SPRINGFIELD, Ill. –  The Illinois Humane Society recognized state Rep. Jennifer Gong-Gershowitz, D-Glenview, as a lawmaker fighting for animal rights by awarding her a perfect score on her 2023 Legislative Report Card.

“Without safeguards in place, we open the door for animal exploitation and abuse, which I’m committed to preventing,” Gong-Gershowitz said. “Furthermore, it can’t be understated that, in some cases, abused animals can pose a greater danger to the public as well. The laws I helped pass will keep people and animals safe from abusive practices.”

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

“Keeping our community free of animal abuse is something that concerns me as a lawmaker,” Gong-Gershowitz said. “The Humane Society has done good work on this issue, and I appreciate their recognition of our shared values.”

Rep Jennifer Gong-GershowitzRep Jennifer Gong-Gershowitz

17th District

Springfield Office:
248-W Stratton Office Building
Springfield, IL 62706
(217) 782-4194

District Office:
1812 Waukegan Road, Suite B
Glenview, IL 60025
(847) 486-8810