Calling everyone especially Republicans against horse slaughter

Horses held in a pen awaiting export for slaughter to Mexico. Photo by Kathy Milani for HSUS.

We are excited to announce our Fall version of March Against Horse Slaughter held last month was another huge success. We are still sifting through the mountain of information we gathered and totalling up the numbers on how many we reached (it’s in the many 1000s), what they had to say and why they felt that way. Brilliant!

Unresponsive Republicans

One trending item we were most surprised about regarding H.R. 961 (The SAFE Act) is how few Republican lawmakers have cosponsored it and how often this was mentioned. Republican lawmakers, your constituents are NOT happy.

Anti horse slaughter legislation has always had widely bipartisan support — supported by both Democrats and Republicans. It has never been a strictly Democratic or Republican issue.

The jaded among us have said their support was likely because Republican lawmakers knew previous bills had holds on them and were never going to make it, so could freely support a bill going nowhere and make themselves look good to constituents. This type of behavior is also what makes us disregard the “humane scorecard” so called. It’s easy to back animal friendly bills, making yourself look good along the way, when knowing they have no chance in Hades of success. But we digress!

While street teaming the H.R. 961 across the country, numerous people told us that they have been contacting their Representatives to cosponsor the SAFE Act and a huge amount of Republicans have ignored them, even the ones who have traditionally have backed previous anti horse slaughter bills.

If you look at the cosponsors for H.R. 961 there are indeed very few Republican cosponsors. It is mostly Democratic.

We need to find out why, and the best way is talk to them.

We are hiring extra lobbyists to visit Republican members of Congress who have cosponsored previous bills against horse slaughter but have not done so for this one, to find out what is going on.

Here’s how you can help with that.

CONTACT YOUR U.S. REPRESENTATIVE

First, find out if your U.S. Representative has already cosponsored here.
https://www.congress.gov/bill/116th-congress/house-bill/961/cosponsors

If they have not and happen to be Republican, please contact them and ask them to cosponsor this Bill, especially if they have cosponsored legislation like it in the past.

If they they have not cosponsored, regardless of their political party, please contact them again  — and ask them again.

Seen bleeding from the nose a filly awaits death along with her travelling companion. They died a brutal and terrifying death, thanks to horse racing. Source: DEADSPIN.
Seen bleeding from the nose a filly awaits death along with her travelling companion. They died a brutal and terrifying death, thanks to horse racing. Source: DEADSPIN.

MAKE THE CALL

The most effective way is to do this is by phone. When calling, you should ask to speak to the Aide working on HR. 961 — The SAFE Act.

When you get them on the phone tell them that this bill is highly important to you not just for the sake of the horses but also for food safety.

The U.S. should not be sending its horses to slaughter who have been given numerous drugs making their meat toxic for human consumption and a threat to human health, foreign or otherwise.

Ask that the Representative cosponsor H.R.961 at his or her earliest opportunity. If they have cosponsored previous anti horse slaughter bills but haven’t done so for this one, mention that, and state that it is very important that they cosponsor and vote “yes” on this one.

The Capitol Switchboard Number is (202) 224-3121.

EMAIL

The alternative is to email your U.S. Representative directly or use their online form.

Directory of Representatives
https://www.house.gov/representatives

Horses before the auction at Shipshewana. These were racing, riding, and show horses. But the slaughterhouse buyers were there to bid on the least expensive horses. Source: Animal Angels.
Horses before the auction at Shipshewana. These were racing, riding, and show horses. But the slaughterhouse buyers were there to bid on the least expensive horses. Source: Animal Angels.

IT’S PAST TIME

Time is of the essence. We need a massive push to get the cosponsors we need. It’s way past time we have accomplished this, and is becoming a matter of urgency considering what is going on in Washington at the moment. It is a big distraction. Let’t help Congress keep their eye on the ball on our issues.

HELP WITH A DONATION

Please make a donation of $5.00 or more to help us with the additional lobbying expenses we are taking on.

Those who fear a ban on horse slaughter — such as the racing industry who kills horses on the track and also sends them to be murdered for their meat off of it — are spending huge sums of money to defeat this bill. So are the Quarter Horse people, rodeo groups and millionaire horse sorers, to name a few. Together “we the people” have big money too.

