U.S. Representative Vern Buchanan ( U.S. House of Representative, Dist. 16)


Buchanan is the co-chair of the Animal Protection Caucus, a bipartisan group of more than 100 members of Congress dedicated to preventing animal cruelty, protecting endangered species and advancing animal welfare policies.

The congressman’s strong record of defending animals includes opposing weaker protections for the Florida manatee and panther, as well as urging the Trump administration to maintain bans on importing “trophies” from the endangered African lion and elephant. He was the first Congressman from Florida ever to receive the Humane Society’s top honor, Legislator of the Year.

Buchanan is the chief sponsor of the SAFE Act, legislation to make the ban on horse slaughter permanent and prohibit the export of live horses to Mexican and Canadian slaughterhouses.