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2009-2010 Animal Welfare Institute - U.S. House Score 50% 2009-2010 Big Cat Rescue - House of Representatives Score 33% 2009-2010 Defenders of Wildlife Action Fund - Positions 0% 2009-2010 The Humane Society Legislative Fund - Positions 27% 2009 Defenders of Wildlife Action Fund - Positions 0% 2009 The Humane Society Legislative Fund - Positions 8% 2008 Sportsmen's and Animal Owners' Voting Alliance - Positions 0 2007-2008 Animal Welfare Institute - U.S. House Score 33% 2007-2008 Big Cat Rescue - Positions 66 2007-2008 Defenders of Wildlife Action Fund - Positions 7% 2007-2008 The Humane Society Legislative Fund - Positions on Animal Protection 33% 2007-2008 The Humane Society of the United States - Positions 33 2007 Defenders of Wildlife Action Fund - Positions 0% 2007 The Humane Society of the United States - Positions on Animal Protection 50 2006 National Animal Interest Alliance Trust - Positions 0% 2006 Sportsmen's and Animal Owners' Voting Alliance - Positions 0% 2005-2006 American Wilderness Coalition - Positions 0% 2005-2006 Animal Welfare Institute - U.S. House Score 100% 2005-2006 Big Cat Rescue - Positions 63% 2005-2006 Defenders of Wildlife Action Fund - Positions 0% 2005-2006 The Humane Society Legislative Fund - Positions 70 2005-2006 The Humane Society of the United States - Positions 70% 2005 American Wilderness Coalition - Positions 0% 2005 The Humane Society of the United States - Positions 34% 2004 American Humane Association - Positions 56% 2004 American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals - Positions 56% 2004 Born Free USA - Positions 56% 2004 Defenders of Wildlife Action Fund - Positions 0% 2004 Sportsmen's and Animal Owners' Voting Alliance - Positions 0% 2004 The Humane Society Legislative Fund - Positions 56 2004 The Humane Society of the United States - Positions 56 2003-2004 American Wilderness Coalition - Positions 0% 2003 American Humane Association - Positions 56% 2003 American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals - Positions 56% 2003 Animal Welfare Institute - Positions 56% 2003 Born Free USA - Positions 56% 2003 Defenders of Wildlife Action Fund - Positions 7% 2003 Doris Day Animal League - Positions 56% 2003 Sierra Club - Positions 0% 2003 The Humane Society Legislative Fund - Positions 56% 2003 The Humane Society of the United States - Positions 56% 2001-2002 American Humane Association - Positions 33% 2001-2002 American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals - Positions 33% 2001-2002 American Wilderness Coalition - Positions 0% 2001-2002 Animal Welfare Institute - Positions 33% 2001-2002 Born Free USA - Positions 33% 2001-2002 Doris Day Animal League - Positions 33% 2001-2002 The Humane Society Legislative Fund - Positions 33% 2001-2002 The Humane Society of the United States - Positions 33% 2000 Animal Welfare Institute - Positions 17% 2000 The Humane Society of the United States - Positions 13 1999-2000 The Humane Society Legislative Fund - Positions 13% 1999 The Humane Society of the United States - Positions 17% 1997 The Humane Society of the United States - Positions on Animal Protection 0% 1995-1996 The Humane Society Legislative Fund - Positions 25% 1995 The Humane Society of the United States - Positions 25% 1993-1994 The Humane Society of the United States - Positions 21%

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