ARLINGTON HEIGHTS, Ill. — State Rep. Mary Beth Canty, D- Arlington Heights, received an impressive 100% scorecard from the Illinois Humane Society for her legislative work concerning animals and animal rights causes.

“I think it’s extremely important that we stick up and advocate for those that can’t do so themselves,” said Canty. “That’s why, as a legislator, it’s crucial that I advocate for animal rights.”

Illinois lawmakers were graded a score out of 100 based on their support of six bills filed during 2023. Canty supported all six bills:

  • Senate Bill 1882 bans the abusive practice of toxicity testing on dogs and cats.
  • Senate Bill 1883 prohibits the public from coming into direct contact with bears or primates
  • Senate Bill 1230 re-defines a “dog dealer”
  • House Bill 1049 prohibits insurance discrimination based on dog breed
  • House Bill 3236 abolishes financing by lenders for purchasing companion animals
  • House Bill 1533 bans the practice of surgical claw removal, declawing, or tendonectomy on a cat for non-therapeutic purposes

“I’m very proud of what we’ve accomplished so far, but we still have more work to do when it comes to protecting our animals,” Canty said. “Receiving this score is an honor, and I will continue to advocate for protecting animals in all corners of the state.”



Rep. Mary Beth CantyRep. Mary Beth Canty

(D-Arlington Heights)
54th District

Springfield Office:
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Springfield, IL 62706
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District Office:
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Arlington Heights , IL 60004