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Humane Awards Event Honors Animal-Friendly Legislators

Congressmen Elton Gallegly and Jim Moran take top honors for their legislative efforts to protect animals

  • 2010 Humane Legislator of the Year U.S. Rep. Elton Gallegly (center) with HSUS President & CEO Wayne Pacelle and HSLF President Mike Markarian. Bill Petros

  • 2010 Humane Legislator of the Year U.S. Rep. Jim Moran (center) with (left to right) HSUS VP of Government Affairs Nancy Perry; HSUS President & CEO Wayne Pacelle; DC Attorney Mark Williams. Bill Petros

  • U.S. Rep. Ken Calvert with his dog "Cali" and HSLF Executive Director Sara Amundson. Bill Petros

At our annual congressional Humane Awards last night, The HSUS and the Humane Society Legislative Fund honored a bipartisan group of legislators who are using their time and talents to make the world a better place for animals. Several dozen members of Congress and their staff attended the event in the U.S. Capitol.

The top awards went to U.S. Reps. Elton Gallegly, R-Calif., and Jim Moran, D-Va., who were honored as the 2010 Humane Legislators of the Year. Gallegly and Moran are co-chairs of the bipartisan Congressional Animal Protection Caucus, and work to organize animal advocates in Congress and get them involved in the cause.

The Humane Legislator of the Year award recognizes federal lawmakers who have initiated path-breaking animal protection legislation or advanced policy reforms.

Rep. Gallegly was the lead author of the Animal Crush Video Prohibition Act of 2010, which banned the creation and distribution of obscene animal torture videos that show the intentional crushing, burning, drowning, suffocating and impaling of puppies, kittens, and other live animals for the titillation of viewers.

Rep. Moran was the lead author of the Truth in Fur Labeling Act, designed to bring disclosure and accuracy to the labeling of fur-trimmed apparel. Rep. Moran also championed efforts to protect wild horses, promote adoption of alternatives to animal tests by the Environmental Protection Agency, and allow the EPA to collect greenhouse gas emissions data from the largest factory farms.

In addition to the top awards for Reps. Gallegly and Moran:

• Humane Champion awards went to 20 legislators who took the lead on animal welfare legislation and also received a perfect score on the 2010 Humane Scorecard

• Legislative Leader awards went to 99 legislators for their leadership as prime sponsors of pro-animal legislation

• Humane Advocate awards went to 25 legislators who received a perfect score on the 2010 Humane Scorecard

Learn more about our work to protect animals at the state and federal levels»

Note: A copy of the 2010 Humane Scorecard can be found on the Humane Society Legislative Fund website.