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Arlen Specter's Ratings and Endorsements on Issue: Animals and Wildlife

Animals and Wildlife

2009-2010 Defenders of Wildlife Action Fund - Positions 67%
2009-2010 The Humane Society Legislative Fund - Positions 44%
2009 Defenders of Wildlife Action Fund - Positions 50%
2009 The Humane Society Legislative Fund - Positions 50%
2007-2008 Defenders of Wildlife Action Fund - Positions 40%
2007-2008 The Humane Society Legislative Fund - Positions on Animal Protection 83%
2007-2008 The Humane Society of the United States - Positions 83
2007 Defenders of Wildlife Action Fund - Positions 60%
2007 The Humane Society of the United States - Positions on Animal Protection 100
2005-2006 American Wilderness Coalition - Positions 16%
2005-2006 Defenders of Wildlife Action Fund - Positions 0%
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 0%
2005 The Humane Society of the United States - Positions 100%
2004 American Humane Association - Positions 80%
2004 American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals - Positions 80%
2004 Born Free USA - Positions 80%
2004 Defenders of Wildlife Action Fund - Positions 0%
2004 The Humane Society Legislative Fund - Positions 80
2004 The Humane Society of the United States - Positions 80
2003-2004 American Wilderness Coalition - Positions 25%
2003 American Humane Association - Positions 80%
2003 American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals - Positions 80%
2003 Animal Welfare Institute - Positions 80%
2003 Born Free USA - Positions 80%
2003 Defenders of Wildlife Action Fund - Positions 27%
2003 Doris Day Animal League - Positions 80%
2003 Sierra Club - Positions 20%
2003 The Humane Society Legislative Fund - Positions 80%
2003 The Humane Society of the United States - Positions 80%
2001-2002 American Humane Association - Positions 83%
2001-2002 American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals - Positions 83%
2001-2002 American Wilderness Coalition - Positions 20%
2001-2002 Animal Welfare Institute - Positions 83%
2001-2002 Born Free USA - Positions 83%
2001-2002 Doris Day Animal League - Positions 83%
2001-2002 The Humane Society Legislative Fund - Positions 83%
2001-2002 The Humane Society of the United States - Positions 83%
2000 Animal Welfare Institute - Positions 50%
2000 The Humane Society of the United States - Positions 60
1999-2000 The Humane Society Legislative Fund - Positions 60%
1999 The Humane Society of the United States - Positions 50%
1995-1996 The Humane Society Legislative Fund - Positions 75%
1995 The Humane Society of the United States - Positions 75%
1993-1994 The Humane Society of the United States - Positions 45%

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