Humane PA’s endorsement process is deliberative and it gives careful consideration to each race for which an endorsement is issued. In evaluating who to endorse, we consider many factors. First, if a candidate is an incumbent, we have the benefit of reviewing their legislative record. In addition to how a candidate voted on humane/anti-cruelty related legislation, we examine and weigh whether or not the incumbent has been a leader, i.e., a prime sponsor, co-sponsor or one who worked with animal advocates to move legislation. Prime sponsors are viewed most favorably, as they have demonstrated leadership on the issues so important to all of us, and especially to animals.
Next, we carefully review every response to Humane PA’s candidate questionnaire, and perform many follow up telephone interviews.
We are also mindful of the experiences and feedback from our members, many of whom have met with the candidates in their own districts to discuss anti-cruelty and humane issues. This feedback is invaluable in that candidates have not only been educated by their constituents about these issues, but have expressed their personal viewpoints and committed to voters in their specific district what they will and will not do if elected.
Our goal is for the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania to be a kinder place for animals and for our legislature to pass appropriate laws to protect animals and eliminate cruelty. Thus, we encourage those who care deeply about these issues to consider and be guided by our endorsements, and to support candidates who will support a humane agenda.