SPRINGFIELD, Ill. – State Rep. Joyce Mason, D-Gurnee, received the highest rating from the Illinois Humane Society for her advocacy for animal and animal rights causes.

“I’m very proud to receive a 100% scorecard from the Illinois Humane Society,” said Mason. “As long as I’m representative of my community, I will continue to fight for animal protection rights.”

Illinois lawmakers were graded a score out of 100 based on their support of six bills filed during 2023. Mason 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

“Animals don’t have the ability to advocate for themselves, which is why standing up for animal protection rights is so important,” Mason said. “There’s still a lot of work to do, but I am pleased with our legislature’s progress in protecting our animals here in Illinois.”

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