Congressman Vern Buchanan

Representing the 16th District of Florida

Humane Society Honors Buchanan: “Leading Voice” on Animal Welfare

Apr 12, 2018
Press Release
Presents Congressman with “Legislative Leader” Award

Buchanan Chairs Congressional Animal Protection Caucus

WASHINGTON – Calling him a “leading voice” in Congress, the U.S. Humane Society presented Rep. Vern Buchanan Wednesday with its “Legislative Leader” award for his strong record on preventing animal cruelty and protecting endangered species.

“As co-chair of the Animal Protection Caucus, he has mobilized colleagues on both sides of the aisle to protect animals from abuse,” said Tracie Letterman, the Humane Society's vice president of federal affairs. “Rep. Buchanan was again a leading voice in Congress for animals in 2017.”

The award was presented to Buchanan by Humane Society President Kitty Block in a ceremony at the U.S. Capitol last night. 

The group cited Buchanan’s work to stop the slaughter of American horses for human consumption, ban cosmetic testing on animals and protect endangered species in Florida and across the globe. 

Buchanan said he was honored to be recognized by one of the most prominent animal welfare organizations in the country.  

“Protecting threatened wildlife and fighting cruel animal testing and experiments are nonpartisan issues that should be important to everyone,” he said.

Buchanan's record includes supporting the strongest protections for the Florida manatee, combatting international wildlife trafficking and preventing the Veterans Administration from conducting painful and unnecessary experiments on dogs.