HSUS honors animal-friendly members of Congress

A brief ceasefire in the partisan battles on Capitol Hill tonight when the Humane Society of the United States honors members of Congress who have led the charge on pro-animal legislation - 131 members to be exact. 

Democrats outnumbered Republicans almost 3-1 in the 2009 Humane Awards and only five members of Pennsylvania's 21-member delegation were recognized.

The Humane Society Legislative Fund compiles a federal Humane Scorecard to provide a snapshot of animal protection issues considered by the U.S. Congress and give animal advocates a tool to assess the performance of their Senators and Representatives.The scorecard tracks key votes as well as co-sponsorship of important pro-animal bills and support for adequate funding needed to enforce key animal welfare laws. Among the bills under consideration last year were the banning the transport of horses for slaughter, fur labeling and limiting use of antibiotics.

There are three levels of awards: Humane Champions scored 100 percent and were prime sponsors of animal welfare legislation, Humane Advocates were prime sponsors on animal welfare bills and Legislative Leaders scored 100 percent.

The Pennsylvania winners are:

Rep. Robert Brady (D-1st)
Humane Advocate
Rep. Mike Doyle (D-14th)
Legislative Leader
Rep. Jim Gerlach (R-6th)
Legislative Leader
Rep. Joe Sestak (D-7th)
Humane Advocate