Bradenton Times: "Humane Society Honors Buchanan"
BRADENTON — The U.S. Humane Society honored Congressman Vern Buchanan this week for his record on animal welfare issues. Buchanan (R-Longboat Key) received a score of 83 percent on the group's just released legislative scorecard for the 113th session – 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. "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. This includes voting to protect theEndangered Species Act as well as his fight to end inhumane animal practices such as horse slaughter, horse soring 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 said in a release. "Promoting the humane treatment of animals and preventing abuse should be a bipartisan issue important to all of us."
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. Since 1954, The HSUS has been fighting for the protection of all animals through advocacy, education, and hands-on programs. The HSUS rescues and cares for tens of thousands of animals each year, but its primary mission is to prevent cruelty before it occurs.