Sara Amundson is the Executive Director of the Humane Society Legislative Fund, the 501(c)4 legislative and political organization affiliated with The Humane Society of the United States. In this capacity, she directs political and legislative activity for HSLF. She was previously the Deputy and Legislative Director of the Doris Day Animal League where she directed local, state and federal legislation to protect wild horses and burros, prevent the use of animals in the “Crush” video industry, prevent the slaughter of horses for human consumption, require the use of non-animal, alternative tests, promote spaying and neutering, and require appropriate federal regulation of breeders. She testified before the U.S. Congress on multiple occasions supporting the Bittering Agent bill and the Pet Animal Welfare Statute. Sara’s primary area of expertise is in the use of animals for testing and, as such, she has been the principal lobbyist behind the acceptance of CorrositexÂ® as the first federally approved non-animal, alternative test; passage of the ICCVAM Authorization Act; passage of the California, New York and New Jersey alternatives laws; the first federal appropriation for research, development and validation on non-animal, alternative tests; ongoing federal appropriations for research and development of non-animal, alternative methods; and the Congressional mandate for a five-year plan for implementation. She successfully lobbied to increase funding, by $4 million, for the EPA’s Computational Toxicology program for fiscal year 2010. She has been a featured speaker at the University of Virginia Law School, Lewis and Clark Law School and Harvard Law School and has appeared on CNN, ABC News and in print for major U.S. newspapers.
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