COME TOGETHER

There’s also this. Constituent power is just as influential as money. Oh, yes it is. Perhaps even more so. Without your vote, lawmakers don’t get elected no matter how much money they raise or get paid off.

Let’s come together now and make those calls, and send those messages, to Congress that we want this thing done. In this Congress. We demand that horse slaughter is outlawed.

THANK YOU

We know we and the horses can count on you. We always have.

Thank you for following us and taking part on issues like this so critical to our horses’ safety, well being and happiness.

HELPFUL LINKS

•  Find Your Representative »
•  Directory of Representatives with contact links »
•  Make an online donation »

Take action against horse racing. Contact your State Governor.

California Gavin Newsom

We are calling on all Californians to contact Governor Newsom’s office by phone or contact form to shut down California horse racing — particularly Santa Anita. Tweet your message to @GavinNewsom.

Do you have horse racing in your State?

Please contact your Governor and voice your opposition to horse racing and it’s horrific history of maiming, abusing and killing of racehorses. Let’s get the ball rolling and establish momentum on this issue. Find Governor contact information by State here.

Thank you everyone.

If you have not seen the video, “Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel: Raced to Death”, please go here.

 

Take action with the Cloud Foundation regarding Ovarietomies

Cloud the Stallion watches over his territory. The Cloud Foundation.

Please help stop the Department of Interior’s Bureau of Land Management plans to perform ovarietomies on wild mares.

TAKE ACTION

The Cloud Foundation writes:

Despite three successful lawsuits stopping this procedure, two universities pulling out, and enormous public outcry, BLM still plans on moving forward with its plans to rip the ovaries out of mares.

Please stand with us to tell BLM “NO!”. Send the linked sign-on letter to your veterinarian. Most have an email address listed on their website. The more signatures we have, the more influence.

No caring person wants to see these mares go through this torturous procedure with little in the way of aftercare. Together, we can tell the BLM that scores of licensed veterinarians do NOT endorse this cruel procedure.

We have 47 signatures already, our goal is to have 100 by Oct. 25th, just 10 days away. We will then present it to the BLM Advisory Board in Washington, D.C. On October 30th.

THE CLOUD FOUNDATION

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Sample Text

Dear Dr. XX

I’m a client of your practice, you might remember my pets (insert names here). I’m also an advocate for America’s wild horses and burros.

You might not be aware, but the Bureau of Land Management is preparing to perform a sterilization procedure on wild mares, with the intent of eventually taking it into the field. Many reputable equine veterinarians advise strongly against this procedure due to the non-sterile environment, risk of infection, colic and even evisceration.

I’m asking you to please take a moment to read the letter linked HERE and add your name to the long list of veterinarians who oppose this procedure.

Thank you for your time,

(Your Name)
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FEATURED IMAGE: Cloud the Stallion. By Ginger Kathrens, The Cloud Foundation

Urgent! Contact Congress on these horse bills

Capitol Dome Washington D.C.

Horse Slaughter & Horse Soring

Urgent! There are two federal bills pending in Washington D.C. requiring immediate attention. They are:

(1) The anti horse slaughter bills — H.R.961 and S.2006 (SAFE Act); and

(2) the Senate version of the anti horse soring bill — S.1007 (PAST Act). Note: the House has already passed this bill 333-96.

Our Goals

(1) A minimum of 290 cosponsors in the House for H.R.961 (SAFE Act).

290 is the magic number of cosponsors we need to take advantage of the Consensus Calendar rule which will allow a Bill to bypass Committee and go straight to the House floor for debate and vote.

It is critical that we do everything we can to get those 290 cosponsors on the horse slaughter bill, and quickly. We may never have a better chance than the one we have right now.

(2) 60+ cosponsors in the Senate for both S.2006 (SAFE Act) and S.1007 (PAST Act).

Will you help? Take action by phone, or online. It’s all laid out for you below including talking points.

Calling Congress

Generally speaking, the most effective way to contact Congress is by telephone.

The Capitol Hill Switchboard number is (202) 224-3121. 

Not sure who to call? Find who represents you at https://www.govtrack.us/congress/members.

If you have no interest in phoning, scroll down to “Not Crazy About Phoning?” on how to take action online that’s fast and guaranteed.

The Bills + Talking Points

Why should our federal legislators cosponsor and vote for these bills? Here are some talking points to help you put together what you would like to say. When calling, remember to refer to bills by their alpha-numeric title.

