Matt Gaetz gets backing of Humane Society Legislative Fund - Florida Politics

Matt Gaetz gets backing of Humane Society Legislative Fund

The Humane Society Legislative Fund (HSLF) is backing another Florida Republican congressman fighting for re-election, throwing its support behind U.S. Rep. Matt Gaetz.

This is the second recent endorsement of a GOP congressman by the group, after U.S. Rep. Carlos Curbelo also earned its support earlier in the week.

Gaetz represents Florida’s 1st Congressional District and has made headlines with his calls for special counsel Robert Mueller to resign as head of the probe into Russian interference in the 2016 election.

But Gaetz has also used his time in Congress to speak up in support of several initiatives backed by the Humane Society.

He is the Republican lead on the Chemical Poisons Reduction Act, which would bar the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s use of certain poisons in its predator control programs. Gaetz has also opposed animal toxicity testing conducted by the Environmental Protection Agency.

Those efforts, among others, led HSLF to endorse Gaetz in his re-election bid.

“Matt Gaetz is a trailblazer for animals in the U.S. Congress,” said Sara Amundson, president of the HSLF.

“Congressman Gaetz is fighting to prevent taxpayer dollars from being used to harm animals, and western Panhandle voters should re-elect him.”

HSLF says it does not judge candidates by party or on other issues, instead focusing on where candidates stand on animal welfare issues.

CD 1 leans heavily Republican, with Gaetz defeating his Democratic opponent in 2016 by nearly 40 percentage points.

Gaetz is facing a primary challenge from Chris Dosev and John Mills.

Phil Ehr and Jennifer Zimmerman have filed to run on the Democratic side.

Ryan Nicol covers news out of South Florida for Florida Politics. Ryan is a native Floridian who attended undergrad at Nova Southeastern University before moving on to law school at Florida State. After graduating with a law degree he moved into the news industry, working in TV News as a writer and producer, along with some freelance writing work. If you'd like to contact him, send an email to


  1. It’s a bit ironic he cares about the wellbeing of animals at the same time he’s calling for the abolishment of the EPA allowing all manner of poisons and toxins to be released into the air we breath and the water we drink…..
    Just a thought though, don’t animals breathe the same air and drink the same water we do…..

  2. I certainly do not think he is calling for poisons and toxins to be released into our air and water. But instead, the EPA does need to be rebuilt. Hopefully he will also work on abolishing the USA Dept of Education and designing it to bring states together on practices for our mobile society, but delete its control over states education policies.

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