What is SAOVA?
The Sportsmen's and Animal Owners' Voting Alliance (SAOVA) is a nationwide, nonpartisan group of volunteers seeking to elect politicians who will oppose the "Animal Rightist" (AR) threat to our rights as Americans. We work to protect both sportsmen and animal owners, natural allies, in the legislative and political arenas. SAOVA's members hunt, fish, own and breed animals including livestock, dogs, cats and other pets. We study political candidates in all states to identify those who understand and resist the AR threat, as well as those who are in the pocket of the Animal Rightists.
Since 2002, SAOVA's volunteers have interviewed politicians running for election to the U.S. Congress for the first time. Each election cycle, we also review the voting records of incumbents standing for reelection. The goal of these activities is to determine candidates' positions on the animal rightists' threats to our sport, avocations and farming livelihoods.
Given the vast advantages of incumbency, sitting House members are extremely difficult to defeat at election time. That leaves open seats, created by retirements and politicians running for higher office, as races where small groups might have a significant impact. Because few open seat candidates have pertinent voting records to guide us, we use an issues questionnaire when possible to solicit their views.
How does SAOVA evaluate candidates? SAOVA personnel review the voting records of all House members and Senators running for reelection to determine whether they support the animal rights (AR) agenda. Usually the most recent year's data is sufficient for this determination, since committed AR legislators vote the same way year after year. Since 1999, many of the dozens of AR-initiated House bills and other actions were considered threats to some animal owners or sportsmen. Senators had fewer similar voting opportunities.
Any incumbent politician running for reelection that supported the majority of the recent AR bills had his or her prior voting record, sponsorships and funding/endorsement records carefully examined. In most cases our analysis confirmed a consistent AR support pattern.
SAOVA's determinations have been independently confirmed 100% of the time by the endorsements of the Humane Society Legislative Fund (HSLF) PAC, which is controlled by the Humane Society of the United States, the major Animal Rightist political campaign organization. SAOVA records HSUS's endorsements as "Animal Rightist Endorsed" when they're justified by hard facts.
On the opposite end of the spectrum, legislators whose actions consistently support sportsmen and animal owners are SAOVA ENDORSED.
Analysis for the 2014 election cycle included support of reintroduced HR 847/S 395 the Puppy Uniform Protection and Safety Act (PUPS) - the latest in decades of HSUS dog breeder legislation that would bring federal inspectors inside residential homes of Americans who sell dogs at retail. Additional consideration was given to co-sponsorship of the
Safeguard American Food Exports (SAFE) Act HR 1094/S 541 and HR 1731 / S 820 Egg Products Act of 2013. The SAFE Act would prohibit transport of equines or parts for human consumption via interstate commerce or export. The Egg Bill would take responsibility for facility management and design out of the hands of experts and place it under federal regulation. Careful consideration was also given to the Sportsmenís Act HR 3590 / S 2363 which would have given hunters and anglers greater access to public lands. The bipartisan bill became embroiled in partisan amendments and failed in the Senate.
Does party affiliation or endorsement by any other interest group guarantee a candidate will defend our rights? Animal rightists have infiltrated both the Democratic and Republican Party ranks. Voting blindly for a candidate based on party affiliation without studying the individual's voting record on animal rights issues is a prescription for trouble. Likewise, endorsements based solely on handgun positions or Second Amendment concerns are poor voting guides. Some of the most notable AR legislators support gun ownership, but wish to restrict hunting, trapping or animal ownership. Gun owner concerns and animal owner or hunter support among politicians don't always coincide.
Please review SAOVA's endorsements and give them your consideration when deciding which candidates you will lend your own support to.
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