U.S. FARM BILL: KING AMENDMENT
The Farm Bill has passed the Senate and is currently in the House Rules Committee. It will go to the House floor on Tuesday or sometime this week for a vote, so please voice your opposition NOW.
The Farm Bill being considered in the House of Representatives contains an amendment from Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa) that could wipe out animal-protection laws nationwide, including Arizona’s law banning gestation crates, Michigan’s law banning veal crates, and California’s law banning battery cages. In fact, state factory farm confinement laws, horse slaughter bans, and puppy mill regulations are all at risk.
Please call your U.S. Representative and urge him or her to oppose King’s amendment to the Farm Bill right away. Say something like: “As a constituent, I’m asking you to oppose the King Amendment to the Farm Bill because, like most Americans, I want farm animals to have protection from cruelty, not just at the federal level, but also in our State.”
– If you know who your U.S. Representative is, find their phone number here.
Click on their name to visit their website and use their contact webform.
– If you do not know who your U.S. Representative is, you will first need to find your 9 digit zip code and write it down.
Once you have it, use it in the zip code search box here.
Please do this today, right now! Our horses and all animals used for food are depending on you.
What does this mean for you?
It means that you are active in supporting our lobbying and advocacy work on a myriad of issues including our chief focus and the reason we began 10 years ago: horse slaughter.
It is also means you will receive exclusive updates and information, as well as opportunities to take part in special events such as drawings for books and publications that will inspire you and keep you informed. Added this year is our Equine Champion campaign detailed below.
BE AN EQUINE CHAMPION
We are excited to introduce you to our Equine Champion campaign for all Fund for Horses Members.
In order to qualify as an Equine Champion you will need to:
1. Become a Member (10 points).
2. Show that you have taken part in calls to action on behalf of horses and their protection.
You can demonstrate this by endorsing bills on PopVox, or send us a copy of a response to a letter or email you have sent out. This includes direct replies from your State or Federal lawmakers. (10 points each).
Remember. Your legislators are under no obligation to reply unless you specifically ask them to. So be sure to add this “ask” to all of your communications.
Accumulate 30 points and you will qualify as an Equine Champion and placed on an Honors List on our website.
But don’t stop there.
Write an editorial defending horses on any cruelty or abuse issue, get it published and send us the link to it or a copy of it (20 points each).
Accumulate more points by not only responding to action alerts but also showing us you have (1) signed an equine defense petition (2) made a helpful, informative comment on online articles on any of the issues we cover or (3) email us feedback on a phone call you have made in defense of horses (all 5 points each).
This is open to everyone in any country. If you do not have legislation pending in your country, write a letter to your Parliamentary or like Member asking them to introduce a bill, to end horse slaughter for example, and win 10 points. Write a letter of protest to the EU on horse slaughter and the toxic horse meat issue. Make sure you notify us and get those points.
Thank you everyone.
Vivian Grant Farrell
Int’l Fund for Horses
Protecting Horses through Intervention, Education and Legislation