Humane Society Endorses Don Beyer

May 21, 2014 (Alexandria, VA) – The Humane Society Legislative Fund endorsed Don Beyer for Congress today, saying he was the best candidate in the field to “build on Jim Moran’s outstanding body of work on animal welfare … Voters who care about the humane treatment of animals should support Don Beyer for Congress.”

The Humane Society, whose statement is below, joins a long list of organizations and individuals endorsing former Lieutenant Governor Beyer, including Howard Dean, David Axelrod, the Council for a Livable World/PeacePAC, the National Association of Postal Supervisors, and the Professional Aviation Safety Specialists.

The full list of endorsements can be found here.


Humane Society Legislative Fund Endorses Don Beyer for Congress

WASHINGTON (May 20, 2014) — The Humane Society Legislative Fund, the nation’s leading political advocacy organization for animal welfare, announces its endorsement of former Virginia Lt. Gov. and U.S. Ambassador to Switzerland Don Beyer, for the open House seat in Virginia’s 8th Congressional District. Citing his strong support of animal protection policies, the Humane Society Legislative Fund urges 8th District voters to support Don Beyer in the Democratic primary.

“Don Beyer understands that one element of a civil society is the humane treatment of all animals, and he would work in Congress to protect these creatures from cruelty and abuse,” said Michael Markarian, president of the Humane Society Legislative Fund. “The 8th District needs a representative who will build on Jim Moran’s outstanding body of work on animal welfare, and Don Beyer has pledged to take on issues such as puppy mills, wildlife protection and cosmetic testing on animals. Voters who care about the humane treatment of animals should support Don Beyer for Congress.”

Virginia’s 8th Congressional District has been represented for 24 years by retiring Rep. Jim Moran. Moran has always been one of the leading advocates for animal protection in Congress, and serves as the co-chair of the Congressional Animal Protection Caucus.

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