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Let the fur fly: Humane Society ranks Congress

The Humane Society is out with a ranking of members of Congress on a variety of animal protection measures, including an animal fighting ban that outlaws the transport of cockfighting weapons.

Recorded votes and bill sponsorship were tallied, along with members of Congress who signed letters seeking to enforce animal welfare laws.

No one in Florida scored 100, but South Florida Democrats appeared to be the most animal-friendly: Reps. Ron Klein, D-Boca Raton, Debbie Wasserman Schultz, D-Weston and Robert Wexler, D-Palm Beach, scored 83. Republican Reps. Tom Feeney, Oviedo; Connie Mack, Cape Coral and Cliff Stearns, Ocala, got zeroes.

Among the South Florida Republicans, Reps. Lincoln Diaz-Balart and Ileana Ros-Lehtinen led with 67 points, followed by Rep. Mario Diaz-Balart at 34. That was Democratic Rep. Kendrick Meek's score too.

In the Senate, Democrat Bill Nelson scored 50 and Republican Mel Martinez: 0. But Martinez's office points out that the senator (whose father was a vet) supports and has been a past co-sponsor of a bill that seeks to ban the slaughter of horses for human consumption. He's also voted to prohibit animal fighting and to increase funding for veterinarian science.

"Of course he loves animals," spokesman Ken Lundberg said.

Read the full report at humane_society.pdf