I am an unabashed fan of my Humane PA endorsed State Representative, Madeleine Dean, who represents the 153rd Legislative District. From the moment she decided to first run for office, she took the time to learn about how animals can benefit through public policy and, once elected, Rep. Dean has supported every anti-cruelty measure in the House. This legislative session, she introduced HB 1537, bipartisan legislation that would prohibit ivory and rhinoceros horn importation to Pennsylvania, and make it an offense to sell, purchase, possess or barter with the intent to sell ivory. In arguing for the passage of HB 1527, Rep. Dean stated: “How we respond to issues related to our planet and who we share it with is a test of our common humanity.” And, of course, she is a strong supporter of HB 869, Libre’s Law and the animal protection package. I believe Rep. Dean embodies what a good state representative should be: compassionate, responsive to constituents, courageous, smart, and, of course, a strong supporter of the humane treatment of animals and anti-cruelty legislation. That is why, on this sunny fall day, I walked through my neighborhood distributing campaign literature, urging my neighbors and fellow voters in the 153rd District to vote for Madeleine Dean and return her to the State House for another term.
I know how fortunate I am to have Madeleine Dean as my State Representative – but many of you also share my good fortune in that candidates in your districts have been – or will be – friends of the humane treatment of animals if elected into office. And, the good news is – it’s not too late to help a humane candidate to victory on Election Day. There are still so many volunteer opportunities available – and your help can make the difference between whether a humane candidate is successfully elected into office – or not. You can help with last–minute efforts to get out the vote and sway undecided voters to elect a Humane PA endorsed candidate by doing as I did today, walking the neighborhood and distributing campaign literature. You can still phone-bank for the candidate, reminding voters to get to the polls on November 8th to vote and reminding them that there is a lot more at stake than just the presidential race. If you have some free time on Election Day, you can volunteer at your polling location, greeting your neighbors and reminding them to vote for the Humane PA endorsed candidates. So, on this last weekend before the election, I urge you to contact the campaign of an endorsed candidate and see what you can do to help – it will pay off next legislative session as we pursue better laws for animals.
Let’s all work together to elect a more humane Pennsylvania legislature on Tuesday, November 8th. If you live in the 153rd District like me, please vote to re-elect State Representative Madeleine Dean. If you live elsewhere, please check out and share Humane PA’s endorsements to help elect endorsed candidates who have promised to work with us to improve the laws for animals in our state. And – most importantly – get out and vote!
Elissa B. Katz is the President of Humane PA PAC and a partner in the law firm of Meranze, Katz, Gaudioso & Newlin, P.C. in Philadelphia. She is a regular volunteer with the Philadelphia Animal Welfare Society (PAWS), assisting with cat care and adoption applications at an adoption site. She is also a board member of Woodstock Farm Animal Sanctuary.