Call, Write & Email - Companion Animals

Here are a few actions you can take to inform others about your concern for companion animals:

Bird Trade

  • Only consumer education and better enforcement provisions will reduce the suffering of captive birds. Please contact the Secretary of Agriculture and express your concern for the plight of captive birds, encouraging the USDA to publish regulations that will provide the strongest possible protections for birds in the commercial pet trade.

The Honorable Tom Vilsack
Secretary of Agriculture
1400 Independence Avenue, SW
Washington, DC 20250

Horse Slaughter

  • Help raise awareness on the issue of horse slaughter by writing letters to the editors of your local newspapers and any equine publications you read.
  • Finally, contact your elected officials in the US Congress to let them know that you strongly support passage of the American Horse Slaughter Prevention Act.

Animal Chaining

  • If you are aware of a chained dog in your neighborhood and you are comfortable doing so, please reach out to the owner and try to gently encourage improvements to benefit the animal. However, if the animal is being maintained in violation of state or local law, please document it and contact the appropriate authorities.
  • If you are passionate about this issue, you can help by writing letters to the editors of your local newspapers. For a sample editorial, as well as other ways to educate others on this issue, click here.
  • If your community does not have a law restricting or prohibiting chaining already, rally with other like-minded individuals to work towards passage of a local restriction or prohibition against chaining of dogs. Click here to learn more about the process and how to get started.

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