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Vote Yes On California Prop 2 – Advocates Unite

California Animal Welfare Advocates Unite to Support Prop 2 and Humane Candidates in Congressional Races!

Voter Guide

The 2008 election is tomorrow, November 4, and advocates of animal protection in California need to know who is standing up for their interests in Congress. The Humane Society Legislative Fund is the non-partisan political arm of the humane movement, and we want you to know who the humane candidates are in the California congressional races.




The cause of animals is broad and bipartisan, and it attracts support from all ends of the political spectrum. HSLF works with both Democrats and Republicans who advance the humane treatment of animals. And we support them in their elections, too, so they can continue to fight for animal protection policies. In order to pass humane laws, we need to elect humane lawmakers — and we need to make tough choices in elections when the stakes are so high for animals.

Additionally, animal advocates across the country are working together to achieve a YES! on Prop 2 — a measure on the California ballot that has the potential to be the greatest victory for farm animals in U.S. history. I urge you to Vote Yes on Prop 2 and share this info about Prop 2 with your friends and family in California before they vote tomorrow.

HSLF is a non-partisan organization that evaluates candidates based on two overarching criteria: their viability and their stands on animal protection policies. HSLF does not judge candidates based on party affiliation or any other issue. 


DISTRICT 1: Mike Thompson (D)*
DISTRICT 3: Bill Durston (D)
DISTRICT 4: Charlie Brown (D)
DISTRICT 5: Doris Matsui (D)*
DISTRICT 6: Lynn Woolsey (D)*
DISTRICT 7: George Miller (D)*
DISTRICT 8: Nancy Pelosi (D)*
DISTRICT 9: Barbara Lee (D)*
DISTRICT 10: Ellen Tauscher (D)*
DISTRICT 11: Gerald McNerney (D)*
DISTRICT 12:  Jackie Speier (D)*
DISTRICT 13: Fortney H. “Pete” Stark (D)*
DISTRICT 14: Anna Eshoo (D)*
DISTRICT 15: Michael Honda (D)*
DISTRICT 16: Zoe Lofgren (D)*
DISTRICT 17: Sam Farr (D)*
DISTRICT 23: Lois Capps (D)*
DISTRICT 24: Elton Gallegly (R)*
DISTRICT 27: Brad Sherman (D)*
DISTRICT 28: Howard Berman (D)*


DISTRICT 29: Adam Schiff (D)*
DISTRICT 30: Henry Waxman (D)*
DISTRICT 31: Xavier Becerra (D)*
DISTRICT 32: Hilda Solis (D)*
DISTRICT 33: Diane Watson (D)*
DISTRICT 34: Lucille Roybal-Allard (D)*
DISTRICT 35: Maxine Waters (D)*
DISTRICT 36: Jane Harman (D)*
DISTRICT 37: Laura Richardson (D)*
DISTRICT 38: Grace Napolitano (D)*
DISTRICT 39: Linda Sánchez (D)*
DISTRICT 40: Ed Royce (R)*
DISTRICT 44: Ken Calvert (R)*
DISTRICT 45: Mary Bono Mack (R)*
DISTRICT 47: Loretta Sanchez (D)*
DISTRICT 48: John Campbell (R)*
DISTRICT 50: Brian Bilbray (R)*
DISTRICT 51: Bob Filner (D)*
DISTRICT 53: Susan Davis (D)*

And please forward the link to this email to your friends and family who care about animals and urge them to vote for humane candidates this November!

Thank you,

Mike Markarian
Humane Society Legislative Fund

November 3, 2008 Posted by | Animal Rights And Awareness, Just One More Pet, Stop Animal Cruelty | , , , | 2 Comments

URGENT ALERT: Don’t Let Joe Knollenberg Lie About Animal Cruelty!

The Humane Society Legislative Fund — the nation’s only group that tracks on a nonpartisan basis the voting records of Members of Congress and works to hold them accountable — needs your help on an urgent election issue. We are working to let voters in Michigan’s 9th Congressional District know about U.S. Rep. Joe Knollenberg’s terrible record on animal cruelty — one of the worst records in the entire country. Click here to see our TV ad
highlighting Knollenberg’s terrible record.

But now, just days before the election, Joe Knollenberg is paying for radio ads and robo-calls trying to fool voters into believing that he is a friend of animals. He is even trying to use local humane societies as a shield for his long and embarrassing record on animal cruelty.

Please call Joe Knollenberg’s campaign office today at 248-723-1477. Tell him to stop lying about his record on animal cruelty, and to stop using local humane societies as a shield for his political agenda.

