All eyes are on the devastating effects of Hurricane Harvey, and we are working with local organizations to ensure that animals are safe and protected. As the Gulf Coast begins to recover from Harvey, Congress will be making a major decision for America’s horses. In just a few days, every U.S. Representative may have the opportunity to cast a vote on whether or not horse slaughter plants re-open in the United States. We’ve been keeping you updated on the amendment to prevent horse slaughter over the past few months, and we are now in the final stage. We truly need all of the gumption you have left to pass this crucial provision.
As you know, the amendment to prevent horse slaughter did not pass in the House Appropriations Committee last month. We will be re-offering this amendment when the omnibus appropriations comes to the floor when members return from recess next week. If we lose this vote, horse slaughter houses will re-open in our country. We have to dig-in, now. Will you join us in this fight to protect these innocent creatures?
Starting today, everyone who cares about protecting horses, both wild and domestic, needs to start making their voices heard. This is our last shot.
Please take action now and reach out to your representative using one (or more!) of the easy methods described below and ask your contacts to do the same. Sharing information on Social Media using the attached social media card or sending a quick email out to members is a great way to spread the word and increase our impact in this short time-frame!
1. 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 script—and feel free to add a personal touch to your message!
“As a constituent, I want Representative (Your Representatives name) to vote yes on two important amendments: the Buchanan—Royce—Roybal-Allard—Blumenauer Amendment to protect horses from slaughter and the Titus—King—Polis—Curbelo—Lujan Grisham amendment to protect wild horses from mass killing. Please ensure language barring the use of my tax dollars on inspecting horse slaughter plants in the U.S. is included in the final FY18 omnibus appropriations. 80% of Americans oppose horse slaughter, and this language will keep this predatory industry out of the U.S.”
2. 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 representative’s page, or posted to your own page with a tag to his or her name.
Example Facebook Post:
@_______please stand up for animal welfare and horses by keeping tax dollars from supporting horse slaughter in the U.S.!
@_______ As your constituent, I urge you to use your vote to keep U.S. horse slaughter plants out of the U.S.!
@________Protect all horses from slaughter through the Appropriations process!
3. Email Your Representative
Email your representative through his or her webpage’s contact form. Go to https://www.house.gov/representatives, click on your representative’s name to open his or her webpage and look for a “contact” option, and enter your information to send an email. 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:
- Rescue work with horses
- Involvement with horses in the community
- Connection to this issue
Dear Representative (Representative’s Name)
As an animal lover, horse expert 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 America’s horses from a grisly and inhumane fate. Please vote yes on the Buchanan/ Royce/ Roybal-Allard /Blumenauer Amendment in order to include this language when the FY18 omnibus appropriations bill comes before the full House.
(Your name and address)
The clock is ticking for our nation’s horses, so please take one—or more—of these actions today. Please let us know how we can assist you with your advocacy efforts and, on behalf of America’s horses, thank you so much!
Senior Manager, Legislative Engagement
Kathryn Kopanke and Geoff Horsfield