The following information can help you get politically educated, active and involved with a wide range of animal issues in the U.S.
To help get legislation passed that supports animal protection — please contact your state and federal legislators. Let them know that you care about their positions on animal protection and animal welfare policy and are paying attention to their performance on animal issues. If your legislators have not co-sponsored animal protection bills yet, ask them to co-sponsor current bills. See how your U.S. Senators and U.S. House Representatives have performed in this Congress on animal protection issues.
As a voter, use the Humane Scorecard as a resource when you go to the ballot box to determine how your federal lawmakers have sided on crucial animal protection legislation.
Find out more about key federal animal welfare bills that are currently going through Congress, either through the House or Senate, or both here. These priority bills specifically address farm animals, wildlife, domestic and wild horses, pets and cruelty, and animals in research. Each bill includes a description, the original sponsor, co-sponsor, any additional sponsors, and the latest actions taken on the bill. Here’s a list of current animal welfare bills. You can support current legislation and help legislation get passed, by taking action here.
2017 Accomplishments for Animal Rights Legislation (Preview)
This year has seen redoubled attacks on animals, as reflected in votes to gut animal protection regulations and revoke rules that protect wildlife on federal lands from inhumane killing methods. Read Michael Markarian’s Congressional Interim Report for 2017 and the 2017 Humane Scorecard Preview.
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Read and download the Humane Society Legislative Fund’s (HSLF) final 2016 Humane Scorecard for the 114th Congress. See how your U.S. Senators or U.S. Representatives voted on animal protection and welfare issues. Read Michael Markarian’s Congressional Year in Review for Animals for 2016.
2015 Accomplishments for Animal Rights Legislation
Download the 2015 Humane Scorecard and read the Humane Society’s review of the top 10 state legislative victories for animals in 2015. The ASPCA published a similar review of the Top 10 Legislative Victories for Animals in 2015. By the end of 2015, 159 new animal protection laws were enacted at the state and local levels.
2014 Accomplishments for Animal Rights Legislation
In this video you can see the accomplishments made in 2014 across many animal campaigns and issues by the Humane Society of the United States. The Humane Society published a summary of the Top 14 State Victories accomplished for animals this year. The ASPCA also published a review of the Top 10 List of Legislative Victories for Animals for this year. See the American Legal Defense Fund’s (ALDF) state ranking 2014 U.S. Animal Protection Laws Ranking.
The Humane Society Legislative Fund (HSLF) publishes an annual review about how our federal legislators voted during the past year. See how your U.S. Senator or U.S. Representative voted on animal protection and welfare issues in HSLF’s Annual Humane Scorecard.
You can take personal action by calling or writing your representative to thank them if they sponsored or co-sponsored a bill, or voted for protecting animals. If they aren’t listed as a sponsor, or co-sponsor, or they voted against protecting animals — then call or write them and let them know that you’re disappointed and would like them to support animal welfare and protection.
It’s important that our lawmakers know we’re paying attention and that we care about animal welfare issues.
2017 Humane Scorecard Preview, 115th Congress
2016 Humane Scorecard, Final, 114th Congress
2015 Humane Scorecard, Final, 114th Congress
2014 Humane Scorecard, Final, 113th Congress
2014 Scorecard Snapshot, 113th Congress, by Michael Markarian, President HSLF
2013 Humane Scorecard, Final, 113th Congress
2013 Humane-Scorecard-California, Voting Record for the California Legislature
2012 Humane Scorecard, Final, 112th Congress
2011 Humane Scorecard, Final, 111th Congress
Want to Take Action?
Want to get more involved to support animals in your state or community? Here are some great resources to help you:
- Register to vote!
- If you haven’t done so already, you can register online at www.eac.gov.
- Attend Town Meetings
- Calling Elected Officials
- Call your U.S. Senators at 202-224-3121 and ask them to support and co-sponsor animal legislation now pending in Congress
- Call your U.S. Representative at 202-224-3121 and ask them to support and co-sponsor animal legislation now pending in Congress
- Do’s & Don’ts of Lobbying
- Getting to Know Your Elected Officials
- Legislative Lingo
- Meeting With Your Elected Officials
- Tips for Successful Lobbying
- Tips on Writing Letters to the Editor
- What Influences a Legislator?
Credit: Information provided by Humane Society Legislative Fund (HSLF)