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12-HumaneS on Jan 13, 2012

Political Group Ratings: by the Humane Society on animal rights issues
Source: HSLF website
112th Mid-Term Humane Scorecard: The Humane Society Legislative Fund has posted the final version of the 2011 Humane Scorecard, where you can track the performance of your federal lawmakers on key animal protection issues during last year. We rated legislators based on their voting behavior on measures such as agribusiness subsidies, lethal predator control, and the Endangered Species Act; their cosponsorship of priority bills on puppy mills, horse slaughter, animal fighting, and chimps in research; their support for funding the enforcement of animal welfare laws; and their leadership on animal protection. All of the priority bills whose cosponsorships we're counting enjoy strong bipartisan support; in the House, each of the four now has more than 150 cosponsors.

The Humane Scorecard is not a perfect measuring tool, but creating some reasonable yardstick and allowing citizens to hold lawmakers accountable is central to our work. When the Humane Scorecard comes out each year, it helps clarify how the animal protection movement is doing geographically, by party affiliation, and in other categories. It helps us chart our course for animals by seeing where we have been effective, and where we need to improve.

Also see the related Humane Society House ratings.


  • Topic: Environment
  • Headline: by HSLF, indicating an anti-animal welfare voting record
  • Headline 2: by HSLF, indicating a mixed voting record on animal welfare
  • Headline 3: by HSLF, indicating a pro-animal welfare voting record

  • Key for participation codes:
  • Sponsorships: p=sponsored; o=co-sponsored; s=signed
  • Memberships: c=chair; m=member; e=endorsed; f=profiled; s=scored
  • Resolutions: i=introduced; w=wrote; a=adopted
  • Cases: w=wrote; j=joined; d=dissented; c=concurred
  • Surveys: '+' supports; '-' opposes.



Democrats participating in 12-HumaneS

Daniel Akaka s3n80%HI Democratic Jr Senator (Retiring) 
Max Baucus s1n20%MT Democratic Sr Senator (retiring 2014) 
Mark Begich s3n100%AK Democratic Jr Senator 
Michael Bennet s2n40%CO Democratic Jr Senator 
Jeff Bingaman s2n40%NM Democratic Sr Senator (Retiring) 
Richard Blumenthal s3n100%CT Democratic Sr Senator 
Barbara Boxer s3n100%CA Democratic Jr Senator 
Sherrod Brown s2n60%OH Democratic Sr Senator 
Maria Cantwell s3n100%WA Democratic Jr Senator 
Benjamin Cardin s3n80%Maryland Democrat 
Tom Carper s3n80%DE Democratic Sr Senator 
Bob Casey s1n20%PA Democratic Sr Senator; previously state treasurer 
Kent Conrad s1n20%ND Democrat Sr Senator (Retiring) 
Chris Coons s3n80%DE Democratic Jr Senator 
Richard Durbin s3n100%IL Democratic Sr Senator 
Dianne Feinstein s3n100%CA Democratic Sr Senator 
Al Franken s2n40%MN Democrat/DFL Jr Senator 
Kirsten Gillibrand s3n100%New York Democrat 
Kay Hagan s1n20%NC Democratic Jr Senator 
Tom Harkin s2n60%IA Democratic Jr Senator (retiring 2014) 
Daniel Inouye s2n40%HI Democratic Sr Senator 
Tim Johnson s2n40%SD Democratic Sr Senator (retiring 2014) 
John Kerry s3n100%MA Democratic Sr Senator 
Amy Klobuchar s2n40%MN Democrat/DFL Sr Senator 
Herbert Kohl s3n80%WI Democratic Sr Senator (Retiring) 
Mary Landrieu s3n100%LA Democratic Sr Senator 
Frank Lautenberg s3n80%NJ Democratic Sr Senator (retiring 2014) 
Patrick Leahy s3n100%VT Democratic Sr Senator 
Carl Levin s3n80%MI Democratic Sr Senator (retiring 2014) 
Joe Manchin III s1n20%WV Democratic Senator 
Claire McCaskill s1n20%MO Democratic Sr Senator; previously state Auditor 
Robert Menendez s3n80%New Jersey Democrat 
Jeff Merkley s3n100%OR Democratic Jr Senator 
Barbara Mikulski s2n60%MD Democratic Sr Senator 
Patty Murray s2n60%WA Democratic Sr Senator 
Ben Nelson s2n40%NE Democratic Sr Senator (Retiring) 
Bill Nelson s2n60%FL Democratic Sr Senator 
Mark Pryor s1n0%AR Democratic Sr Senator 
Jack Reed s3n100%RI Democratic Sr Senator 
Harry Reid s1n20%NV Democratic Sr Senator 
John Rockefeller s2n40%WV Democratic Sr Senator (retiring 2014) 
Charles Schumer s3n80%NY Democratic Sr Senator 
Jeanne Shaheen s2n60%NH Democratic Sr Senator 
Debbie Stabenow s1n0%MI Democratic Jr Senator 
Jon Tester s1n20%MT Democratic Jr Senator 
Mark Udall s2n40%CO Democratic Sr Senator; previously Representative 
Tom Udall s3n80%New Mexico Democrat (Senate 2008) 
Mark Warner s2n40%VA Democratic Sr Senator; previously Governor 
James Webb s1n0%VA Democratic Sr Senator (Retiring) 
Sheldon Whitehouse s3n80%RI Democratic Jr Senator, previously attorney general 
Ron Wyden s2n60%OR Democratic Sr Senator 



