Animals only win when humane candidates and issues do. Below is our list of candidates we have chosen to endorse based on their records or positions on animal welfare issues. We do not judge candidates on their party affiliation or any other issue.

2020 Endorsements

Joe Biden
President
Joe Biden
  • As Vice President, worked through the federal budget to end the slaughter of horses on U.S. soil for human consumption.
  • Co-authored the Truth in Tuna Labeling Act (S. 130) to protect dolphins by strengthening the Dolphin Protection Consumer Information Act.
  • Lead sponsor of the Captive Exotic Animal Protection Act (S. 1655) to prohibit trophy hunting of captive exotic mammals.
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Mike McCaul
U.S. House, Texas
Mike McCaul
  • Lead sponsor of the Shark Fin Sales Elimination Act (H.R. 737) to prohibit the cruel trade of shark fins.
  • Cosponsored the Prevent Animal Cruelty and Torture Act (H.R. 724) to make malicious animal cruelty a crime on federal property.
  • Voted for the Prevent All Soring Tactics Act (H.R. 693) to combat the painful soring of Tennessee Walking horses.
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Lucy McBath
U.S. House, Georgia
Lucy McBath
  • Cosponsored the Safeguard American Food Exports Act (H.R. 961) to prohibit the export of horses for human consumption overseas.
  • Cosponsored the Prevent Animal Cruelty and Torture Act (H.R. 724) to make malicious animal cruelty a crime on federal property.
  • Voted for the Shark Fin Sales Elimination Act (H.R. 737) to prohibit the cruel trade of shark fins.
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Lauren Underwood
U.S. House, Illinois
Lauren Underwood
  • Member of the Congressional Animal Protection Caucus, a bipartisan organization that champions animal welfare issues.
  • Cosponsored the Welfare of Our Friends Act (H.R. 1002) to address deficiencies in USDA oversight of commercial dog breeding facilities.
  • Cosponsored the Big Cat Public Safety Act (H.R. 1380) to reduce the number of tigers, and other big cats living in substandard conditions.
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Ted Deutch
U.S. House, Florida
Ted Deutch
  • Received a perfect score of 100+ on HSLF’s 2019 Humane Scorecard.
  • Cosponsored the Prevent Animal Cruelty and Torture Act (H.R. 724) to make malicious animal cruelty a crime on federal property.
  • Cosponsored the Safeguard American Food Exports Act (H.R. 961) to prohibit the slaughter of U.S. horses for human consumption overseas.
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Brian Fitzpatrick
U.S. House, Pennsylvania
Brian Fitzpatrick
  • Received a perfect score of 100+ on HSLF’s 2019 Humane Scorecard.
  • Lead sponsor of the Puppy Protection Act (H.R. 2442) to update federal standards of care for dog breeders.
  • Lead sponsor of the Welfare of our Friends Act (H.R. 1002) to prevent problem breeders from receiving new licenses from the USDA.
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Vern Buchanan
U.S. House, Florida
Vern Buchanan
  • Co-chair of the Congressional Animal Protection Caucus (CAPC), a bipartisan organization that champions animal welfare issues.
  • Received a perfect score of 100+ on HSLF’s 2019 Humane Scorecard.
  • Lead sponsor of the Prevent Animal Cruelty and Torture (PACT) Act, signed into law last year.
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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.
  • Received a perfect score of 100+ on HSLF’s 2019 Humane Scorecard.
  • Led efforts to prevent the U.S. from issuing permits for the importation of elephant or lion trophies from Zimbabwe, Zambia, or Tanzania.
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