The Humane Society Legislative Fund has been watching Joe Knollenberg vote against animal protection time and again. We’ve reached out to him and asked for his vote to stop animal cruelty, yet he has sided with animal abusers almost every time. In fact, he has an average score of 12 out of 100 over 16 years in Congress — meaning Knollenberg sided with animal abusers 88 percent of the time!

Some of his votes on animal protection issues include the following:

  • Horse Slaughter: He voted against the American Horse Slaughter Prevention Act, H.R. 503 (http://clerk.house.gov/evs/2006/roll433.xml — September 7, 2006), to prohibit the slaughter of American horses to be served as a foreign delicacy in France and Belgium.

  • Animal Fighting: He voted against the Blumenauer-Tancredo amendment to H.R. 2673 (http://clerk.house.gov/evs/2003/roll355.xml — July 14, 2003) which provided $800,000 for the U.S. Department of Agriculture to improve enforcement of the federal law against animal fighting — the same law that was later used to break up Michael Vick’s dogfighting ring.


  • Polar Bears: He voted against the Inslee-LoBiondo amendment to H.R. 2643 (http://clerk.house.gov/evs/2007/roll573.xml — June 27, 2007) to prohibit wealthy American trophy hunters from importing the heads and hides of sport-hunted polar bears killed in the Arctic.


  • Downer Cattle: He voted against the Ackerman-LaTourette amendment to H.R. 2673 (http://clerk.house.gov/evs/2003/roll357.xml — July 14, 2003) to protect our food supply and stop the abuse of sick and crippled cattle too weak to walk to slaughter. Six months after that vote, a downer cow in the U.S. tested positive for “mad cow disease.”


  • Bear Baiting: He voted against the Gallegly-Moran amendment to H.R. 2691 (http://clerk.house.gov/evs/2003/roll382.xml — July 17, 2003) to stop the inhumane and unsporting practice of shooting bears over piles of pizza and jelly doughnuts on national forests.


  • Lethal Predator Control: He voted against the DeFazio-Bass amendment to H.R. 1906 (http://clerk.house.gov/evs/1999/roll172.xml — June 8, 1999) and the DeFazio-Bass-Morella amendment to H.R. 4461 (http://clerk.house.gov/evs/2000/roll382.xml — July 11, 2000) to end the use of tax dollars to kill predators with cruel traps and poisons as a government subsidy for private ranchers.


  • Dolphin-Safe Tuna: He voted for H.R. 408 (http://clerk.house.gov/evs/1997/roll151.xml — May 21, 1997) which ended the embargo on dolphin-deadly tuna and weakened protections for dolphins caught in tuna nets, and he voted against the Miller amendment to H.R. 2670 (http://clerk.house.gov/evs/1999/roll382.xml — August 5, 1999) to limit U.S. funding of the international tuna fishing convention, which allows the use of dolphin-deadly nets.


  • Trapping: He voted against the Farr-Whitfield amendment to H.R. 2466 (http://clerk.house.gov/evs/1999/roll291.xml — July 14, 1999) to stop the use of steel-jawed leghold traps and wire neck snares to kill and maim animals for their fur pelts on national wildlife refuges.


  • Fur Subsidies: He voted against the Shays-Deutsch amendment to H.R. 1976 (http://clerk.house.gov/evs/1995/roll553.xml — July 21, 1995) which eliminated a $2 million annual subsidy for the luxury mink coat industry.


  • Foreign Trophy Hunting: He voted against the Fox-Miller amendment to H.R. 2159 (http://clerk.house.gov/evs/1997/roll359.xml — September 4, 1997) to stop the use of tax dollars to promote the trophy hunting of African elephants and other foreign species as a rural development strategy.


  • Yellowstone Bison: He voted against the Rahall amendment to H.R. 2691 (http://clerk.house.gov/evs/2003/roll383.xml — July 17, 2003) to protect the last free-roaming buffalo herd in Yellowstone National Park from government slaughter.


  • Wild Horses and Burros: He voted against the Rahall-Whitfield-Sweeney-Spratt amendment to H.R. 2361 (http://clerk.house.gov/evs/2005/roll196.xml — May 19, 2005), and voted against H.R. 249 (http://clerk.house.gov/evs/2007/roll269.xml — April 26, 2007), to restore the decades-long protection for wild horses and burros on public lands from commercial sale and slaughter.


Don’t be fooled by Joe Knollenberg’s phony conversion to animal issues right before the election. He can’t hide from his long and embarrassing record on animal cruelty, and now he is lying about it. Please forward this message to everyone you know in Michigan’s 9th District, and urge them to vote for Gary Peters instead — the candidate we can trust on animal protection.

Thank you,

Mike Markarian
Humane Society Legislative Fund

November 3, 2008 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 3 Comments