Republicans participating in 12-HumaneS

Lamar Alexander s1n0%TN Republican Sr Senator 
Kelly Ayotte s1n20%NH Republican Jr Senator 
John Barrasso s1n20%WY Republican Jr Senator 
Roy Blunt s2n40%Missouri Republican (until 2010) 
John Boozman s1n20%AR Republican Jr Senator 
Richard Burr s1n20%NC Republican Sr Senator; previously Representative 
Saxby Chambliss s1n0%GA Republican Sr Senator (retiring 2014) 
Daniel Coats s1n20%IN Republican Jr Senator 
Tom Coburn s2n40%OK Republican Jr Senator; previously Representative 
Thad Cochran s1n20%MS Republican Sr Senator 
Susan Collins s3n100%ME Republican Sr Senator 
Bob Corker s1n20%TN Republican Jr Senator 
John Cornyn s1n20%TX Republican Sr Senator 
Michael Crapo s1n20%ID Republican Sr Senator 
Jim DeMint s1n20%SC Republican Jr Senator; previously Representative 
Michael Enzi s1n20%WY Republican Sr Senator 
Lindsey Graham s2n60%SC Republican Sr Senator 
Orrin Hatch s1n20%UT Republican Sr Senator 
Dean Heller s1n20%Nevada Republican (Resigned 2011) 
John Hoeven s1n0%ND Former Republican Governor (2000-2010) 
Kay Bailey Hutchison s1n20%TX Republican Sr Senator (Retiring) 
James Inhofe s1n0%OK Republican Sr Senator 
Johnny Isakson s1n0%GA Republican Jr Senator; previously Representative 
Mike Johanns s1n20%NE Former Republican Governor (2005-2007); elected Senator 2008 
Ron Johnson s1n20%WI Republican Sr Senator 
Mark Kirk s3n80%IL Republican Jr Senator 
Jon Kyl s1n20%AZ Republican Jr Senator (Retiring) 
Mike Lee s1n20%UT Republican Jr Senator 
Richard Lugar s1n20%IN Republican Sr Senator 
John McCain s1n20%AZ Republican Sr Senator 
Mitch McConnell s1n20%KY Republican Sr Senator 
Jerry Moran s1n0%Kansas Republican (until 2010) 
Lisa Murkowski s1n20%AK Republican Sr Senator 
Rand Paul s1n20%KY Republican Jr Senator 
Rob Portman s1n20%OH Republican Jr Senator 
Jim Risch s1n20%ID Former Republican Governor (2006-2007); U.S. Senator 
Pat Roberts s1n0%KS Republican Sr Senator 
Marco Rubio s1n20%FL Republican Jr Senator 
Jeff Sessions s1n20%AL Republican Sr Senator 
Richard Shelby s1n20%AL Republican Jr Senator 
Olympia Snowe s2n60%ME Republican Sr Senator 
John Thune s1n20%SD Republican Jr Senator; previously Representative 
Pat Toomey s1n20%PA Republican Jr Senator 
David Vitter s3n80%LA Republican Jr Senator; previously Representative 
Roger Wicker s1n0%Mississippi Republican (Senate 2008) 



Independents participating in 12-HumaneS

Scott Brown s3n80%NH Previsouly MA Republican Jr Senator 
Joseph Lieberman s3n100%CT Independent Sr Senator; Gore's VP nominee (Retiring) 
Bernie Sanders s3n100%Vermont Independent 



Total recorded by OnTheIssues:

Democrats: 51
Republicans: 45
Independents: 3


















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