As an animal rights advocate on Capitol Hill, I will do everything within my power to work with animal rights organizations and
like-minded lawmakers to reverse this decision. This is a non-partisan issue- we can all agree: there is no place for horse slaughter in the U.S.”
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.