Method/Source: Using research and individual ratings provided by the Humane Society Legislative Fund’s (HSLF) “Humane Scorecard” for both the U.S. House of Representatives and the U.S. Senate, the target for this indicator is a combined rating of 100. The score is calculated using the combined average ratings for the most recent legislative session for both the House and Senate, as a proportion of the target rating.
“Humane Scorecard” scores for the U.S. Congress
Discussion: Support within the U.S. Congress is critical for the advancement of animal protection. According to the HSLF: “Many animal protection issues never receive a recorded vote in Congress. Some are enacted by voice vote, and some languish. To accurately measure legislators’ support, HSLF counts not just recorded votes, but also other meaningful ways that legislators can help issues advance, such as cosponsoring key bills and cosigning letters seeking increased enforcement of animal welfare laws.”
The current U.S. House score is based on votes for or against issues including animal “crush” videos, factory farming, marine turtles, puppy mills, exotic pets, horse slaughter, and the use of chimpanzees in research. The House score increased from 56 in the 110th Congress to 58 in the most recent 111th Congress. The current U.S. Senate score is based on votes for or against issues including puppy mills, horse slaughter, fur labeling, and the use of chimpanzees in research. The Senate score decreased from 49 in the 110th Congress to 35 in the 111th Congress.
Source: Humane Society Legislative Fund