Guest Posts
Print|Text Size: ||
Keeping Score
Do your senators and representatives care about animal welfare?

Thirty-nine senators and 54 representatives scored big fat zeros for their “efforts” to protect animals in 2009, according to the latest Humane Scorecard. Every year, the folks at the Humane Society Legislative Fund provide a neat and tidy breakdown of the action on animal welfare measures in the U.S. Congress, which in 2009 included (but wasn’t limited to) lifting the ban on loaded firearms in national parks, phasing out chimpanzees for use in research, and species-labeling for fur. There was no federal legislation relating directly to dogs specifically or companion animals, in general, other than HR 80, which prohibits interstate and foreign commerce in non-human primates for the pet trade—which passed the house last February and was moving through senate committee last summer.

The scorecard is an excellent opportunity to bone up on animal welfare issues at the federal level and to gauge the efforts of your legislators before 36 senators and 435 representatives ask for your vote this fall.


Lisa Wogan lives in Seattle and is the author of, most recently, Dog Park Wisdom.

Order Dog Park Wisdom

More From The Bark

Lisa Wogan
Julia Kamysz Lane
Nicole Kohleriter Perelman
More in Guest Posts:
Proof that Dogs Were Our Ancient Hunting Partners
High School Runners Team Up with Shelter Dogs
Garmin Dog Collar Gadget Has Sparked Outrage in Dog Community
Dying Woman Wants to be with Dogs
More Companies Are Allowing Pets At The Office
NJ Pays Tribute To 9/11 Search and Rescue Dogs
Rescuing a Dog in an Unlikely Predicament
Adopting From Thousands of Miles Away
English Bulldogs Face Extinction
Herding in Glacier National Park