Kinship Circle: TODAY: CALL/FAX TO END HORSE SLAUGHTER

April 24th, 2007 2:43 pm by Kelly Garbato

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Subject: TODAY: CALL/FAX TO END HORSE SLAUGHTER

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4/24/07: TODAY – CALL/FAX TO END HORSE SLAUGHTER
KINSHIP CIRCLE ACTION CAMPAIGN
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THERE ARE 3 ACTIONS TO TAKE IN THIS ALERT.
PLEASE DO AS MUCH AS YOU CAN TODAY.
CONTINUE SENDING FAXES INTO THE EVENING.

SOURCE OF INFORMATION:
Forwarded by Zelda, zpenzel [at] nyc.rr.com
Original Message: Bonnie Oliver, friesians2 [at] casinternet.net

Congress to consider two bills to protect horses this week
http://www.saplonline.org/Alerts/042007.htm

ACTION #1: Call/Fax KEY Senate Committee Members

4/24/07, from friesians2 [at] casinternet.net — Liz Craddock (assigned to Bill S. 311, the American Horse Slaughter Prevention Act (AHSPA), in Senator Mary Landrieu’s office) provided the following status and strategy:

Bill S.311 currently resides in the Science, Commerce & Transportation Committee. There are 11 of 23 committee members who will vote “YES” for this bill to be released for a vote on the Senate floor. That means one more vote is needed for this to happen Wednesday, April 25. We are ONE VOTE SHORT.

Since this vote is “too close to call” as far as a majority vote, there is a quick, simple strategy for us until Tuesday, April 24 (request to call the Senators below comes directly from Senator Landrieu’s office).

CONTACT INFORMATION:

CALL SENATORS ON THIS COMMITTE AND ASK THEM TO SUPPORT BILL S.311:

1. Senator Bill Nelson, FL — ph: 202-224-5274 or fax: 202-228-2183

2. Senator Jim DeMint, SC — ph: 202-224-6121 or fax: 202-228-5143

3. Senator John Rockefeller, W. VA — ph: 202-224-6472 or fax: 202-224-7665

*These Senators co-sponsored Horse Slaughter Bills in 2006 — but have not co-sponsored horse slaughter legislation this year — or they’re “fence-sitters.”

ACTION #2: Call/Fax ALL Senate Committee Members

4/23/07, from Cathy Liss, Legislative Director, http://www.saplonline.org — On April 25, the US Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee will hold a mark-up for S. 311, the American Horse Slaughter Prevention Act (AHSPA). At the mark-up, Committee members will decide the language of a measure they expect to report to the full Senate.

TALKING POINTS:

– Ask all members of the Committee to vote YES on S. 311, the American Horse Slaughter Prevention Act.

– Urge Committee members to stand strong against misinformation spread by pro-horse slaughter groups/individuals.

– If they currently cosponsor this bill, ask them to speak out on behalf of S. 311 during the mark-up to persuade colleagues to join them in support.

– Ask Senate leadership to move the bill swiftly to the full Senate for consideration.

– If your own Senator is on the Committee it’s especially important for you to contact him/her.

Two years ago, the US Senate voted overwhelmingly to stop horse slaughterfor a year; S. 311 will ensure that the practice is stopped permanently.

CONTACT INFORMATION:

United States Senate Committee On Commerce, Science & Transportation

DEMOCRATS
Chairman Daniel K. Inouye (HI)
ph: 202-224-3934; fax: 202-224-6747
web mail: http://inouye.senate.gov/
John D. Rockefeller, IV (WV)
ph: 202-224-6472; fax: 202-224-7665
web mail: http://rockefeller.senate.gov/services/email.cfm
John F. Kerry (MA)
ph: 202-224-2742; fax: 202-224-8525
web mail: http://kerry.senate.gov/v3/contact/email.cfm
Byron L. Dorgan (ND)
ph: 202-224-2551; fax: 202-224-1193; email: senator [at] dorgan.senate.gov
Barbara Boxer (CA)
ph: 202-224-3553; fax: 415-956-6701, 213-894-5042
web mail: http://boxer.senate.gov/contact/email/policy.cfm
Bill Nelson (FL)
ph: 202-224-5274; fax: 202-228-2183
web mail: http://billnelson.senate.gov/contact/email.cfm
Maria Cantwell (WA)
ph: 202-224-3441; fax: 202-228-0514
web mail: http://cantwell.senate.gov/contact/index.cfm
Frank R. Lautenberg (NJ)
ph: 202-224-3224; fax: 202-228-4054
web mail: http://lautenberg.senate.gov/contact/
Mark Pryor (AR)
ph: 202) 224-2353; fax: 202-228-0908
web mail: http://pryor.senate.gov/contact/
Thomas Carper (DE)
ph: 202-224-2441; fax: 202-228-2190
web mail: http://carper.senate.gov/aemail.cfm
Claire McCaskill (MO)
ph: 202-224-6154; NO FAX LISTED
email: mccaskilltransition [at] mccaskill.senate.gov
Amy Klobuchar (MN)
ph: 202-224-3244; NO FAX LISTED
email: senator [at] klobuchar.senate.gov

