Secretary John Forbes Kerry's Special Interest Group Ratings

Office: U.S. Secretary of State, Democratic
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Animals and Wildlife

2013 Defenders of Wildlife Action Fund - Positions 100% 2012 Sportsmen's and Animal Owners' Voting Alliance - Positions 0% 2011-2012 Defenders of Wildlife Action Fund - Positions 100% 2011-2012 Food Policy Action - Positions 94% 2011-2012 The Humane Society Legislative Fund - Positions 100% 2011 American Veterinary Medical Association - Positions on Professional Advocacy 50% 2011 The Humane Society Legislative Fund - Positions 100% 2010-2011 Defenders of Wildlife Action Fund - Positions 100% 2010 Sportsmen's and Animal Owners' Voting Alliance - Positions 0% 2009-2010 Defenders of Wildlife Action Fund - Positions 100% 2009-2010 The Humane Society Legislative Fund - Positions 100% 2009 Defenders of Wildlife Action Fund - Positions 100% 2009 The Humane Society Legislative Fund - Positions 100% 2008-2009 Massachusetts Humane Society - Positions (US Congress) 100% 2008 Sportsmen's and Animal Owners' Voting Alliance - Positions 0 2007-2008 Defenders of Wildlife Action Fund - Positions 100% 2007-2008 The Humane Society Legislative Fund - Positions on Animal Protection 117% 2007-2008 The Humane Society of the United States - Positions 100+ 2007 Defenders of Wildlife Action Fund - Positions 100% 2007 The Humane Society of the United States - Positions on Animal Protection 100+ 2005-2006 American Wilderness Coalition - Positions 100% 2005-2006 Defenders of Wildlife Action Fund - Positions 100% 2005-2006 The Humane Society Legislative Fund - Positions 100 2005-2006 The Humane Society of the United States - Positions 100% 2005 American Wilderness Coalition - Positions 100% 2005 The Humane Society of the United States - Positions 100% 2004 American Humane Association - Positions 100% 2004 American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals - Positions 100% 2004 Born Free USA - Positions 100% 2004 The Humane Society Legislative Fund - Positions 100 2004 The Humane Society of the United States - Positions 100 2003-2004 American Wilderness Coalition - Positions 75% 2003 American Humane Association - Positions 100% 2003 American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals - Positions 100% 2003 Animal Welfare Institute - Positions 100% 2003 Born Free USA - Positions 100% 2003 Doris Day Animal League - Positions 100% 2003 Sierra Club - Positions 100% 2003 The Humane Society Legislative Fund - Positions 100% 2003 The Humane Society of the United States - Positions 100% 2002 Sportsmen's and Animal Owners' Voting Alliance - Positions 0% 2001-2002 American Humane Association - Positions 89% 2001-2002 American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals - Positions 89% 2001-2002 American Wilderness Coalition - Positions 100% 2001-2002 Animal Welfare Institute - Positions 89% 2001-2002 Born Free USA - Positions 89% 2001-2002 Doris Day Animal League - Positions 89% 2001-2002 The Humane Society Legislative Fund - Positions 89% 2001-2002 The Humane Society of the United States - Positions 89% 2000 Animal Welfare Institute - Positions 100% 2000 The Humane Society of the United States - Positions 100 1999-2010 Massachusetts Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals - Positions 100% 1999-2000 The Humane Society Legislative Fund - Positions 100% 1999 The Humane Society of the United States - Positions 100% 1995-1996 The Humane Society Legislative Fund - Positions 100% 1995 The Humane Society of the United States - Positions 100% 1993-1994 The Humane Society of the United States - Positions 70%

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