Chesney Honored for Companion Animal Welfare Advocacy

Marc Ayers (left), Humane Society of the United States Illinois State Director, presented State Representative Andrew Chesney (right) with the Humane Legislator Award on April 28, 2021 at the State Capitol in Springfield.

For his efforts supporting and passing companion animal welfare bills, State Representative Andrew Chesney was awarded the 2020 Humane Legislator Award by the Humane Society of the United States.

“It is an honor to receive this award,” Chesney said. “Companion animals enrich our lives in so many ways and it is an honor to advocate for their welfare and improving public policy to protect, especially, shelter pets and encourage shelter pet adoption.”

The Legislator of the Year Award is given to the General Assembly member who best advocates for the wellbeing of animals. In the 101st General Assembly, Chesney passed legislation to ban cosmetics testing on animals and co-sponsored legislation across the aisle to prevent animal cruelty to pets.  Rep. Chesney recently sponsored and passed legislation in the Illinois House to ban pet store sales of puppies and kittens in order to help drive irresponsible commercial breeder mistreatment of animals out of Illinois.

“On behalf of our members, supporters and allies in Illinois, we are proud of the animal protection initiatives that Representative Chesney has championed,” Humane Society of the United States Illinois State Director Marc Ayers said. “Chesney has been a leader on animal cruelty issues over the past several years. He recently led a bipartisan effort to pass landmark legislation to dry up the market for puppy mills in our state.”

The Humane Society of the United States is the nation’s largest animal protection organization. It provides hands-on care and services to more than 100,000 animals each year.