Congressman Vern Buchanan

Representing the 16th District of Florida

Buchanan Earns 100% on Humane Society Scorecard

Oct 30, 2018
Press Release

National Leader on Protecting Wildlife and Stopping Animal Cruelty

WASHINGTON – Congressman Vern Buchanan earned a 100 percent grade this year from the U.S. Humane Society for his record protecting wildlife and preventing animal cruelty, according to the group’s newly released 2018 legislative scorecard.

Buchanan, who co-chairs the Animal Protection Caucus in Congress, is a leading advocate for protecting endangered species and ending animal cruelty.

The Congressman is the sponsor of bipartisan legislation that permanently bans the transport of horses to slaughterhouses in Mexico to be sold as a delicacy around the world. He also co-sponsored legislation to tighten animal cruelty laws and ban painful cosmetics testing on dogs, rabbits and other animals.

“Stopping animal cruelty and safeguarding threatened wildlife should be a bipartisan issue important to all of us,” the congressman said.

Buchanan is also a leader in animal welfare issues unique to Florida. He urged the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to withdraw its decision to weaken protections for the manatee under the Endangered Species Act and has called for the designation of a critical habitat for the endangered panther, Florida’s state animal.

The list of issues highlighted in the group’s scorecard includes:

Introduced Safeguard American Food Exports (SAFE) Act, H.R. 113 – permanently bans the shipment of horses to slaughterhouses in Mexico and Canada for overseas export to countries like Japan where horse meat is considered a delicacy.

Co-Sponsored Pet and Women Safety (PAWS) Act, H.R. 909 – makes it easier for women to bring their pets with them to domestic violence shelters when they leave abusive relationships. According to the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence 71% of pet-owning women entering these shelters reported that their abuser had threatened to injure or kill their pets. 

Co-Sponsored Shark Fin Sales Elimination Act, H.R. 1456 – bans the possession, sale and trade of shark fins, which are harvested by slicing off the fins of live sharks and casting the mutilated animals back into the ocean to die.

Co-Sponsored Preventing Animal Cruelty and Torture (PACT) Act, H.R. 1494 – makes it easier to prosecute individuals involved in the gruesome killing of animals to film and distribute so-called “animal crush videos.”

Co-Sponsored Prevent All Soring Tactics (PAST) Act, H.R. 1847 – prevents the practice of deliberately and permanently maiming a horse’s foot, ankle or leg in order to make them perform better at horse shows and competitions.

Co-Sponsored Humane Cosmetics Act, H.R. 2790 – ends the use of painful experimental testing on dogs, rabbits and other animals in the cosmetics industry.

Co-Sponsored Welfare of Our Friends (WOOF) Act, H.R. 4691 – closes loopholes that could allow commercial breeders with a history of severe animal cruelty to continue to operate.  

Voted To End Animal Fighting – co-sponsored an amendment to prohibit animal fighting in all U.S. territories including Puerto Rico. Animal fighting both endangers public health and exposes animals to immense cruelty.

Voted To Protect Endangered Species – opposed legislation that would have undermined important protections for endangered species including gray wolves, grizzly bears and sage-grouse.