The Humane Society of the United States today (7/11/2020) honored Rep. Jan Schakowsky, D-Ill., as its 2019 Humane Horsewoman of the Year. This award is given on an annual basis to an individual who demonstrates an outstanding commitment to protecting American equines. Rep. Schakowsky is being recognized for her steadfast dedication and exceptional work on key federal legislation to prevent cruelty to horses.
Rep. Schakowsky is a former horse owner who has consistently championed horse protection in Congress, using her powerful position as a senior member of the House Energy and Commerce Committee. She understands that Americans have long appreciated horses—for transport, on ranches, in events showcasing their majestic beauty and speed, and as cherished companions—and that all horses must be treated with dignity and respect in both life and death.
“Throughout her time in Congress, Representative Schakowsky has been a tireless champion for equine protection, always going above and beyond,” stated Keith Dane, senior adviser on equine protection at the Humane Society of the United States. “We are so grateful for her extraordinary leadership to stop terrible cruelties—the slaughter of horses for human consumption, ‘soring’ of Tennessee walking horses and related breeds to win prizes, and doping of racehorses that has caused so many tragic fatalities.”
“I’m incredibly honored to receive the 2019 Humane Horsewoman of the Year award and appreciate the hard work of the Humane Society of the United States,” stated Rep. Schakowsky. “As a former horse owner, I strongly believe that we have to do everything we can to protect these majestic animals. I’m proud of the steps that the House has taken to curb inhumane horse soring, address abuse in horse racing, and fight horse slaughter, which cruelly endangers equine and human health. That’s why I’m grateful to work with organizations like the Humane Society to help protect these animals that embody so much of our nation’s strong spirit.”