April 16, 2018 – Last week, Rep. Chris Smith was honored as a 2017 Humane Legislator of the Year by the Humane Society Legislative Fund and the Humane Society of the United States. Rep. Smith was recognized as “the lead Republican” on key animal welfare issues for his “path-breaking animal protection legislation.”

“For 18 years, Rep. Smith has been the lead Republican mobilizing his colleagues to seek needed funds and provisions to enforce key animal welfare laws. Working closely with Rep. Earl Blumenauer, D-Ore., he has steadily built bipartisan support, with a record 184 Representatives joining the effort in 2017 and 190 this year.

“Their joint annual letters to the Agriculture Appropriations Subcommittee have been remarkably effective—for example, more than tripling funding for the Animal Welfare Act (which requires basic standards of care for millions of animals at breeding operations, laboratories, zoos, and other facilities) from $9 million per year in the 1990s to $30.8 million in FY18, despite challenging budget constraints,” the Humane Society Legislative Fund wrote in a statement.

“…He sponsored the End Neglected Tropical Diseases Act to improve research and treatment of rabies among other diseases, legislation approved by the Foreign Affairs Committee in November 2017. He has also voted in favor of animals consistently on the House floor, such as rejecting efforts to allow extreme trophy hunting methods of wolves and grizzly bears on National Wildlife Refuges and National Park Service land in Alaska.”

To read the Humane Society Legislative Fund’s full press release, click here.