Our nations horses face the biggest challenge of their lives this September. As you know, the amendment to prevent horse slaughter did not pass in the House Appropriations Committee last month, but your U.S. representative, Jimmy Panetta, may have an opportunity to weigh in on this important issue in early fall. This means that everyone who cares about protecting horses, both wild and domestic, needs to start making some noise.
Americas horses have never faced such a grave threat and they need you to take action today. Your voice can truly make a difference in the ultimate outcome, so please reach out to your representative using one (or more!) of the easy methods described below.
1. Meet With Your Representative in Your District
During the August Congressional recess, many members of Congress will be home and available to meet one-on-one with constituents. Call your representatives office to schedule an in-person meeting with your member or his or her staff. If you cant meet with your legislator, find out when he or she will be hosting a town hall or attending a public eventthen go! These are both great ways to urge your member to protect American horses, as well as bring more attention to animal-protection issues and encourage others to join in.
Sign up for your representatives newsletter or visitwww.townhallproject.com to find his or her upcoming town hall and public appearances.
Email us at email@example.com if you need assistance. You can find more tips on meeting with your representative and learn how you can make the most of their time in the district here:www.aspca.org/2017recess.
2. Make a Phone Call to Your Representative
Place a quick, polite phone call to your member of Congress by calling the Capitol Switchboard at (202) 224-3121 and asking to be transferred to the office of your representative. When the receptionist answers, state your name, the town you live in and your reason for calling. You can use this sample scriptand feel free to add a personal touch to your message!
As a constituent, I want Representative (your Rep.s last name) to protect all of Americas horses, domestic and wild, by ensuring language barring the use of my tax dollars on inspecting horse slaughter plants in the U.S. is included in the final FY18 Agriculture Appropriations bill. 80% of Americans oppose horse slaughter, and this language will keep this predatory industry out of the U.S.
Not sure who represents you? Find out here: www.aspca.org/lookup
3. Email Your Representative
Email your representative through his or her webpages contact form. Go to https://www.house.gov/representatives, click on your representatives name to open his or her webpage and look for a contact option. Below is a sample email you can use, and we also encourage you to include some personal comments in your message. These can include your:
- Passion for animal welfare
- Involvement with horses
- Experience in the community
- Connection to this issue
As an animal lover and advocate for horse welfare, I respectfully urge you to renew the ban on the use of tax dollars to fund the inspection of horse slaughter facilities. Doing so will protect all of Americas horses from a grisly and inhumane fate. Please vote to include this language when the FY18 Agriculture Appropriations bill comes before the full House and please ask your leadership to ensure this language is included in the final FY18 Agriculture Appropriations bill.
(Your name and address)
4. Tweet at Your Representative or Leave a Facebook Message
Here are some example Tweets and Facebook posts you can send to your representative. Please note that Facebook posts must be added to an existing comment or relevant post on your representatives page, or posted to your own page with a tag to his or her name.
@RepJimmyPanetta Please prevent horse slaughter from returning to the U.S.!
@RepJimmyPanetta As your constituent, I urge you to use your vote to keep U.S. horse slaughter plants out of the U.S.!
@RepJimmyPanetta Protect all horses from slaughter through the Appropriations process!
Be sure to comment on a relevant post!
Please stand up for animal welfare and horses by keeping tax dollars from supporting horse slaughter in the U.S.!
5. Submit a Letter to the Editor (LTE)
Please let us know if you want to submit a letter to the editor of your local newspaperwe will help you draft and submit itby emailing us firstname.lastname@example.org. An LTE is a powerful way to inspire others in your community to take action, and it will definitely catch your representatives attention.
The clock is ticking for our nations horses, so please take oneor moreof these actions today. Please let us know how we can assist you with your advocacy efforts and, on behalf of Americas horses, thank you!
All the best,
Audrey Tamez, Senior Manager of Legislative Engagement
Kathryn Kopanke and Geoff Horsfield, Outreach Managers