Dear Animal Advocates,
In early April, we asked for your help reaching out to members of the U.S. House of Representatives to make sure that Congress doesn't shortchange the enforcement of animal-protection laws as it negotiates the federal budget for Fiscal Year 2012. Your efforts paid off—well over 100 representatives from 32 states (as well as non-voting delegates from the District of Columbia and two U.S. territories) pledged to stand up for animals! Now it's the Senate's turn to do the right thing, and we need your help once again.
Two U.S. senators, Barbara Boxer (D-CA) and David Vitter (R-LA), are asking their Senate colleagues to co-sign a letter of support to protect important humane laws like the Animal Welfare Act. The letter will soon be submitted to the Senate Agriculture Appropriations Subcommittee.
As you know, with every budget item under intense scrutiny, this is an uphill battle—and we don't have much time. Senators must sign the Boxer-Vitter letter by no later than May 27.
What You Can Do
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USA: Urge Congress to Protect and Increase Animal Protection Spending!
We need your help to make sure that as Congress focuses on reducing spending, it doesn’t undercut enforcement of vital federal laws such as the Animal Welfare Act, the Animal Fighting Prohibition Enforcement Act, the Humane Methods of Slaughter Act and the Horse Protection Act.
In April, we asked you to reach out to your representative on House side—and your efforts paid off with a strong bipartisan showing and well over 100 representatives from 32 states (as well as non-voting delegates from the District of Columbia and two U.S. territories) standing up for animals. Now it’s the Senate’s turn to do the right thing, and we need your help once again.
Two members of the U.S. Senate, Senator Barbara Boxer (D-CA) and Senator David Vitter (R-LA), have drafted a letter to the Senate Agriculture Appropriations Subcommittee focusing on improving the funding required to enforce key animal welfare laws. While the amounts requested to support these laws in Fiscal Year 2012 are quite modest, all programs—whatever their focus—are vulnerable.
Message Text :
The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is looking to Congress to ensure that it has the resources it needs to enforce the Animal Welfare Act, the Horse Protection Act and the Humane Methods of Slaughter Act. We recognize the challenges facing Congress in addressing federal spending. At the same time, this country relies on these vital animal protection laws that focus on horse protection, our slaughterhouses, medical laboratories and commercial breeding facilities (puppy mills).
The reach of the USDA's enforcement and its impact cannot be underestimated. With good enforcement, we can avoid food safety crises from sick animals and injuries to workers. We can help prevent the illegal trafficking in drugs and weapons that often accompanies the cruelty of dog fighting and cockfighting.
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