Congressman Connolly is a strong supporter of animal welfare and has consistently received a 100% score from the Humane Society for his voting record on these issues. Congressman Connolly is also a proud member of the Congressional Animal Protection Caucus.
He has voted for and supported important legislation to end horse slaughter, restrict animal testing, and increase animal welfare funding. Connolly has cosponsored the Preventing All Soring Tactics (PAST) Act, the Horseracing Integrity and Safety Act, the Humane Cosmetics Act, the Puppy Uniform Protection and Safety Act, the Traveling Exotic Animal and Public Safety Protection Act, and the Big Cat Public Safety Act.
In addition, he supports legislation limiting trophy hunting importation, shutting down live wildlife markets and wildlife trade, cracking down on problem breeders and violators of the Animal Welfare Act, and supporting research animal retirement. He has also opposes efforts to undermine state animal welfare protections and weaken the Endangered Species Act.