DOWNERS GROVE, Ill. — State Rep. Anne Stava-Murray, D-Downers Grove, received a perfect score of 100% from the Illinois Humane Society, for her legislative work on behalf of animals and support for animal rights causes.
“Animals can’t advocate for themselves, and need humans to step up and keep their interests represented,” Stava-Murray said. “That’s why, since I first took office, I’ve made it a priority to ensure that the protection and wellbeing of animals is being looked after in Illinois.”
Stava-Murray was informed of the honor on Thursday. Illinois lawmakers were graded on the basis of their support of six bills filed during 2023:
- Senate Bill 1882 (Banning the abusive practice of toxicity testing on dogs and cats)
- Senate Bill 1883 (Prohibiting contact by nonprofessionals with bears and primates)
- Senate Bill 1230 (Dog dealer regulatory reform)
- House Bill 1049 (Prohibiting insurance discrimination based on dog breed)
- House Bill 3236 (Abolishing financing by lenders for purchasing companion animals)
- House Bill 1533 (Banning cat declawing or tendonectomy without a medical reason)
Stava-Murray supported and voted to pass all six.
“This is a great honor and I’m proud of what’s been accomplished. But I’m not done. I can’t be because—sadly—there are always those whose behavior will mean that animals need an advocate,” Stava-Murray said. “Because of that, I’ll never stop working to improve the lives of animals everywhere in our state.”