WASHINGTON, D.C. — Join us in doubling up our support of two bills pending in the U.S. House of Representatives (1) against horse slaughter and (2) against horse soring.
Double Up with Us.
If you have been following us you know we have been very busy in State legislatures across the U.S.
We are now working on bills pending in Washington D.C. that could significantly impact the health and safety of our horses.
Here are two ways you can truly influence legislation and make your voice heard. One involves cutting edge technology. The other is as old as Ma Bell herself.
Please take action by endorsing the following bills with your Representative in Washington.
• H.R. 113 against horse slaughter (the SAFE Act)
• H.R. 1847 against horse soring (the PAST Act)
We need to get at least a majority of the House to co-sponsor these bills — 218. Ideally, it would be highly advantageous to get 2/3rds so we can use a special procedure to bust them out of the Committees they are in and onto the floor for a vote.
We cannot continue to sit back and accept defeat as a given because of who is in office, or might be working against us, or that these are animal bills and not as important as the ones that impact human lives. They are important. Very important. The way we treat animals impacts their lives and the humans involved.
1. Sign up with POPVOX and endorse these two bills. That’s the cutting edge technology.
Legislators and their staff use PopVox. That means that they will see what you think and count your endorsements and oppositions.
And you will be able to follow the bills, see what others are saying, how many are who’s for or against them, a map showing support and opposition around the country, and more.
Or . . .
2. Telephone your Representative and ask them to co-sponsor these two bills. Yes, you heard us right. Call!
Calls are having more impact right now in Washington D.C. than any of us can recall and we’ve been at this nearly 15 years.
If you know your Representative call (202) 225-3121 for the U.S. House switchboard operator.
When you are put through, be sure to give your name and address to the person answering your Representative’s phone so they can identify you as a constituent. They may not ask! If you want a reply from your Representative you must request that too. It is not automatic.
Whether via POPVOX or via the telephone you will get quicker action. Letters take forever. Automated pre-formulated messages often aren’t counted, or batched together and counted as one. Don’t waste your time.
And speak from the heart. That is what your legislators really want to hear. It may take a bit more time than a point and click message, but aren’t our horses worth the extra effort, especially considering how much is at stake with both of these bills?
From what we hear, some of you are doing both! We love it.
According to D.C. lawmakers who spoke at a rally last night, they are hearing from constituents in record numbers and they want more, not less — more. So let’s bring it on.
Remember these are bipartisan issues.
Double Up with a Donation
We have a dollar for dollar matching gift campaign going on right now that will help us put more boots on the ground in Washington D.C. visiting and talking with key legislators and their staff about these bills.
We have a big presence. Help us keep it and make an even bigger one.
Thank you so very much.
THE HORSE FUND
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RELATED READING AND ACTION
If you wish to take further action, please see all the horse related bills pending in Washington »
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While you are on PopVox or speaking with your Representative’s Office you may wish to support another bill, H.R. 1406, the Dog and Cat Meat Trade Prohibition Act of 2017. This Act was introduced “To amend the Animal Welfare Act to prohibit the slaughter of dogs and cats for human consumption”. It is sickening to think we need to prohibit this but sadly we do.
Horse by Bob Langrish. Image created by Vivian Farrell.