Don't forget that your Congressional U.S. Representatives and Senators are home for August recess!
By tradition and by law, Congressional August Recess is a chance for U.S. Representatives and Senators to spend time with family and meet with constituents in their home states. As a constituent, it is an opportunity for you to inform, educate, and champion your Congressional Representative & Senators about:
Your animal enterprise.
How you make your living with animals.
The importance of defeating HSUS-driven federal legislation and why it is critical to the survival of your industry, animal ownership, and animal agriculture in America.
Inform them about the animal rights ideology and organizations like the Humane Society of the U.S., Animal Wellness Action, PETA, ASPCA, Animal Welfare Institute, World Wildlife Federation, and all the animal rights splinter groups and their agenda. Download and print the extremist web: click here
Animal Rights vs Animal Welfare: Know the Difference! (Download our tri-fold: click here)
Please make an appointment to meet with your U.S. Representative and Senators at their district office in your state right away. Some may even plan on holding Town Hall meetings in your area. You can check by calling their local office.
Be sure to seize the opportunity to
Speak up, Inform, and Educate
your federal law makers!
Urge Your Congressman & Senators to OPPOSE the following bills which can be found on our website under the Take Actiontab:
Prevent All Cruelty and Torture (PACT) Act - HR724
Animal abuse and torture should NEVER be tolerated, and for that reason, every state in the U.S. already has felony animal cruelty laws on the books. However, sponsors of this bill fraudulently claim that there are no federal laws against animal cruelty. We believe this "Prevent All Cruelty & Torture Act" is setting the stage to criminalize animal ownership out of existence.
Authored by Florida Republican Vern Buchanan (wealthy owner of an auto dealership chain) and co-sponsored by Palm Beach Anti-2nd Amendment Democrat Ted Deutch, HR 724, the so-called Prevent All Cruelty and Torture (PACT) Act was filed in the House of Representatives on January 23, 2019, now referred to the House Judiciary's Crime, Terrorism, and Homeland Security Subcommittee.
Every state in the nation has felony animal cruelty laws on the books. Legislators want you to believe that this bill only applies to people who are committing horrendous acts of horrific animal cruelty that they then video tape. But what about medical research trials? What if a veterinarian videotapes a spay or neuter surgery for teaching purposes? What about normal security surveillance videos on a dairy farm? A cattle ranch? An egg farm? What if no video tape is involved at all?
In America today, average every day activities are now being reclassified as deliberate acts of animal cruelty by animal rights-driven legislation masquerading as increased welfare standards. The most normal every day animal owner actions are being redefined as criminal acts even when no animal is harmed.
In states across America, kittens and caterpillars now have more rights than people.
Please urge your federal lawmakers to OPPOSE the PACT Act.
For talking points, opposition email campaign, and more information about the PACT Act, click here.
Captive Primate Safety Act - HR1776
There is no public health or safety risk associated with captive primates. According to the statistics cited by the proponents of this bill, there have been 80 recorded injuries from pet monkeys in the U.S. from 1995 to 2005. An American therefore has a 1 in 38 million chance in being bitten by a monkey. Although nonhuman primates can carry zoonotic diseases (which are scientifically possible to transmit to a human and vice versa), there have been NO instances in the United States in which a human has contracted a disease or died from a bite from a pet monkey. There is an absence of an appreciable health risk which is backed up by statistics from the CDC verifying the lack of disease transmission or death from pet nonhuman primates.
This bill would cost $4 million-plus a year to enforce: The estimated costs associated with enforcing this bill are $4 million per year. In addition, the implementation costs have been estimated at $17 million. On a per bite incident basis, the cost that will be spent to prevent each bite is a half a million dollars. This is especially alarming given the present economic conditions of this country and the difficulties in enforcement anticipated by the US Fish and Wildlife Service.
Please urge your federal lawmakers to OPPOSE the Captive Primate Safety Act.
For talking points, opposition email campaign, and more information about HR1776, click here.
Big Cat and Public Safety Protection Act - HR1380
The proponents of this bill (HR1380) have claimed that tens of thousands of captive big cats flood the U.S. to this day, and the number of cats they cite increases each legislative season, despite a complete lack of supporting evidence. Assuming that illegal trade, the purview of United States Fish & Wildlife has been addressed by existing language, this new language serves only to criminalize normal business operations already regulated by another agency of the federal government. HR1380 is characterized by a pervasive disconnect with the businesses it is intended to further regulate. It has the effect of curtailing existing legal business activity without providing any information about the resultant adverse economic impact while offering significant challenges for enforcement. The severe limitations on breeding and continued possession imposed by this bill not only impact the prohibited species already legally maintained but almost certainly ensure the extinction of some of these species in our parks and zoos. Learn more about how private ownership of big cats can save them from extinction. Click herePlease urge your federal lawmakers to OPPOSE HR1380.
