Humane Society bestows its highest grade on Buchanan

U.S. Rep. Vern Buchanan (R-FL) earned the U.S. Human Society’s highest grade on Thursday for his work to prevent animal cruelty and to protect wildlife.

The U.S. Humane Society gave Buchanan a score of 100-plus. The group also designated him a “Legislative Leader,” an honor given to members of Congress who introduce animal protection bills.

“Stopping animal cruelty and safeguarding threatened wildlife should be a bipartisan issue important to all of us,” Buchanan said.

Buchanan introduced bipartisan legislation in 2015 that prohibited horses from being transported to slaughterhouses in Mexico that ship horse meat around the world. He also voted in favor of tightening animal cruelty laws and banning cosmetic testing on dogs, rabbits and other animals.

“Congressman Buchanan has been a leading advocate for animal protection in Congress, preventing animal cruelty and protecting endangered species,” Michael Markarian, the president of the Humane Society Legislative Fund, said.

Buchanan has also supported the welfare of animals in Florida, his home state. He urged the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Services to reverse a decision that would have weakened protections for the manatee outlined in the Endangered Species Act. He also called on the Obama administration to designate a critical habitat for endangered panthers.

“We applaud Congressman Buchanan’s work to celebrate the human-animal bond, protect pets from malicious cruelty and stop abusive practices such as horse slaughter,” Markarian said.

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