U.S. Congressman Frank A. LoBiondo (NJ-02) was honored by the Humane Society of the United States for his continued support of legislation to protect animals from suffering and abuse throughout 2013. LoBiondo received the "Legislative Leader Award" for his leadership on the "Prevent All Soring Tactics (PAST) Act" that would crack down on the practice of "soring," in which trainers deliberately inflict pain on the hooves and legs of walking horses and certain other breeds.
"As a true lover of animals and owner of two Weimaraners, I am honored to receive this award from the Humane Society of the United States. Their tireless efforts and advocacy on behalf of animals has served as a model for me, and I will continue to work with the Humane Society on issues important to their members," said LoBiondo.
The Humane Society of the United States is the nation's largest animal protection organization, rated the most effective by its peers. Since 1954, The HSUS has been fighting for the protection of all animals through advocacy, education and hands-on programs. They rescue and care for tens of thousands of animals each year, but its primary mission is to prevent cruelty before it occurs. More information available at: humanesociety.org.
Michael Markarian, president of Humane Society Legislative Fund said: "Time and again we see animal protection issues bring Members of Congress together across party lines, reflecting the overwhelming support of mainstream Americans. We thank these leaders for giving animals a strong voice in Congress, and ensuring that our federal laws are consistent with the core humane values of American society."
In total, 161 legislators -- 6 New Jersey Representatives as well as Senator Robert Menendez and the late Senator Frank Lautenberg - received awards for their work in 2013. The award was presented to LoBiondo and other recipients at an evening ceremony at the Capitol last night.
LoBiondo and his wife Tina have two Weimaraners -- Luca & Lucia.