The scorecard highlights Bergman's votes on trophy hunting, seismic air-gun blasting that's harmful to marine mammals, and the cruel and inhumane act of horse soring. It also shows his inaction or opposition to legislation in nearly every other category — from animal cruelty to puppy mills and horse slaughter.
Washington D.C. — Another scorecard for Rep. Jack Bergman (R, MI1) is unveiled, and according to Democratic candidate Dana Ferguson, the results are disturbing.
The Humane Society Legislative Fund (HSLF) scores Congresspeople and Senators on over a dozen animal protection issues. Bergman received a 2019-score of 17% and a lifetime-score of 10%. A majority of the time Bergman took an "anti-animal position" on a votes pertaining to animal protections, according to the HSLF Humane Scorecard.
"Again, in general, I'm disappointed as we reveal more of Jack Bergman's voting record," said Ferguson. "I'm thankful to organizations like the HSLF for holding power accountable. The Congressman's anti-animal positions are disturbing, especially his vote on horse soring, but they're not surprising. I am most baffled by his inaction on easy-to-support animal rights issues."
The HSLF card highlights Bergman's votes on trophy hunting, seismic air-gun blasting that's harmful to marine mammals, and the cruel and inhumane act of horse soring. It also shows his inaction or opposition to legislation in nearly every other category — from animal cruelty to puppy mills and horse slaughter.
Soring involves the intentional infliction of pain to a horse's legs or hooves in order to force the horse to perform an artificial, exaggerated gait. Bergman voted against cracking down on the practice.
The Prevent All Soring Tactics Act (H.R. 693) passed without his support.
Seismic airgun blasting injures and deafens whales, dolphins and other marine life, and they are the sonic harbingers of even greater risks associated with offshore oil and gas drilling. Bergman voted with Louisiana Rep. Mike Johnson who wanted to amend a law that would have eviscerated core provisions of the Marine Mammal Protection Act and fast tracked blasting.
The anti-animal amendment in H.R. 729 failed despite Bergman and GOP effort.
The HSLF score also shows Bergman took an anti-animal position on trophy hunting imports by voting against the prevention of funds permitting the importation of elephant or lion trophies from countries in Africa, where populations are threatened, endangered and urgently need additional protections.
The amendment in H.R. 3055 asking the Fish and Wildlife Service to reconsider trophy imports from Zimbabwe, Zambia or Tanzania passed without Bergman's support.
Scored on inaction, over 90% the time within 15 opportunities, he failed to take pro-animal positions by not co-sponsoring a bill, voting, signing a letter, nor leading on any pro-animal issue(s), according to the HSLF Humane Scorecard.
Last week, the Ferguson campaign released a comprehensive scorecard for Bergman from various non-profit organizations which graded the Congressman on life-time votes on issues important to Americans.
"The results were not good," said Ferguson. "Despite passing scores with small businesses, veterans and the NRA, Bergman achieved resounding 'F's on foreign policy, human rights, civil liberties, the environment, women's rights, and education."
Of all the scorecards his team researched, Ferguson says Bergman is rarely on the right side of legislation.
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"Out of 11 overall grades consisting of hundreds of votes, Bergman has failed eight great watchdog categories," said Ferguson. "It's not surprising he'd flunk this one, too. I hope to be a considerably more effective Representative."
In comparison, on animal protection, Michigan Sen. Gary Peters scores 100%, Sen. Debbie Stabenow a laudable 67%, and most Democratic Representatives scoring within the mid to high 80s with the HSLF. Of every Michigan elected official on Capitol Hill, Bergman has the third lowest score. The House average was 56%.
"On this issue, if elected, I'll be operating from completely different policy-positions than the legacy Bergman leaves," said Ferguson. "Different votes will come up, but suffice it to say, I am pro-animal. To me, this signals yet another failure. Jack has very little to hang his hat on."
Bergman was only awarded a ✔️ for voting against an amendment in a minibus appropriations bill to save North Atlantic Right Whales, and a ✔️+ for voting to ban shark fin sales.
After reviewing the scorecard, Ferguson indicated he now intends to seek an endorsement from the HSLF.
"I'm hopeful," Ferguson said of the possible consideration. "It would be an honor. For now, I can simply say, 'We can do better.'"
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The Humane Society Legislative Fund's mission is to get political for animals—ensuring animals have a voice in the halls of Congress & state legislatures, educating elected officials and the public on animal welfare issues, and electing humane candidates to public office.
Dana Ferguson is the lead candidate vying for nomination in the Tues. Aug. 4 Democratic primary with hopes to face incumbent Republican Rep. Jack Bergman in the general election on Tues. Nov. 3. Michigan's First Congressional District encompasses the Northern Lower Peninsula and all 15 counties in the Upper Peninsula.