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Q: Lobbyists & activists: Your plans?

December 16, 2008 | By Chitown | 7 answers | Expired: 2037 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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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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Veronica (Ronnie) G.
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Dec 16, 2008

Too end the slaughter of our American horses!

So many time, too many times, a ban on horse slaughter has come so close to being passed into law. Then one or two Congressmen manage to block, stall. And these legislators are kissin' cousins with the Agriculture factions, who are in the main, pro-slaughter. And they are also on the on the Agriculture Committee, which has historically shot down legislation by devious means when there was a majority vote to pass!

It has been a long battle, but 2009 looks very good. We came very close to a win for the horses in Sept.08 with the Judiciary Committee and HR 6598. But then it went to the Ag Committee on a "technicality" and was stalled there.

Great news today! Former Governor of Iowa, *Tom Vilsack is to be Secretary of Agriculture!! He has a history of compassion for animals and against abuse and cruelty.
The HSUS is elated! And Obama did co-sign anti-horse slaughter legislation as a Senator.

So, the work continues in 2009. Calling Congressmen, emailing, visiting in Washington, D.C. A horse is slaughtered every 5 minutes. No more!!

I am also becoming more involved with Factory Farming. I will go to one of the seminars this year at Farm Sanctuary, NY. Join ACT, Advocacy Campaign Team, to join others in my area with outreach activism for Farm Sanctuary and farm animals.

Thank You! A great question!

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Chris
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Dec 16, 2008

Animal Cruelty laws & Eliminate Dog fighting -- the punishments need to be made more severe.

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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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Norman C.
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Dec 16, 2008

I'm just guessing, but you probably get the same sort of mindset in MT as we have here in eastern OK--get the gummint offa my back!!!
I lived in WI, NY, and ME in my previous guises, where there is still that reformist and progressive legacy that allows for some acceptance of laws and regulations regarding behavior and, specifically, treatment of animals. We are struggling here to get ordinances on the docket for our town and the county, which is a next to impossible task, as it is the good ol' boy network that runs things and always has. And a long tradition of basic indifference to animals is a big obstacle as well. But if we can get more middle class northern do-gooder baby boomer retirees down here--where land and housing is cheaper than in MT I would guess--then we might have a chance in changing things regarding animal welfare. Sorry I can't offer anything specific right now, although I would be happy to send on to you, once we get it in final form, the proposal we are now working on. (Rachel Ries has a nice song on Youtube--Hands to Water-- but you really should get the CD).

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Diane
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Dec 16, 2008

For starters, animal cruelty laws in NY.

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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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