Although I doubt if it’s keeping Cabinet members up at night, the Humane Society of the United States gave the Obama administration a C- minus grade for its 2011 performance on animal welfare issues.

Why? Because the administration “had a wide range of opportunities to advance a constructive animal welfare agenda, but it was responsible for only a few noteworthy beneficial actions for animals,” according to an HSUS statement from Wayne Pacelle, the group’s president.

It’s tempting to say, “So what?” and move on, but for what it’s worth, here are the positive developments for which HSUS commended the administration: