Speak Up for Animals While Congress Is in Recess and Legislators Are Back Home
The Summer Recess has begun, and the U.S. Congress has gone home to their district offices for the month to hear from you, their constituents. Legislators will hold public events and town hall meetings during the coming weeks, and we encourage you to attend these gatherings to speak up on behalf of animals. Please contact the local headquarters of your elected officials and ask for a schedule of events, and if no public meetings are scheduled, ask to meet with your legislators personally. This is your best opportunity to speak directly with your legislators so they are aware of the issues important to their constituents.
When attending town hall gatherings or one-on-one meetings with your elected officials, it is best to limit your discussion to key issues. We would suggest the following topics, which are among AWI's top priorities for this Congress:
Horse Slaughter: The Safeguard American Food Exports (SAFE) Act (H.R. 1094, S. 541), introduced by Reps. Patrick Meehan (R-PA) and Jan Schakowsky (D-IL) in the House, and by Sens. Mary Landrieu (D-LA) and Lindsey Graham (R-SC) in the Senate, would prohibit the domestic slaughter of horses for human consumption, as well as the export of American horses for slaughter. Horse slaughter is extremely inhumane and—because many substances that are toxic to humans are regularly administered to equines—horse meat is unsafe for human consumption. As horse slaughter plants threaten to resume operations in the United States for the first time since 2007, it is especially critical that Congress implement a federal ban on horse slaughter. For more information on the SAFE Act and to contact your representative and senators, click here.
Gas Chambers in Shelters: Rep. Jim Moran (D-VA) has introduced a resolution "expressing opposition to the use of carbon monoxide, carbon dioxide, nitrogen, nitrous oxide, argon, or other gases to euthanize shelter animals and support for State laws that require the use of the more humane euthanasia by injection method" (H. Res. 208). Gas chamber euthanasia often leads to a painful and distressing death. Euthanasia by injection is far more humane for the animals, safer for shelter personnel, and less costly than gas chambers. For more information on the gas chamber resolution and to contact your representative, click here.
If you are unable to visit with your legislators during the month of August, please call, email, or write them to voice your opinion. Also, remember to send thank-you notes to your legislators if they agree to cosponsor a bill or are already listed as a cosponsor. To find contact information for your senators' and representative's district offices, as well as to take action online, visit AWI's Compassion Index. If you receive personalized responses and/or you would like AWI to follow up with an office, please send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please be sure to share our "Dear Humanitarian" eAlert with family, friends and co-workers, and encourage them to contact their legislators as well. As always, thank you very much for your help!