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Q: Lobbyists & activists: Your plans?

December 16, 2008 | By Chitown | 7 answers | Expired: 2038 days ago

Chitown

I'd like to hear from Zootooers who have definite plans to contact their state legislators in 2009 to promote pro-animal laws. What issues will you be promoting? Thanks for your input.

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Julie
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Dec 16, 2008

I will be working with the Georgia Lobbyists this year starting in February. My sister and I will be evaluating the Animal Cruelty laws, and the punishments which need to be made more severe. Dog and cock fighting are concerns of mine as well. I also want to stop the transport and slaughter of American Horses into Mexico and Canada. I am proud that we were able to stop slaughter in the US, but we have to stop transporting to other countries. I would like to see changes made in the Western US, regarding the widespread cattle and lack of grazing space for the Wild Mustangs, who have lived and run free on that land for centuries. I would love to see SNR programs for feral cats become a reality in Georgia as well.

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Angie
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Dec 22, 2008

I have written my state Senator (Texas) about the BLM and how crazy it is being handled - with our tax dollars and here is his response:
Dear Mrs. Gaines:

Thank you for contacting me about the Bureau of Land Management's Wild Horse and Burro program. I appreciate having the benefit of your comments on this matter.

The Wild Horse and Burro Act (P.L. 92–195) requires the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) to sell horses and burros that are over ten years of age or that have been passed over for adoption at least three times. The BLM makes every possible attempt to ensure that horses for sale are placed in good homes. Although there is no restriction on who is eligible to purchase these animals, the BLM has entered into a national partnership with the Ford Motor Company and the Take Pride in America initiative to re-enforce its efforts to place horses and burros in good homes.

Furthermore, legislation introduced in the House of Representatives, House Bill 249 (H.R. 249), would restore the prohibition on the commercial sale and slaughter of wild free-roaming horses and burros. H.R. 297 was approved by the House of Representatives on April 26, 2007, and was referred to the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources for further consideration. Though I am not a member of that committee, you may be certain that I will keep your views in mind should relevant legislation come before the full Senate.

I appreciate having the opportunity to represent the interests of Texans in the United States Senate. Thank you for taking the time to contact me.

Sincerely,

JOHN CORNYN
United States Senator

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Rebecca A.
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Dec 16, 2008

I want to work on Ohio's animal cruelty laws that have not been amended since 1839. ohio is very lax. There is a bill in the Ohio senate that I'm going to contact my reps about.

I'm also an activist for horse slaughter laws to be put into effect. I'd love to see it finally passed so American horses can not be taken across borders for foriegn consumption.

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