Congressman Steve Cohen (TN-09) recently received a 100+from the Humane Society Legislative Fund on their 2012 Humane scorecard. Congressman Cohen was the only member of the Tennessee Congressional delegation to receive a perfect score.
"The Humane Society's efforts to protect animal rights are important to me and my constituents," said Congressman Cohen, a lifelong supporter of animal rights and welfare issues. "The treatment of animals has long been characterized as a direct reflection on how we as people treat ourselves and each other. It is a privilege and an honor to be recognized by the Humane Society for my work to promote animal protection legislation."
Congressman Cohen has long been a proponent of humane animal treatment in both the Tennessee State Senate and the U.S. House of Representatives. In the House, he has authored legislation to ban "crush videos." Crush videos are a broad term for videos, photographs and other visual depictions of small animals slowly being crushed to death.
Congressman Cohen has also cosponsored the Horse Transportation Safety Act -- legislation to prohibit the transportation of horses on double-deck trailers. This mode of transportation, a method the USDA says cannot be made safe or humane, has caused grisly accidents in recent years where horses have lost legs, broken necks or were crushed by horses on the upper level of the trailer. The Cohen measure prohibits any interstate transportation of horses in double-stacked trailers, regardless of the destination, or the segment in the transportation chain if the horses are bound for eventual slaughter.
The Human Society Legislative Fund compiles a federal Humane Scorecard every year to provide a snapshot of animal protection issues considered by Congress. The rating is based on the sponsorship of pro-animal bills, key votes, and continued protection of major animal welfare laws.