REPUBLICATIONS
Vice Chairman Ted Stevens (AK)
ph: 202-224-3004; fax: 202-224-2354
web mail: http://stevens.senate.gov/public/index.cfm?FuseAction=Contact.EmailSenatorStevens
John McCain (AZ)
ph: 202-224-2235; fax: 202-228-2862
web mail: http://mccain.senate.gov/contact/index.cfm?ID=64
Trent Lott (MS)
ph: 202-224-6253; fax: 202-224-2262
web mail: http://lott.senate.gov/index.cfm?FuseAction=Contact.Email
Kay Bailey Hutchison (TX)
ph: 202-224-5922; fax: 202-224-0776
web mail: http://hutchison.senate.gov/e-mail.htm
Olympia J. Snowe (ME)
ph: 202-224-5344; fax: 202-224-1946
web mail: http://snowe.senate.gov/public/index.cfm?FuseAction=ContactSenatorSnowe.Email
Gordon H. Smith (OR)
ph: 202-224-3753; fax: 202-228-3997
web mail: http://gsmith.senate.gov/public/index.cfm?FuseAction=Contact.Home
John Ensign (NV)
ph: 202-224-6244; fax: 202-228-2193
web mail: http://ensign.senate.gov/forms/email_form.cfm
John E. Sununu (NH)
ph: 202-224-2841; fax: 202-228-4131
web mail: http://www.sununu.senate.gov/webform.html
Jim DeMint (SC)
ph: 202-224-6121; fax: 202-228-5143
web mail: http://demint.senate.gov/index.cfm?FuseAction=Contact.Home
David Vitter (LA)
ph: 202-224-4623; fax: 202-228-5061
web mail: http://vitter.senate.gov/?module=webformiqv1
John Thune (SD)
ph: 202-224-2321; fax: 202-228-5429
web mail: http://thune.senate.gov/public/index.cfm?FuseAction=Contact.Email

ACTION #3: Call/Fax YOUR Representative Re: H.R. 249

4/23/07, from Cathy Liss, Legislative Director, http://www.saplonline.org — In the House of Representatives, members of Congress will have an opportunity to take a stand for wild horses when H.R. 249 comes up for a vote on Thursday (4/26). Introduced by Chairman Nick Rahall (D-WV), this bill would stop the commercial exploitation and slaughter of wild horses by repealing the 2004 “Burns rider” and restoring the 1971 Wild Free-Roaming Horse and Burro Act to its original language.

Ask your Rep to vote YES on H.R. 249 — To restore the prohibition on the commercial sale and slaughter of wild free-roaming horses and burros.

CONTACT INFORMATION:

To identify your federal Representative and find contact info, try: Congress.org: http://www.Congress.org

USA House of Representatives: http://www.house.gov

Society For Animal Protective Legislation, Congress Directory: http://www.saplonline.org/congress.htm

Congressional Switchboard: 202-224-3121

Passage of these bills is critical to the welfare of America’s horses. Congress has spoken out several times against the slaughter of wild and domestic horses. Now they must take a stand to keep our horses safe forever.

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FACTS AND FAQ’s ABOUT HORSE SLAUGHTER
http://www.saplonline.org/w_horses_add.htm

Last year, three foreign-owned slaughter plants cruelly slaughtered more than 100,000 horses for human consumption in Europe and Asia. Tens of thousands more of America’s horses were exported from the United States and slaughtered in other countries.

Slaughter is NOT humane euthanasia. Horses suffer horribly on the way to and during slaughter.

Passage of the AHSPA will reduce animal suffering ­hence its wide support throughout the equestrian and veterinary world, as well as the humane community.

Americans overwhelmingly support an end to horse slaughter for human consumption. In California, a 1998 ballot initiative to ban horse slaughter for human consumption passed with 60% of the vote.

Animal cruelty is NOT a property rights issue. It is illegal to abuse and neglect any animal, and horse slaughter is one of many tragic forms of animal cruelty.

A recent ruling by the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals upheld Texas law making the operation of the two Texas plants illegal.

The US District Court recently ruled that the US Department of Agriculture scheme that allowed the horse slaughter facilities to hire their own inspectors is a violation federal law. All plants were ordered to close immediately.

Horse slaughter has been stopped temporarily in the United States, but could resume without passage of the AHSPA. Horses are still being shipped to Mexico and Canada for slaughter, causing even greater suffering.

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KINSHIP CIRCLE RELATED LINKS

3/29/07: 1 Horse Plant Left…And Now There Are None?
http://www.kinshipcircle.org/letter_library/letter.asp?LetterID=1636&seriesfirst=true

1/29/07: Horse Slaughter Bill Renewed In 110th Congress
http://www.kinshipcircle.org/letter_library/letter.asp?LetterID=1628&seriesfirst=true

12/7/06: Horse Slaughter Prevention Act Down To The Wire
http://www.kinshipcircle.org/letter_library/letter.asp?LetterID=1609&seriesfirst=true

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