HSUS Scores FL Representatives on Animal-Related Issues

22 Feb 2016 9:05 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)
SARASOTA, FL — The U.S. Humane Society has released its annual scorecard showing which Congressional leaders stand out on animal rights issues and which ones fall short of the mark.

Using a 100-point scale, with room for extra credit, the nonprofit organization ranked Senators and Representatives based on issues that arose during 2015. The Senate scorecard, for example, includes points for those who voted against delisting lesser prairie chickens from the Endangered Species Act, those who signed a funding letter and Senators who took leadership roles by sponsoring pro-animal legislation. The House scorecard provided points for those who cosponsored bills to protect animals, among other factors.
U.S. Rep. Vern Buchanan, R-Florida, was the only Republican in the House or Senate to earn a score of 100-plus. Buchanan has been outspoken on a number of animal-related issues. Earlier this year, for example, he penned a letter urging the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to reconsider its position on weakening protection for Florida’s manatee population under the Endangered Species Act. He’s also called on the Obama Administration to designate critical habitat for the endangered Florida panther.
While Buchanan’s score sets him apart from other Republican, he says “stopping animal cruelty and safeguarding threatened wildlife should be a bipartisan issue important to us all.”
“Congressman Buchanan has been a leading advocate for animal protection in Congress, preventing animal cruelty and protecting endangered species,” Michael Markarian, president of the Humane Society Legislative Fund, said in a statement.

Here’s a look at how other Florida representatives scored:
Senate
  • Bill Nelson, Democrat – 43
  • Marco Rubio, Republican – 0
House
  • Gus Bilirakis, Republican – 22
  • Corrine Brown, Democrat – 44
  • Kathy Castor, Democrat – 78
  • Curt Clawson, Republican – 0
  • Ander Crenshaw, Republican – 33
  • Carlos Curbelo, Republican – 78
  • Ron DeSantis, Republican – 11
  • Ted Deutch, Democrat – 100
  • Mario Diaz-Balart, Republican – 33
  • Lois Frankel, Democrat – 100
  • Gwen Graham, Democrat – 44
  • Alan Grayson, Democrat – 100
  • Alcee Hastings, Democrat – 100+
  • David Jolly, Republican – 56
  • John Mica, Republican – 33
  • Jeff Miller, Republican – 0
  • Patrick Murphy, Democrat – 100
  • Richard Nugent, Republican – 22
  • Bill Posey, Republican – 22
  • Tom Rooney, Republican – 22
  • Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, Republican – 78
  • Dennis Ross, Republican – 44
  • Debbie Wasserman Schultz, Democrat – 100
  • Daniel Webster, Republican – 0
  • Frederica Wilson, Democrat – 100
  • Ted Yoho, Republican – 33
To see the full Humane Scorecard, visit the U.S. Humane Society online.
Photo courtesy of the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission

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