Washington, D.C. – Congressman Eliot L. Engel, a senior member of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, received a perfect 100+ score on the Humane Society of the United States’ 2015 Humane Scorecard. The annual scorecard provides ‘a snapshot of Congress in terms of animal protection issues’ that were called to the Members’ attention by the Humane Society. Engel received the 100+ score for his perfect voting record in support of animal protections, and he earned extra credit for his leadership against global animal poaching.
“I am so proud of my 100+ rating from the Humane Society, and I am certain my dog Sandy will be pretty proud also,” Congressman Engel said. “I can’t tell you how much joy our little dog has brought into our home over the years, and millions of American pet owners would tell you the exact same thing about their animals. These are all wonderful and loving, living creatures, and it is our duty to make sure they are properly cared for and protected.
“In Congress, I have always made animal welfare legislation a big priority of mine. In addition to the legislation the Humane Society scored in 2015—which included the Global Anti-Poaching Act I authored—I also worked diligently to bring an end to painful and unnecessary testing on baby monkeys at the National Institute of Health. I will continue to do all that I can to earn another 100+ in 2016, because if we don’t speak-up on behalf of these animals, who will?”
Please note this press release was originally published on February 8, 2016 by Congressman Engel’s House of Representative’s office and posted to this website no sooner than 72 hours after initial publication.