What You Can do to help Stop Horse Slaughter

22 Nov

It’s time to get serious about passing the SAFE Act…real serious! We all have signed and passed around petitions to our Senators and Representatives, President Obama, the USDA and others demanding an end to horse slaughter and transportation to horse slaughter but now we must move on to the next step.

These petitions are great awareness tools but they are NOT going to get the SAFE Act passed.  The petitions have educated many people about horse slaughter but they certainly are not a motivating factor to our elected officials so we must step up our activities to ban horse slaughter.

Posting on their Facebook pages has not worked and all the Tweetstorms haven’t either. However when they do sign on as co-sponsors, it’s a good idea to make a comment on their Facebook page thanking them and send them a tweet if you use twitter – they do need to know that there are lots of people agreeing with their co-sponsorship.

Personal contact and phone calls is the next step and we must take it NOW or we won’t be able to ban horse slaughter in America before the SAFE Act bills expire in January 2015.

Upon signing petitions, we have gotten ‘canned’ responses back from our Senators and Representatives but have we ever gotten a personalized response back have we…well I haven’t…have you? Has anyone ever gotten a reply from the White house?

When we contact our elected officials via email, we all get the same reply regardless of which horse slaughter topic we are addressing related to banning horse slaughter.  It’s so easy for an IT department to set up canned responses to reply to emails that have the words horse slaughter in them. And don’t be fooled that our Senators and Representative have written those reply emails.

There some other actions to do that will help get horse slaughter and transportation, (i.e., export to slaughter) banned in the USA. The purpose of these suggestions is so you can develop a relationship with their office staff or legislative aides. Some of their staff have more power than you think so you must be professional and polite.

All these action items are specifically for those people whose Senators or Representative have not co-sponsored yet. These are some of the actions we can take and I will be writing about them in this blog in the upcoming days as well as provide some useful tools to use.

HANDWRITTEN LETTERS

Believe it or not, handwritten letters are more effective than letters printed from your computer. You can use a form letter as long as you paraphrase the text, in other words, make it your own letter!

TELEPHONE CALLS

Call your Senators and Representative and following up on them. Take notes on your conversations and then send them another letter as a follow-up about your call. Some may ask you to send an email during your conversation but if that doesn’t happen send them a letter thanking them for taking the time to speak with you regardless of which staff member with whom you talk.

MEETINGS

During your phone call try to arrange a meeting in their home offices. If you can’t arrange a meeting right away, find out when they are having local ‘meet and greet’ or town hall meetings with their constituents and make sure you attend at least one. You must also talk to them at these events – shake their hand and introduce yourself. 2014 is an election year and politicians will meet with you more readily than other years.

SUBSCRIBE TO THEIR EMAILS OR NEWSLETTERS

You must know more about your elected officials and a good way to learn is by subscribing to their newsletters. Check their webpages for a link that lets you subscribe. Check their webpage often to see what they are up to. The webpages often announce where they will be appearing and make it a point to try to attend some of them. Their webpages usually announce what bills they are sponsoring and give news on their progress.

SOCIAL MEDIA

If you are on Facebook, like their pages and subscribe to their notifications. My Senators, at the most, only make 3 or 4 posts per week.  If you use Twitter, follow them. When they vote on something you agree with, thank them via Facebook or Twitter. My representative is now following me on Twitter – I was surprised he would do that. I’ve always been respectful in my Facebook comments and tweets and I know that helps me stand out.

It’s time to get serious about your activism in supporting the Safeguard American Food Export Act if you want it to pass. You must stand out to your elected officials and stop thinking emails and petitions will convince them to co-sponsor.  They are not working! Step it up to the next level. You can make yourself stand out so they take notice.


To see the members of the House of Representatives that have not co-sponsored the Safeguard American Food Export 
Act Click HERE 

To see the members of the Senate that have not co-sponsored the Safeguard American Food Export Act Click HERE

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14 Responses to “What You Can do to help Stop Horse Slaughter”

  1. Gator Woman November 22, 2013 at 6:36 am #

    I have written personally to our Senator Nelson and asked him to block/stop this.
    Have heard nothing back from him!
    When he runs again, I WILL not forget this!

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    • WestDeltaGirl November 22, 2013 at 9:14 am #

      Please keep in mind: all correspondence sent to elected officials is screened carefully and takes more time for the offices to receive letters and packages they are sent. Why don’t you call his office and ask his staff if your letter has been received yet? It’s not likely the office staff can answer your question right away. Offer to send another and ask if it should be certified or registered mail. They will probably have to call you back with the answer if they received it or not. Every telephone call is an opportunity to make an impression with his staff – take advantage of that – make a positive friendly impression.

      Their staff had a lot of catching up to do in November as a result of the sequester in October. While on the phone with his office, present a professional demeanor; what you say and how you say it will make all the difference.

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      • Gator Woman November 22, 2013 at 10:23 am #

        Just got off of the phone with his aid in DC. Asked him to please give the message to the Senator. He took my name and zip code and promised to relay my message to the Senator. He could not confirm if my letter had been received.

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        • WestDeltaGirl November 23, 2013 at 7:51 pm #

          It’s not likely you’ll get to talk to your Senator or Rep when you call – try asking for his legislative aide.

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  2. EveryThingIDo (@EveryThingIDo) November 23, 2013 at 1:03 pm #

    I have just found your cause … I am very passionate about helping but have no idea where to start … thank you for the post and please reach out to me, should you wish to educate me further. I had no idea … I’m at a loss for words. I think we need media involvement … a LOT of media attention … how does a cause get that … think outside the box here …

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    • WestDeltaGirl December 4, 2013 at 11:38 am #

      In the coming weeks there will be more written about how to help pass the SAFE Act. It’s not enough to only call their offices and leave a message about how you feel about passing the SAFE Act.

      Keep in mind the 2014 is an election year and the politicians seeking re-election usually have ‘town hall’ type meetings and are eager to meet their constituents. Attend these meetings and most likely, if you try, you will be able to meet and talk to them and shake their hand. Ask you friends, family and neighbors to attend these meeting with you.

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