Animals only win when humane candidates and issues do. Below are candidates we have chosen to endorse for federal and state races based on their records or positions on animal welfare issues. We do not judge candidates on their party affiliation or any other issue. In addition we have included the ballot initiatives on which HSLF has taken a position.

2016 Endorsements

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Hillary Clinton
President, United States
Hillary Clinton
  • Earned a 100 percent score on the Humane Scorecard in the 108th Congress, a perfect 100+ score in the 109th, and an 83 in the 110th.
  • Published an animal welfare statement on her campaign website, pledging to take action on puppy mills, factory farming, and other issues.
  • As Secretary of State and through the Clinton Foundation, she fought the illegal ivory trade and poaching of elephants.
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Russ Feingold
U.S. Senate, Wisconsin
Russ Feingold
  • Introduced the Crane Conservation Act (S. 197) to assist in the conservation of imperiled cranes.
  • Cosponsored the Truth in Fur Labeling Act of 2009 (S. 1076) requiring accurate labeling on all fur-trimmed apparel.
  • Cosponsored the Animal Fighting Prohibition Enforcement Act (S. 382) to create felony-level penalties for dogfighting and cockfighting.
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Matt Gaetz
U.S. House, Florida
Matt Gaetz
  • Served as an outspoken leader in the ongoing fight to end Florida’s cruel state-sponsored greyhound racing program.
  • Co-introduced and passed H.B. 851, which updated Florida’s animal protection laws.
  • Sued Okaloosa County to stop a “pet tax.”
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Kamala Harris
U.S. Senate, California
Kamala Harris
  • Has been on the winning side of four separate challenges to Prop 2.
  • Successfully defeated a challenge to California’s ban on the possession and sale of shark fins.
  • Appealed the federal court ruling that struck down California’s ban on the sale of foie gras.
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Jeff Denham
U.S. House, California
Jeff Denham
  • Introduced the Pets on Trains Act to create a pilot program to allow Amtrak customers to bring their pets while travelling.
  • Cosponsored the Pet and Women Safety (PAWS) Act (H.R. 1258).
  • Cosponsored the Prevent Animal Cruelty and Torture (PACT) Act (H.R. 2293).
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Earl Blumenauer
U.S. House, Oregon
Earl Blumenauer
  • Co-chair of the Congressional Animal Protection Caucus (CAPC), a bipartisan organization that champions animal welfare issues.
  • Co-introduced the Prevent Animal Cruelty and Torture (PACT) Act (H.R. 2293).
  • Co-introduced the Captive Primate Safety Act (H.R. 2920).
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Christopher Smith
U.S. House, New Jersey
Christopher Smith
  • Received a perfect score of “100+” in the Humane Scorecard Midterm Report for the 114th Congress.
  • Led the multi-year effort requesting funding for enforcement of several crucial federal animal welfare laws.
  • Led a letter to the USDA requesting that the agency finalize its proposed rule banning the slaughter of downer calves.
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Ami Bera
U.S. House, California
Ami Bera
  • Received a perfect score of “100” in the Humane Scorecard Midterm Report for the 114th Congress.
  • Cosponsored the Pet and Women Safety (PAWS) Act (H.R. 1258).
  • Cosponsored the Prevent Animal Cruelty and Torture (PACT) Act (H.R. 2293).
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Patrick Murphy
U.S. Senate, Florida
Patrick Murphy
  • Received a perfect score of “100” in the Humane Scorecard Midterm Report for the 114th Congress.
  • Cosponsored the Pet and Women Safety (PAWS) Act (H.R. 1258).
  • Cosponsored the Prevent Animal Cruelty and Torture (PACT) Act (H.R. 2293).
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Julia Brownley
U.S. House, California
Julia Brownley
  • Received a perfect score of “100” in the Humane Scorecard Midterm Report for the 114th Congress.
  • Cosponsored the Pet and Women Safety (PAWS) Act (H.R. 1258)
  • Cosponsored the Prevent Animal Cruelty and Torture (PACT) Act (H.R. 2293).
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Raul Ruiz
U.S. House, California
Raul Ruiz
  • Cosponsored the Prevent Animal Cruelty and Torture (PACT) Act (H.R. 2293).
  • Cosponsored the Prevent All Soring Tactics (PAST) Act (H.R. 3268).
  • Cosponsored the Safeguard American Food Exports (SAFE) Act (H.R. 1942).
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Scott Peters
U.S. House, California
Scott Peters
  • Received a perfect score of “100” in the Humane Scorecard Midterm Report for the 114th Congress.
  • Cosponsored the Pet and Women Safety (PAWS) Act (H.R. 1258).
  • Cosponsored the Prevent Animal Cruelty and Torture (PACT) Act (H.R. 2293).
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Vern Buchanan
U.S. House, Florida
Vern Buchanan
  • Introduced the Safeguard American Food Exports (SAFE) Act (H.R. 1942).
  • Urged the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to withdraw its proposal to weaken protections for manatees.
  • Received a score of “100+” on HSLF’s 2015 Humane Scorecard and was also the recipient of HSLF’s 2015 Humane Legislator of the Year Award.
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Annie Kuster
U.S. House, New Hampshire
Annie Kuster
  • Received a perfect score of “100” in the Humane Scorecard Midterm Report for the 114th Congress.
  • Cosponsored the Pet and Women Safety (PAWS) Act (H.R. 1258).
  • Cosponsored the Prevent Animal Cruelty and Torture (PACT) Act (H.R. 2293).
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Mark DeSaulnier
U.S. House, California
Mark DeSaulnier
  • Received a perfect score of “100” in the Humane Scorecard Midterm Report for the 114th Congress.
  • Cosponsored the Pet and Women Safety (PAWS) Act (H.R. 1258).
  • Cosponsored the Prevent Animal Cruelty and Torture (PACT) Act (H.R. 2293).
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Ted Lieu
U.S. House, California
Ted Lieu
  • Received a perfect score of “100” in the 2015 Humane Scorecard.
  • Cosponsored the Pet and Women Safety (PAWS) Act (H.R. 1258).
  • Cosponsored the Prevent Animal Cruelty and Torture (PACT) Act (H.R. 2293).
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