POLITICAL NOTEBOOK: U.S. Rep. Hank Johnson honored by Humane Society

Camie Young

Camie Young

U.S. Rep. Hank Johnson is being honored as a friend to the animals.

Johnson, whose district includes parts of Norcross and Lilburn, received the Legislative Leader award from the Humane Society of the United States during a luncheon Wednesday.

"Rep. Johnson has been an important voice for enhancing animal protection in federal law," said Wayne Pacelle, president and CEO of the group. "We're grateful to him for taking the lead and drawing attention to these vital concerns."

As a member of the House Armed Services Committee, Johnson worked on adding language to an appropriations bill encouraging the Secretary of Defense to develop alternatives to the use of live animals in battlefield trauma training, a press release said.

"Studies show that animals physically feel pain, just like humans," Johnson said. "How we treat animals reflects our values as a society and stewardship of the planet. We must do all we can to treat animals with respect and kindness, and defeat animal cruelty wherever we can."

The congressman announced Wednesday he would cosponsor a bill to prohibit the use of animals in live combat trauma injury and chemical and biological training.

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