About Humane PA

Humane PA’s Mission Statement:

Humane PA is the nonpartisan arm of the animal protection movement in Pennsylvania, founded to give animals a political voice in Harrisburg.  photo for web

Humane PA is dedicated to electing candidates who demonstrate a commitment to pass stronger laws with a goal of eliminating animal cruelty within the Commonwealth. When law makers stand up for animals, Humane PA stands up for them.  

Pennsylvania voters need  tools and knowledge to effectively participate in the election and legislative process so they can maximize their political voice on behalf of animals – and Humane PA provides that information.  As the only statewide animal protection Political Action Committee (PAC) in Pennsylvania, we are uniquely positioned to build a body of humane-minded elected officials who will work to protect animals from neglect, cruelty and exploitation in Pennsylvania.

Why do Pennsylvania Animals Need Humane PA?

Before Humane PA, voters were rarely involved in the election process to help animals, and few humane groups were in a position to challenge special interest groups that exploit animals for profit and that fight to keep anti-cruelty laws off the books. There are many shelters, rescues, and other animal advocacy organizations in Pennsylvania that  lobby at all levels of government, however nonprofits, because of their charitable status with the IRS, are legally prohibited from electioneering activity (supporting and opposing candidates). A Political Action Committee (PAC) can donate to, and support, candidates to help ensure that Pennsylvania’s legislature has legislators who are committed to leading and supporting stronger anti-cruelty laws. Humane PA is a resource for all animal loving voters and groups in Pennsylvania – it operates independently and is not affiliated with any animal organizations or political parties.  We believe that commitment to the humane treatment of animals must transcend party lines to get the best results for animals.  Ending cruelty to animals is an issue that unites and enables us to put aside the divide of party politics. 

Humane PA quote 96.pngThe number of animal lovers in Pennsylvania far outnumber those who fight to keep cruel practices legal, so Humane PA realized it was long past time for animals to have their own powerful Political Action Committee. For years, the animal protection community watched special interest groups repeatedly kill anti-cruelty bills in Pennsylvania. Since the formation of Humane PA, pro-animal lobbyists are now on a more even playing field and can block animal-unfriendly bills and pass stronger humane legislation. Just a few examples of  precedent-setting humane legislation include Libre’s Law, the Animal Fighting Paraphernalia Law, the Cost of Care Law (which shifted the financial burden from animal shelters to animal abusers) and a law ending the use of gas chambers in our state.

We Need You!

Please donate to support Humane PA’s mission to give animals a more powerful political voice in Pennsylvania.

We encourage everyone in Pennsylvania who cares about animals to get involved in the legislative and election process by getting to know your legislators and candidates running for office.  Join and follow Humane PA’s Facebook page and Twitter feed.

Read More about Humane PA:

What Was the Missing Piece in Animal Protection?

Who, What, When, Where, Why and How to get Political for Animals!

The Importance of Animal PACs – an Insider’s View

Politics and Animals – The Missing Link

12 Comments on “About Humane PA”

  1. Susan Pizzini
    November 7, 2011 at 6:14 pm #

    I don’t think that a tax credit is the way to go for pet owners. It opens up Pandora’s box for fraud. I’d rather see the removal of sales tax on pet food.

  2. Tina S.
    January 14, 2012 at 5:06 pm #

    Not that we need another tax to pay but keeping strays or any animal off the streets benefits EVERYONE, whether you are an animal-caring person or not. Everyone has to pay school taxes, whether you have children or not or have them in public schools or not, so everyone should have to pay an animal control tax, whether you have animals or not. Hopefully, it would be doled out to shelters across PA. Something has to be done & soon.

  3. January 19, 2012 at 2:32 pm #

    At last! Somehtnig clear I can understand. Thanks!

  4. State Rep. James Roebuck
    March 21, 2014 at 3:50 pm #

    Per a Facebook request from Human PA Rep. Roebuck’s email address is roebuckjc@aol.com

  5. Humane PA
    March 23, 2014 at 11:04 pm #

    Thank you Representative Roebuck and thanks for your stellar record on anti-cruelty bills.

  6. Susan
    February 22, 2015 at 8:55 am #

    There is a bill that has been sitting in Harrisburg for years presented by Rep. Farnesi from Philly. The bill says no dog can be out side between the hours of 10pm and 6am. Does anyone know where this bill is and what we can do about getting it passed? I would also like to see a bill prohibiting tethering of dogs.

  7. February 26, 2015 at 6:58 am #

    Years ago at a meeting at the Hughes Library in Stroudsburg I recommended a small annual tax for shelters and rescuers to help abandoned animals and stricter laws for people abandoning their animals and I nearly got lynched. Something needs to be done. Leaving animals outside in the cold weather is animal cruelty. Abandoning animals is animal cruelty. Animals should be considered a part of the family. Let’s get tough PA.

  8. Priscilla Wille
    March 13, 2015 at 12:20 pm #

    Wasn’t aware of your existence until today when I saw a comment from you on Facebook ( maybe Salena’s page? ). So grateful for this info and your website!
    Priscilla Engelhard Wille

  9. Humane PA
    March 26, 2015 at 2:57 pm #

    Wow! Thank you so much for the feedback. We want every animal lover in PA to have the information they need to make a difference at the policy level. We are thrilled to have you be part of Humane PA!

  10. April 11, 2016 at 4:41 am #

    Schooling, consciousness, and eradicating the stigma of sharing breast
    milk needs to be achieved.

  11. kay gabel
    September 24, 2019 at 3:16 am #

    my cat is missing , from sunbury pa area,can I post a pic of her here? , she was trapped in my neighborhood and never seen again, she has a tipped ear 4 yr old female,,,570-415-9439

  12. Amanda
    May 26, 2021 at 4:19 pm #

    I need to know why I am not allowed to enter a Humane Society and look at the animals they have on site. My dog went missing a few days ago but I am being told I’m not permitted on site to see if my dog is there. With the poor attitude I was given my confidence that they would be honest with me is not high!!!!

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