Animal Welfare Groups Applaud Naming Rep. John Campbell (R-Calif.) Co-Chair of Congressional Animal Protection Caucus

Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Bipartisan caucus committed to raising awareness of animal welfare issues in Congress

WASHINGTON, D.C.—The ASPCA® (The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals®), Animal Welfare Institute (AWI), The Humane Society of the United States (HSUS), and The Humane Society Legislative Fund (HSLF) applaud the naming of Rep. John Campbell (R-Calif.), who is joining Rep. Jim Moran (D-Va.), as the new co-chair of the Congressional Animal Protection Caucus (CAPC) for the 113th Congress. The CAPC is a bipartisan caucus committed to raising awareness of animal welfare issues in Congress. The four national animal welfare groups hosted a welcome reception for Rep. Campbell and the returning members of the CAPC on Capitol Hill on Feb. 5.

Rep. Campbell has been a key advocate for animal welfare issues by cosponsoring legislation that would end horse slaughter, crack down on puppy mills, and strengthen penalties against animal fighting. He has also been a leader on legislation to reform and bring oversight to the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Wildlife Services, a little-known federal program that uses tax dollars to kill wildlife species for the benefit of private ranchers and homeowners. Last Congress, Rep. Campbell sponsored legislation that would ban two deadly poisons used by Wildlife Services. The indiscriminate use of these poisons places wildlife, pets, and humans at risk.

“I am very pleased and honored to have the opportunity to work alongside of Congressman Moran in leading this important caucus,” said Rep. Campbell. “I look forward to the opportunities the Caucus will have this year to come together in a bipartisan fashion to highlight the animal protection needs that remain unaddressed in this nation.”

"I welcome Representative Campbell as co-chair of the Animal Protection Caucus,” said Rep. Moran. “From cracking down on animal fighting to protecting threatened wildlife, the Caucus spearheads efforts to properly care for Earth's living creatures. John has been an active member of the Caucus during his service in the House, and I look forward to working with him and our bipartisan group of 70 members to advance the humane treatment of all animals during the 113th Congress."

Rep. Jim Moran is a long time advocate for animal protection in Congress. In his time co-chairing the CAPC, he has led congressional efforts to improve the lives of animals through sponsorship and leadership of many key bills, including measures to increase penalties on animal fighting and to protect endangered species. Last Congress, Rep. Moran introduced a resolution that expressed congressional opposition to the use of gas chambers for euthanasia in animal shelters, as well as a ban on spending taxpayer money to support horse slaughter.

Formed in 2009, the CAPC, through non-partisan forums and briefings, seeks to highlight important issues affecting animals and upcoming animal welfare legislation. CAPC also tracks the progress of relevant legislation, provides members of Congress with dependable information, and attempts to build broad coalitions in support of common-sense, humane animal welfare laws.

MEDIA CONTACTS:
ASPCA: Rebecca Goldrick, 646-291-4582, Rebecca.Goldrick@aspca.org
AWI: Chris Heyde, 202-446-2142, chris@awionline.org
HSUS: Heather Sullivan, 301- 548-777, Hsullivan@hsus.org

About the ASPCA®
Founded in 1866, the ASPCA® (The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals®) is the first animal welfare organization in North America and serves as the nation’s leading voice for animals. More than two million supporters strong, the ASPCA’s mission is to provide effective means for the prevention of cruelty to animals throughout the United States. As a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit corporation, the ASPCA is a national leader in the areas of anti-cruelty, community outreach and animal health services. For more information, please visit www.ASPCA.org, and be sure to follow the ASPCA on Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest.

About AWI
The Animal Welfare Institute is a non-profit charitable organization founded in 1951 to alleviate the suffering caused to animals by humans. For more information, please visit AWI online at http://www.awionline.org/. Also, be sure to follow AWI on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/animalwelfareinstituteand Twitter at http://www.twitter.com/AWIOnline.

About The HSUS
Follow The HSUS on Twitter. See our work for animals on your iPhone by searching “HumaneTV” in the App Store. The Humane Society of the United States is the nation's largest animal protection organization — backed by 11 million Americans, or one of every 28. For more than a half-century, The HSUS has been fighting for the protection of all animals through advocacy, education and hands-on programs. Celebrating animals and confronting cruelty — On the Web at humanesociety.org.

About The HSLF
Follow HSLF on Twitter at twitter.com/HSLegFund. The Humane Society Legislative Fund is a social welfare organization incorporated under section 501(c)(4) of the Internal Revenue Code and formed in 2004 as a separate lobbying affiliate of The Humane Society of the United States. The HSLF works to pass animal protection laws at the state and federal level, to educate the public about animal protection issues, and to support humane candidates for office. On the web at hslf.org.

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