U.S. Rep. Gary Ackerman (D-Bayside) was honored this month for his legislative leadership on animal protection, courtesy of the Humane Society and on behalf of supporters in the 5th Congressional District.
The group presented Ackerman with the Humane Champion Award with its affiliate, the Humane Society Legislative Fund, for earning a perfect score on the 2011 Humane Scorecard and for his leadership on the Downed Animal and Food Safety Protection Act.
“Rep. Ackerman has been a prominent voice in the U.S. Congress for safeguarding animals against abuse and advancing their protection,” Wayne Pacelle, president and CEO of The Humane Society, said in a press release. “We are deeply grateful for his being such a stalwart champion and consistent friend in our efforts to create a more humane world.”
The Humane Society Legislative Fund compiles a federal Humane scorecard each year to illustrate how animal protection issues are treated by Congress. The scorecard tracks representatives’ votes and sponsorships on pro-animal legislation.
Ackerman was one of 127 legislators, including one-third of the U.S. Senate and a quarter of the House of Representatives, to receive an award. The Humane Society and the Humane Society Legislative Fund presented the award at a Capitol Hill reception March 7.
“It is heartening to see again how animal protection issues bring members of Congress together across party lines,” said Humane Society Legislative Fund President Michael Markarian. “We thank Rep. Ackerman for his outstanding work to ensure that our federal laws reflect the core humane values and attitudes of American society.”