Horse Slaughter — H.R.961 & S. 2006 (SAFE Act)

Tens of thousands of American horses are shipped each year to Canada and Mexico to be slaughtered for human consumption — a practice that 80% of American voters oppose.

American horses are not raised for food and routinely given a wide range of medications that are expressly prohibited for use in meat products.

Phenylbutazone (commonly known as “bute”) is a painkiller used legally by more than 85% of US horse owners to treat everyday soreness and inflammation, is banned completely in food-producing animals.

Even so, the problem of horses and burros being butchered for human consumption persists because “kill-buyers” can legally purchase horses at auctions or from unsuspecting owners in order to transport them to slaughterhouses across US borders.

Horse slaughter being a predatory business, various regulatory agency ID documentation systems for slaughterbound horses, including “passports” showing a horse’s origin and medical history, have all miserably failed.

The problem of tens of thousands of American horses being shipped to slaughter across our borders has persisted for far too long, despite overwhelming public opposition to this practice.

The negative food safety and animal welfare concerns associated with the horse slaughter industry are simply too great to continue to ignore.

The US has a moral obligation to outlaw the slaughter of horses for human consumption and prevent unsafe horse meat from entering the human food chain.

Horse Soring — S.1007 (PAST Act)

Horse soring still runs rampant even though laws have been on the books banning this cruel practice for decades.

S.1007 will strengthen and improve current regulations by allowing the USDA to step in since self-policing has flat out not worked over the last 20 years.

It’s companion bill passed the House overwhelmingly by a vote of 333-96.

The PAST Act is an easy, bipartisan solution that every Member of Congress should be able to get behind.

The PAST Act is supported by the American Horse Council, American Veterinary Medical Association, American Association of Equine Practitioners, United States Equestrian Federation, National Sheriff’s Association, and the veterinary medical associations from all 50 States.

Not Crazy About Phoning?

Don’t want to phone? You don’t need to. POPVOX will deliver your message directly to your lawmakers. Guaranteed! No kidding.

No worries. We’ve got you covered. Or should we say, POPVOX does. POPVOX connects advocacy groups and the public to Congress.

POPVOX will deliver your message directly to your lawmakers. Guaranteed. All you need is to sign up with an email and password, and you can immediately start weighing in on legislation important to you. No need to keep finding your legislators. You will have that information always at your fingertips with POPVOX.

What you have to say not only goes on record with your legislators but can also be viewed by others interested in the same bills you support or oppose. POPVOX helps you keep track of the bills you are for and against. You can follow your bills’ progress, and get updates.

We contacted POPVOX co-founder, Rachna Choudry, asking for her input too.

POPVOX co-founder Rachna Choudry.
POPVOX co-founder Rachna Choudry.

When advocates ask me about what’s the most effective way to communicate with your lawmakers, I say in-person is the best, and then a call or POPVOX. The key is sharing a personal story about why the issue is important to you or your community. It’s easy to do that in-person, of course, but sometimes it’s more challenging on the phone.

Unlike a petition site, POPVOX allows you to write a personal letter to your lawmaker about a specific issue — but enables you to share that letter with others to inspire further action. It’s a record of your engagement on the issue, and you can then link to it with your friends or on social media.

POPVOX is also integrated with the House Democrats’ intranet system, DemCom, so not only does your letter get delivered to the appropriate Congressional office, but it is also available for staffers to read in their intranet system. (We don’t have that integration with the House Republicans because they don’t have a similar system.)

How about that?

So don’t delay. Contact your Representative to cosponsor H.R.961, the SAFE Act, and both your Senators to cosponsor (1) S.2006, the SAFE Act plus (2) S.1007, the PAST Act. Get on your phone and call or weigh in on these urgent horse protection bills via POPVOX.

And yes you can call about both bills in a single call. You don’t need to make individual phone calls for them.

If you are looking for talking points, check out The Horse Fund’s Stakeholders’ page at https://www.popvox.com/stakeholders/horsefund.

Thank you everyone.

RESOURCES

•  Calling Congress. Learn how to make phone calls to your legislators that get results, The Horse Fund.

Find out who represents you at Gov.Track.US.

Go to POPVOX.COM and sign up for their unique constituency services.
Go to POPVOX.COM and sign up for their unique constituency services.