Susan has been recognized numerous times by the Humane Society of the United States’ with its Humane Advocate Award for her commitment to animal welfare. She received a perfect score on HSUS’s scorecard for the 114th Congress.
Protecting Elephants and Rhinos
Susan led a letter of her House colleagues urging passage of a California state bill to stop the ivory and rhino horn trades. Introduced by Assembly Speaker Toni Atkins, AB 96 would prohibit the sale, purchase or possession of ivory and rhino horns. AB 96 was eventually signed into law, effectively banning the ivory and rhino horn trade in California.
Ending Cosmetic Testing on Animals
Thousands of animals are subjected to excruciating cosmetic testing each year. Mice, guinea pigs, rats, and rabbits all suffer needlessly and are eventually killed after the testing. Susan is supporting a bill in the House to ban testing cosmetics on animals and prohibit the sale of any cosmetic if the final product or any component was tested on animals.
Ending Horse Soring
Soring a horse is inflicting pain – through the use of chemicals or cutting - on the leg of a horse to force it into an exaggerated, unnatural gait. Susan cosponsored the Prevent All Soring Tactics (or PAST) Act (H.R. 1518) to end the cruel practice of soring show horses.
Prohibiting Dog and Cat Meat Trade
The trade of dogs and cats for meat is a horrific practice that must be stopped. Susan is a cosponsor of the Dog and Cat Meat Prohibition Act, a bill that would amend the Animal Welfare Act to prohibit the domestic slaughter, trade, and import/export of dogs and cats for human consumption, and provide penalties for individuals involved in the dog or cat meat trade. This bill would prevent the dog and cat meat trade from taking hold in the U.S., serve as an important symbol of unity with countries and regions such as Thailand, Hong Kong, the Philippines, and Taiwan that have enacted dog and cat meat bans, and give the U.S. greater standing to press other nations to follow suit.
As a member of the Animal Protection Caucus, Susan works to protect both wild and domestic animals from cruelty and abuse. She supported efforts to close a loophole to ensure those who sell animals online are subject to same regulations as brick and mortar stores. As a result, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) extended these regulations to online sales.