​The Handwritten Letter | What you Can do to Pass the SAFE Act of 2013

3 Dec

Please be our voice! Safeguard American Food Safety Act of 2013 S.541 HR.1094

Please be our voice! Safeguard American Food Safety Act of 2013 S.541 HR.1094

What you Can Do to Help

Pass the SAFE Act of 2013

​The Handwritten Letter…

What to write or not.

It’s time to do something different​ to ban horse slaughter in America. For me lately, handwritten letters are a distant memory … I don’t recall the last one I wrote to anyone … Who sends handwritten letters to politicians anymore? Why send one?

In this age of digital communication, a hand written letter stands out! That’s why!

The fact that it’s handwritten makes it stand out from emails and printed letters! It will take much longer than an email ​to arrive ​and be screened to make sure it’s safe to open by the recipient’s office.  Yes, emails get there faster, but how do you know if they are read or not?  Why would they remember your email?

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Before you write your handwritten note or letter, keep in mind this letter should be short: on one side of one page without excessive details yet personalized,  so introduce yourself! 

SUGGESTIONS to think about for your introduction: length of time lived in the district; are you in the same party tell them, but if not, do not bring it up! If you can, thank them for some other legislation they sponsored that passed into law or they recently introduced if you support it, but don’t mention it if you did not like that legislation.

Politicians like to know how their constituents feel about their work while in office and pay​ more attention to them in  election years!​ ​Are they serving the people well? – tell ​them!​ Knowing that you liked their work maybe they will listen to you,​ but please don’t write or talk about what you didn’t like.​  The suggestions above do not need ALL to be in the handwritten note – these are just possible ways to personalize your letter​. You must entice the rabbit into the foxhole, so your letter reflects a happy pleasant voter, who might make a campaign donation.

Do not write more than two sentences about why you want your politician to co-sponsor the SAFE Act.  It does not need to mention all the reasons you want the Safe Act to pass. It needs only two of the five listed reasons below (in order of preference); the first one is mandatory:

1. Food Safety

​Protect the food supply​ from tainted horse meat not raised in the meat pipeline​; why is it acceptable to allow an adult animal into the food chain since they were not raised in it?  Will this open the door to cattle, pigs and goats to enter the meat pipeline after spending it’s entire life outside the USDA regulated meat pipeline? Horses are not raised for food, how can they be safe to eat? Leave out the details about the commonly used drugs and medicines in this short handwritten note. Asking them questions may prompt them to answer.

2. Cost to taxpayer

Taxpayer pays for foreign corporations to make millions and pay no USA income tax?   For a product we don’t use, don’t want and are disgusted by, why should we pay to inspect the meat? It won’t be eaten here! There is no financial benefit to the taxpayer or the local economy nor to the entire USA! If there is no financial benefit and only expense of service​, ​why should taxpayers pay for horse meat inspections?

(Funds​ budgeted for USDA horse meat inspections​ should be moved to food stamps, soldier/veterans benefits, unemployment benefits or something you think would be appropriate for your district.)

3. 80% opposed

This is what the voter WANTS and what the voters want, we should get it!​  Considering that we ​are ​live-breathing-heart-beating citizens ​​that ​pay taxes ​and bare the brunt of ​running this country, not the corporations​, our votes should mean more than their campaign contributions​. 2014 is election year; this is a good time to tell your elected officials, if they won’t support it, your vote is going elsewhere and so is your campaign donation.

4. Environmental Issues

Only mention environmental harm if the politician supports environmental protections. Go check their webpages and find out what kinds of legislation are dear to their hearts and then find out who their campaign donations come from? Knowing the largest campaign donors as well as their voting history or co-sponsoring of past legislation should clue you in whether you should bring  up any environmental issues … know who you are talking to first.

5. In-Humane Slaughter

This argument has not swayed Congress in the past, why would anyone think it would work this year? I think we should try to get some distance from the animal rights issue of horse slaughter. Big-Ag is against animal rights and the politicians may not want to piss off their Big-Ag campaign donors. I strongly advise this topic not be included in the handwritten note! You’ll be branded an animal rights activist right away and they may not want to meet with you. 

Politicians have heard the arguments about, cruel and inhumane slaughter, Social and environmental repurcussions to local communities, etc. — AND THESE ARE NOT WINNING ARGUMENTS – if they were, horse slaughter would have been banned years ago! 


U.S. legislators need to realize that slaughtering horse not raised in the food pipeline from the beginning of their lives, is an exception to current practices for animals born in the food pipeline. Introducing a full grown horse into the meat pipeline without a certifiable medical history threatens a safe supply of food. 

Why should taxpayers pay for horse meat inspections when the simple solution is to ban slaughtering horses; it is a cost cutter for USDA budget. No economic reason why taxpayers must pay for a service while foreign national companies make the profit.

Politicians have heard the arguments about toxicity in horse meat, cruel and inhumane slaughter, environmental repurcussions, etc. — AND THESE ARE NOT WINNING ARGUMENTS – if they were, horse slaughter would have been banned years ago!

FOOD SAFETY, COSTS TO TAXPAYERS for a service that benefits foreign national companies and that has no economic benefit to the local or US economies – are more likely to be listened too and acted on.  Food Safety is a HOT issue right now!

If you want the SAFE Act to pass then you must play their game.​ First step is getting noticed so when you call you can always ask if they received your handwritten note.

Make sure you put your return address and phone number on the letter.  Also hand write at the bottom:

cc: to all offices of <Senator or Representative’s name>

​S​ign your name. Now make extra copies of the signed letter for your self ​and enough to send to each of the home state offices. Send the original to the D.C. office because that is where the legislative aides for Senators and Representatives work. Send the copies to each of the other offices in the home state if there are more than one. (This information can be found on their webpages.) 

If you can, take a photo or scan of the original signed letter before mailing it off.  

Go one step further by helping or encouraging one of your family members or neighbors to write a letter  – hand them a pen and piece of paper and an envelope when they drop by for a visit. Mail each one separately and be sure to make extra copies.

To see U.S. Legislators in The House and Senate that are not co-sponsoring the SAFE Act click HERE

Next in this series on calling your elected officials…

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