Congressman Jim Moran, Northern Virginia Democrat, received a "100+" rating on the Humane Society Legislative Fund's Annual Scorecard. His marks reflect the highest possible rating given to a member of Congress.
"It is an honor to receive this distinction from the Humane Society of the United States," said Rep. Moran. "HSUS leads the charge in Washington and across the country to ensure all animals are treated with dignity and respect. Without the support of their more than 10 million members, it would simply not be possible to achieve meaningful progress in the protection of animals."
The Humane Society Legislative Fund's 2012 scorecard rates Members of Congress on votes and co-sponsorship of key votes including: H.R. 3798, the Egg Products Inspection Act; H.R. 2492, the Animal Fighting Spectator Prohibition Act; H.R. 835, the Puppy Uniform Protection and Safety (PUPS) Act; and an amendment to the FY 2012 Interior, Environment Appropriations bill to remove language that would have undermined endangered species protection.
In addition to his support of these bills, Rep. Moran spearheaded efforts in Congress to prohibit the practice of horse slaughter for human consumption. He also introduced H. Res. 736 that expressed congressional opposition to the use of gas chambers for euthanasia in animal shelters. In 2012, Moran also hosted the first annual "Paws for Celebration" shelter animal adoption day on Capitol Hill.
"There is no greater champion for animal protection in Congress than Jim Moran," said Michael Markarian, president of the Humane Society Legislative Fund. "We are grateful to Congressman Moran for standing up for the values of kindness and compassion, and working to protect all animals from cruelty and abuse."
The 8th District of Virginia is home to 33,092 supporters of The Humane Society of the United States. As co-chair of the Congressional Animal Protection Caucus, Congressman Moran is an outspoken advocate of animal welfare. This week, Moran led the Congressional effort to support including the African lion under the Endangered Species Act. In the 113th Congress, Moran recently joined a bipartisan group of lawmakers to introduce the "Animal Fighting Spectator Prohibition Act of 2013" (H.R. 366) to increase penalties for individuals attending animal fights.
To read the full 2012 Humane Society Scorecard, please visit: http://www.hslf.org/pdfs/Humane_Scorecard_2012_Final.pdf