.)
• Rep. Rush Holt (N.J.)
• Rep. Nita Lowey (N.Y.)
• Rep. Ed Towns (N.Y.)

Regionally, New England’s legislative contingent tallied the highest marks with a Senate average of 77 and a House average of 86. The Rocky Mountain region’s lawmakers brought up the rear with its Senators averaging 14 and Representatives scoring an average of 28.

To view the entire Humane Report Card here.

The Humane Society Legislative Fund is a social welfare organization that lobbies and supports legislation and candidates that work to protect animal rights.

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