Congressman Alcee L. Hastings (D-FL) released the following statement after the Humane Society Legislative Fund awarded him a 100 percent rating on their 2013 Annual Scorecard:
“I am pleased to once again receive this recognition from the Humane Society Legislative Fund. Animal welfare remains an issue of great importance to me, and I will continue to work to ensure that all animals are treated fairly and humanely.
“I have proudly offered my support to a number of legislative initiatives throughout my tenure in Congress to improve the welfare of animals. I believe that animal abuse is unequivocally wrong, and will never waiver in my support for animal rights.”
Hastings is co-sponsor of four pieces of legislation that will protect animal welfare as well as consumers, including H.R. 1518, the Preventing All Soring Tactics (PAST) Act, H.R. 1731, the Egg Products Inspection Act Amendments, H.R. 366, the Animal Fighting Spectator Prohibition Act, and H.R. 1094, the Safeguard American Food Exports (SAFE) Act.
Every year, the Humane Society Legislative Fund rates U.S. Senators and Representatives on their leadership and advocacy for animal rights. The scorecard tracks key votes, sponsorship, and co-sponsorship of important pro-animal legislation.
Congressman Alcee L. Hastings serves as Senior Member of the House Rules Committee, Ranking Democratic Member of the U.S. Helsinki Commission, and Co-Chairman of the Florida Delegation.