The Humane Society of the United States, together with its affiliate the Humane Society Legislative Fund, presented an award to U.S. Congressman David N. Cicilline (D-RI) for his leadership on animal protection legislation in 2012.
"As someone who grew up working summers in a dog kennel, I've long believed in the importance of providing animals with the best care possible," said Cicilline. "I am honored to receive this recognition from the Humane Society of the United States and will continue working to promote animal welfare in Rhode Island and across the United States."
Cicilline will receive a Humane Advocate award for earning a perfect score on the 2012 Humane Scorecard.
"Representative Cicilline has been a consistent ally on animal welfare legislation," said Wayne Pacelle, president and CEO of The HSUS. "We are very grateful to have his support in forging a path to a more humane future."
Every year, the Humane Society Legislative Fund compiles a federal Humane Scorecard to provide a snapshot of animal protection issues considered by the U.S. Congress and give animal advocates a tool to assess the performance of their Senators and Representatives. The scorecard tracks key votes as well as cosponsorship of important pro-animal bills and signing an annual letter seeking funds needed to enforce key animal welfare laws. For 2012, House ratings included votes on agribusiness subsidies, polar bear trophy imports and hunting in national parks, and cosponsorship of priority bills on eggs and hen housing, chimpanzees warehoused in laboratories, animal fighting and puppy mills.
In total, 146 legislators -- one-third of the Senate and more than one-quarter of the House (representing 38 states, three U.S. territories, and the District of Columbia) -- received awards for their work in 2012. To see the complete list of 2012 awardees, please click here.
"Animal protection issues continue to bring Members of Congress together across party lines, and have the strong support of mainstream Americans," said HSLF President Michael Markarian. "We thank Representative Cicilline for his outstanding work to ensure that our federal laws reflect the core humane values and attitudes of American society."
HSUS and HSLF presented their awards at a reception on Wednesday, May 22 from 5:00 to 7:30 pm in Room H-137 of the U.S. Capitol.