WASHINGTON – The Humane Society Legislative Fund (HSLF), the nation’s leading political advocacy organization for animal welfare, recently endorsed Rep. Lou Barletta (PA-11) for re-election to the U.S. House of Representatives, citing his strong leadership and advocacy on animal protection policies.
“Lou Barletta has routinely supported advancements in animal welfare,” said Sara Amundson, executive director of the HSLF. “Voters in the 11th District who care about the humane treatment of animals should support Rep. Barletta for re-election.”
Barletta has cosponsored several bills promoting animal welfare, including: the Pet and Women Safety (PAWS) Act, which protects the human and animal victims of domestic violence and supports the work of battered women’s shelters to accommodate pets; the Prevent Animal Cruelty and Torture (PACT) Act, which makes malicious animal cruelty a crime on federal property and in interstate commerce, and complements state anti-cruelty laws; the Prevent All Soring Tactics (PAST) Act, which strengthens federal law against the “soring” of show horses, whereby caustic chemicals and other painful substances are used to injure the horses’ hooves and legs to induce a high-stepping gait; and the Safeguard American Food Exports (SAFE) Act, which prohibits the slaughter and export of horses for human consumption overseas.
“I am proud to receive the endorsement of the Humane Society Legislative Fund,” Barletta said. “One of my top priorities as a member of Congress is standing up for the most vulnerable among us, including animals. I look forward to continuing to push for commonsense policies that protect animal welfare.”
Barletta’s English cream golden retriever, Reilly, accompanies Barletta in his Capitol Hill office, a practice Barletta began with his collie, Casey, when he was mayor of Hazleton.
“People say that if you want a friend in Washington, get a dog,” Barletta said. “I can’t imagine being in D.C. without Reilly. He’s my best friend. He’s always happy to see me, which is not always the case with people in Congress.”