Five senators and 13 representatives scored big fat zeros for their efforts to protect animals this year, 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 protection measures in the U.S. Congress, and this year, citizens can see which members did right (through key votes and cosponsorship) on initiatives including increasing dog-fighting penalties, stricter regulation of animals used in research, and incentives to relieve veterinarian shortages in rural areas. The scorecard is an excellent opportunity to bone up on the issues, gauge the efforts of your U.S. senators and congressmen, and gear up for action when the new Congress reconvenes in January.
Of the five senators to receive goose eggs, only George Voinovich of Ohio, Tom Coburn of Oklahoma and Jim DeMint of South Carolina will return will return next year. (We’ll be watching!) John Sununu of New Hampshire was defeated in the 2008 race and Pete Domenici of New York did not seek reelection for health reasons.