Maher Named National Humane Legislator of the Year
The Humane Society of the United States presented state Rep. John Maher with the award on Tuesday.
The Humane Society of the United States honored state Rep. John Maher (R-Upper St. Clair) as Humane Legislator of the Year.
The Humane Society’s national president, Wayne Pacelle, traveled to the state capitol to personally present the award to Maher.
According to Pacelle, Maher has distinguished himself among all legislators in the nation with his leadership on fighting animal cruelty.
"We are grateful for Rep. Maher’s resourcefulness on animal protection issues and for his resiliency in the face of opposition," Pacelle said.
"We have accomplished a lot of common sense advances, but much important work remains," Maher responded.
Maher, who is chairman of the House Agriculture Committee, noted that good animal care coincides with good agricultural practices.
This year’s national award by the Humane Society adds to the recognitions that Maher has received as the state’s leading advocate against animal cruelty. Last year, the Pennsylvania Veterinary Medical Association and the University of Pennsylvania, School of Veterinary Medicine joined together to honor Maher as Legislator of the Year for his success in helping animals, food safety and agricultural research and education.