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Online Tool Reveals Lawmakers’ Stance on Equine Welfare


A new online tool is enabling US voters to see at a glance how their government representatives have acted on legislation surrounding animal welfare issues.

Animal Wellness Action executive director Marty Irby speaks at a meeting on the organisation’s federal equine protection work in Congress on the PAST Act (Prevent All Soring Tactics).

The Congressional Accountability Tool (CAT), a digital advocacy platform, was launched this week by Animal Wellness Action (Action), a new 501(c)(4) organization promoting legal standards against cruelty. Issues under scrutiny include the slaughter of horses (including wild mustangs and burros) for human consumption, horse soring, opening up national wildlife refuges and national preserves in Alaska to aerial hunting of bears, cracking down on staged animal fights in US territories, and adopting the nation’s first-ever anti-cruelty statute.

The CAT is a voter-centric tool that allows users to examine a detailed set of summaries on animal issues after inputting a zip code or selecting the name of the lawmaker. The information is assembled in two data clusters: 1) their records for the 115th Congress (from January 2017 to present) and 2) for much or all of their Congressional careers. The data visualization firm Periscopic, along with Animal Wellness Action creative director Michael Prieve, designed the tool.

Animal Wellness Action looked only at matters that attracted substantial Congressional debate and support and that animal protection groups considered important policy issues. While lawmakers have introduced more than 50 animal welfare bills in the 115th Congress, the CAT includes the 10 or so issues that had a critical mass of support and that offered the prospect of meaningful reform by being approved in both chambers…(CONTINUED)

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  1. My two senators got great reports – not surprised but pleased to see it on the chart.
    “Exceptional support on issues of animal cruelty.”
    “Strong support on issues of animal cruelty.”

    On the other hand, my representative got “Weak support on issues of animal cruelty.”

    … including his refusal to support the H.R.113 – Safeguard American Food Exports Act of 2017
    and refusal to support the Prevent All Soring Tactics Act
    and his refusal to support the Dog and Cat Meat Trade Prohibition Act
    and his refusal to support the Preventing Animal Cruelty and Torture Act
    and other important animal protection acts.
    What a ________ he is! Not surprised he got those results and there is a strong push to get rid of him!


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