When it comes to voting for congressional seats -those who think like myself will want to see how their legislators voted in regards to animal issues. I am so grateful to the Humane Legislative Fund and its president Michael Markarian. I don't know for how long the Humane Scoreboard has been published, but it is a great tool for measuring compassion in my opinion. For those who want to see how their legislator voted in the 111th Congress please click:
I also read with great interest HSLF's list of:
A FEW OF THE MOST IMPORTANT 2009 STATISTICS OF VOTING
* A bipartisan group of 33 Senators and 98 Representatives covering 37 states and two U.S. territories led as prime sponsors of pro-animal Legislation and/or scored perfect 100- nearly one third of the Senate and one-quarter of the House.
* The average Senate score was a 39, with Senate Democrats averging 56 and Senate Republicans averaging 11.
* The average House score was a 51, with House Democrats averaging 71 and House Republicans averaging 22.
* Thirteen Senators scored 100 or 100+.
* Twenty-nine Senators scored zero.
* Fifty-four Representatives scored 100 or 100+.
* Fifty-four Representatives scored zero.
* The New England region led the pack with an average Senate score of 77 and an average House score of 86.
* The Rocky Mountains were at the bottom with an average Senate score of 14 and an average House score of 28.
* California, Massachusetts, and New Jersey are the only states with an average Senate score of 100 or 100+
* Alabama, Kentucky, Nebraska, Oklahoma, Texas, Utah, and Wyoming were the only states in which both Senators scored zero.
* Connecticut, Delaware, Hawaii, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New York, Rhode Island, and Vermont are the only states with an average House score of more than 80.