Humane Society Honors Fitzpatrick
WASHINGTON, D.C. --- Congressman Mike Fitzpatrick (PA-8) was honored last night by the Humane Society of the United States for his leadership and support of animal welfare legislation in the 112th Congress.
Fitzpatrick, a member of the Congressional Animal Protection Caucus, received a Legislative Leader award for his work on the “primates as pets” issue, and blocking a rider that would have gutted the Endangered Species Act.
“Animal protection issues continue to bring Members of Congress together across party lines, and have the strong support of mainstream Americans,” said Humane Society Legislative Fund President Michael Markarian. “We thank Representative Fitzpatrick for his outstanding effort to ensure our federal laws reflect the core humane values and attitudes of American society.”
“Protecting those who can’t protect themselves has always been an important mission of mine in Congress,” Fitzpatrick said. Safeguarding animals against abuse and advancing their protection is not a partisan issue. Kindness and compassion are values we all share, and the humane treatment of pets and wildlife should be a common cause.
“I am grateful for this honor and look forward to working with the Society and their members on commonsense legislation that addresses important issues affecting animals and their treatment,” he said.
The Humane Society Legislative Fund gave Fitzpatrick a “90” on their annual Humane Scorecard for 2012-- the highest score of any Pennsylvania Republican. The scorecard provides a snapshot of animal protection issues considered by the Congress. And it gives animal advocates a tool to assess the performance of their Representatives by tracking key votes and co-sponsorship of important pro-animal bills and letters.
“Representative Fitzpatrick has exhibited outstanding leadership on animal welfare legislation,” said Wayne Pacelle, president and CEO of The Humane Society of the United States. “We are very grateful for his support in creating a more humane world.”
Fitzpatrick has championed animal welfare bills, including:
- Co-sponsor, Puppy Uniform Protection and Safety (PUPS) Act [HR835]: Cracks down on abusive "puppy mills" in the United States, where breeding dogs are often stacked in wire cages for years to produce litter after litter.
- Co-sponsor, Prevent All Soring Tactics Act (PAST) Act [H.R. 6388]: Strengthens enforcement of anti-soring regulations and help end the practice of soring by horse trainers.
- Co-sponsor, Animal Fighting Spectator Prohibition Act [HR 2492]: Establishes misdemeanor penalties for knowingly attending an organized animal fight and felony penalties for bringing a minor to such a fight.
- Original co-sponsor, American Horse Slaughter Prevention Act [HR 2966]: Prohibits the transport (including export) of horses for slaughter for human consumption.
Congressman Mike Fitzpatrick is serving his third term in the U.S. House of Representatives. He represents Pennsylvania’s 8th district which includes all of Bucks County and a portion of Montgomery County. He serves as Vice Chairman of the House Financial Services Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations.