With its eyes squarely fixed on the U.S. Congress, the Humane Society of the
House and Senate Democrats scored higher than their Republican counterparts, Seven Democratic senators received a 100+ rating, as did 22 congressmen. HSUS' measure for the 100+ rating reflected those members who were the prime sponsors of pro-animal legislation that became law.
Senate Democrats on the “100+” list include Joe Biden (Del.), now the U.S. vice president, Barbara Boxer (Calif..), Diane Feinstein (Calif.), John Kerry (Mass.) and Carl Levin (Mich.) Ten other Democrats rated a score of 100, while only two Republicans in the Senate earned a 100 rating: Olympia Snowe and Susan Collins, both of Maine.
Lawmakers also were rated based on their co-sponsorship of bills, and the "scorecard” gave lawmakers credit for attempting to increase funding to enforce animal-welfare laws on the books.
In the House, 38 Democrats received 100 percent ratings, including Barbara Lee (
House republican legislators receiving a score of "0" totaled 16, including House Minority Leader John Boehner (
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, a Nevada Democrat, earned the relatively low score of 33.
The scorecard also outlines HSUS' goals for the 111th Congress, including:
- Ensuring that emissions from "factory farms" aren’t exempt from legislation to combat global-warming.
- Requiring that data on animal-cruelty crimes be reported as a separate category in federal crime statistics databases.
- Changing federal tax law to ensure that
courts uphold “pet trusts” set up for “companion animals” after the owner’s death. U.S.
- Phasing out the use of chimpanzees in invasive research, retiring all federally owned chimpanzees to sanctuaries and codifying the National Institutes of Health moratorium on breeding these animals for invasive research.
- Ensuring that students can choose humane alternatives to animal dissection.
- Banning importation of pythons.