Congressman Vern Buchanan

Representing the 16th District of Florida

Humane Society Names Buchanan “Legislator of the Year”

Apr 7, 2016
Press Release
First Florida Congressman Ever To Receive Award

Group Calls Buchanan a “Tireless Champion for Animals”

WASHINGTON – The Humane Society of the United States will present Congressman Vern Buchanan, R-FL, with the prestigious 2015 Legislator of the Year award at a ceremony in the U.S. Capitol next Tuesday for his leadership on fighting animal cruelty and protecting endangered species.

Buchanan’s recognition marks the first time a member of Congress from Florida has earned the Humane Society’s top annual award since it was established over a decade ago. 

Wayne Pacelle, president of The Humane Society of the United States, called Buchanan “a tireless champion for animals on so many fronts. We are so lucky to have his extraordinary compassion and commitment.”

Buchanan said he was honored to be recognized for his record on animal welfare issues. “Safeguarding threatened wildlife and promoting animal welfare should be a nonpartisan issue important to everyone,” he said. “Whether it’s protecting Florida’s beloved manatees from extinction or ending the cruel and inhumane treatment of horses, I’m proud to fight in Congress on these important issues.”

Michael Markarian, president of the Humane Society Legislative Fund, will also be on hand to present the award on Tuesday, April 12 at the U.S. Capitol. Markarian noted Buchanan’s perfect 100 percent score on the group’s animal welfare scorecard

Buchanan’s strong record includes introducing the Safeguard American Food Exports (SAFE) Act, bipartisan legislation that permanently bans the transport of horses to slaughterhouses in Mexico to be sold around the world. He also fought to stop U.S. slaughterhouses from killing horses for human consumption. 

Buchanan also has been a strong supporter of the Endangered Species Act. Just this week he sent a letter to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service urging the agency to withdraw its proposal to weaken protections for the manatee under the Endangered Species Act.