WASHINGTON, D.C. (by Vivian Farrell) — The atmosphere was highly charged in the U.S. House Appropriations Committee meeting when it came time to vote on whether or not to continue defunding horse meat inspections. The House Committee voted the measure out of the Appropriations Bill 27-25 potentially opening the door for horse slaughter to return to U.S. soil.
You knew I was going to say that, right? The title and picture gave it away. But here’s why.
It looks like we have the U.S. Senate. Let’s see what we can do to swing the U.S. House in favor of the horses.
Please check to see if your U.S. Representative has co-sponsored H.R. 113, the SAFE Act. If they have not, please call and ask them to do so at their earliest opportunity.
Whether or not the SAFE Act ever gets out of Committee and is successful, we at least have their public commitment against horse slaughter on record. This is important in predicting support and gauging votes. Lawmakers do check these numbers.
My Representative co-sponsored H.R. 113 and I had yet to thank him. Calling him kept getting pushed to the bottom of my to do list. I didn’t feel too badly because it is frantic in D.C. for everyone. Then I came across a beautiful postcard of a mare and foal, so I sent him a quick message of thanks that way. Believe me, things like this do get noticed.
How about our faithful lobbyists? Please support them. They work 10-12 hour days. As we have already mentioned, nothing sucks the air out of the room faster than to hear lawmakers or their staff say they haven’t heard anything from their constituency on the bill our lobbyists are there to discuss. Nothing.
Here’s our handy list of tips and contact information. Thank you everyone! Keep up the good work. —Vivian
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- Don’t call “off the cuff”. Write something up and rehearse it a bit until you feel confident. Be sure to make the purpose of your call very clear, and what you want them to do. Relax and make the call.
- Give them your name and address (so they can identify you as a constituent or your call won’t count), your phone number and email address (especially if you want a response).
- To make sure they took your information down correctly, politely say, “Would you please read it back to me? This is such an important call for me.”
- Speak from the heart. Tell them why this is issue is so important and what you want your lawmaker to do.
- If you want a reply to your call, you must ask them for one. Otherwise they are not obligated. You might say something like, “Please have [insert name of lawmaker] reply by email telling me what action [he/she] will be taking on this issue”.
Wild Horse Slaughter
The Senate Appropriations Committee is expected to take up the Interior Department’s appropriations bill in the next two weeks which includes the budget for the Bureau of Land Management.
In federal budget bill the BLM seek to allow wild horses to be used as work animals with little to no oversight and restrictions. They also seek to destroy 92,000 (their number) wild horses needlessly removed from the range and stockpiled across the country.
Call your two Senators and ask them to get this language removed.
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Updated: 7/21/2017; 3:47 pm.