Please urge your federal lawmakers to OPPOSE the Big Cat Public Safety Act.
For talking points, opposition email campaign, and more information about HR1380, click here.
Safeguard American Food Exports (SAFE) Act - HR961/S2006
The proponents of this legislation (HR961/S2006) are attempting to say that the drug residue in horses going to slaughter is an issue to food safety. We all know that under FSIS inspection laws, livestock cannot and do not go to slaughter if there is even a trace of any drug residue. HSUS is attempting to hide behind the propaganda that meat would be tainted. S.A.F.E. Act would be HSUS’ final death blow to the horse industry. It would close the borders for transport of horses toslaughter in Canada and Mexico. The SAFE Act would also ban horse slaughter across the U.S. The SAFE Act which was referred to the Committee on Energy and Commerce, and in addition to the Committee on Agriculture, for a period to be subsequently determined by the Speaker, in each case for consideration of such provisions as fall within the jurisdiction of the committee concerned.
This measure sets a dangerous precedent to potentially halt the transport of other livestock animals used for food such as beef cattle and pork. Ultimately, the Safeguard American Food Exports Act is an unconstitutional violation of private property.
Please urge your federal lawmakers to OPPOSE the SAFE Act.
For talking points, opposition email campaign, and more information about the SAFE Act, click here.
Traveling Exotic Animal and Public Safety Protection Act (TEAPSPA) - HR2963 & S. 2121 (Traveling Exotic Animal and Public Safety Protection Act of 2019)
Zoos, aquariums, circuses, and private owners are responsible for the conservation and reintroduction of many endangered animals. Without their tireless efforts these animals would be extinct. This bill would send these animals to sanctuaries where they will be managed to extinction instead of being preserved. Environmental stewardship is at the forefront of keeping animals in human care, whether they be endangered or not. Education outreach done by zoos, aquariums, circuses teaches the public the importance of saving wildlife and their habitats. TEAPSPA (HR2863) will hinder that by beginning to whittle away, slowly over time by removing the wonder people experience by seeing animals up close and in person.Click hereto read more about how true conservation and private ownership can save species!
Please urge your federal lawmakers to OPPOSE TEAPSPA
For talking points, opposition email campaign, and more information about the TEAPSPA, click here.
Prevent All Soring Tactics (PAST) Act - HR693/S1007
When you meet with your U.S. Senator in your state during August Recess, please ask that they OPPOSE S. 1007.
The PAST Act was written and sponsored by the Humane Society of the United States, an animal rights organization that seeks to destroy all animal ownership. HR 693/S1007 vastly expand the jurisdiction of federal inspectors and calls for oversight without funding. The PAST Act does NOTHING to address the problem of unethical participants who arealready in violation of existing laws. The PAST Act amends the Horse Protection Act which already imposes strong rules and regulations on the Tennessee Walking, Colorado Spotted, and Racking Horse Industries. The PAST Act issues penalties based on the standards of the animal rights groups. The economic impact of the PAST Act would be detrimental to farriers, veterinarians, feed and tack companies, restaurants, motels, retail stores, trailer/truck dealers, and many more businesses. If passed, The PAST Act will remove all pads, weighted shoes, and all action devices from show horses of three specified breeds—Tennessee Walking Horse, Racking Horse, and Spotted Saddle Horse. At a time when Congress is looking for every possible way to create jobs and stimulate the economy, this misguided and deceptive bill would destroy what is left of the walking horse industry and do NOTHING to stop cruelty! Let's enforce the laws we already have -- we don't need NEW laws! Another deceptive bill written by HSUS to amend the Horse Protect Act enforced by APHIS at USDA inspected horse shows. In a nutshell, it would eliminate the pads, action devices, and weighted shoes; there by banning the performance horses within the Tennessee Walking Horse shows, including the Colorado Spotted Saddle and Racking horses. Now, if you’re against the performance horses, give some thought to the precedent this bill would set, if passed.
This bill is the gateway to banning countless number of training devices.
Please urge your U.S. SENATORS to OPPOSE the PAST Act.
For talking points, opposition email campaign, and more information about the PAST Act, click here.
Please urge your Congressman & Senators to OPPOSE the USDA Rule Making to procedures underway to further destroy animal ownership such as the proposed changes to Amend the Horse Protection Act (HPA) to further regulate the Tennessee Walking Horse Industry by including provisions from the PAST Act. If you recall,this Rule was about to be published at the end of 2016, but when President Trump took office, he launched a freeze on all new and pending Rules and Regulations. This Rule is still floating out there and we are concerned it could still be implemented if efforts to kill the PAST Act are successful.
*All of the above bills can be found on our website under the Take Action tab.*
This is a very important time to take advantage and meet with those who were elected to represent our interests and are working to make laws that affect our livelihood and our American way of life!