Washington, DC--Congressman Eliot Engel (D-NY-16) was presented with the Legislative Leader award Wednesday by the Humane Society of the United States for his support of animal protection legislation.  The award was specifically for his leadership on strengthening enforcement of the ban on dog meat trade in the Philippines. He received a perfect score on the 2012 Humane Scorecard.

Rep. Engel said, “As a member of the Animal Protection Caucus I am committed to ensuring that we fulfill our obligations to protect animals from indignity, pain and suffering. There is never an excuse for the mistreatment of animals, and unfortunately, animals are often subjected to cruel handling in a variety of ways. I thank the Humane Society for this honor and I will continue supporting animal rights issues.”

“Representative Engel has exhibited outstanding leadership on animal welfare legislation,” said Wayne Pacelle, president and CEO of The HSUS. “We are very grateful for his support in creating a more humane world.”

Every year, the Humane Society Legislative Fund compiles a Humane Scorecardto provide a snapshot of animal protection issues considered by the U.S. Congress and give animal advocates a tool to assess the performance of their Senators and Representatives. The scorecard tracks key votes as well as co-sponsorship of important pro-animal bills and signing an annual letter seeking funds needed to enforce key animal welfare laws.

Rep. Engel is the Ranking Member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, and a senior member of the House Energy and Commerce Committee.