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What Can YOU Do to Pass the SAFE Act to BAN Horse Slaughter in the USA?

11 Feb Please Don't Eat Me

CALL YOUR ELECTED OFFICIALS!

What you can do to help pass
Safeguard American Food Export Act of 2015
in the U.S. Senate S.1214 and
House of Representatives HR.1942

If your Senators or Representative have not co-sponsored the SAFE Act of 2015, it is EXTREMELY important to CALL your SENATORS to support S.1214 John Rainy Memorial Safeguard American Food Safety Exports (SAFE) Act and your REPRESENTATIVE to support HR.1942 Safeguard American Food Safety Exports Act of 2015 in their DC offices.

You may never get a returned call from the politician and less likely to talk to them directly when you call.  Ask to speak to the legislative aide assigned to these bills and leave a message.  You are more likely to get a call back from the legislative aide than your elected official.

This issue is about food safety and NOT about animal welfare.  If you start talking about how in-humane it is, they won’t listen, so you MUST talk about the potential toxicity because horses are NOT raised in the food pipeline.  Can a rancher send cattle, pigs, chickens to slaughter if it was a family pet?  NO, they CAN’T!

Why should horses be added to the food pipeline after they are grown?  All animals raised in the food pipeline are not allowed to be given certain drugs or treatments and there is no way to ensure that horses not raised in the food pipeline are free from those products. They can not test a live horse – they must slaughter it first before they can test it (yes I know, very upsetting).  This means tax dollars will be wasted if the carcass tests positive for the tested banned substances and another horse will be dead...

If you are not sure what to say, take a look at the comments in support of S.1214 on popvox.com (links below). Don’t use the arguments that discuss in-humane slaughter, because this is a bill about FOOD SAFETY and is the ONLY argument that more legislators will understand and support since food safety has become a very big issue

Before you call, make a short list about what you are going to say – practice saying it a few times until you feel confident about what you say.

When calling your Senators or Representatives, if the person you talk to tries to turn the subject over to the myth ‘too many unwanted horses’ in the USA, then you must remind them they are changing the subject to horse welfare — THIS IS A FOOD SAFETY ISSUE. They are obfuscating the issue and that is not what this proposed legislation will regulate and has no business in the discussion.  They won’t listen to you when you bring up how inhumane horse slaughter is, so you must remind them this is not about horse welfare.

Call BOTH your Senators if they have not co-sponsored! When you are done, call your Representative if she/he hasn’t cosponsored yet...

Go public with your comments on Popvox.com. You must create an account before you can leave a comment which will be sent to your elected legislators. The comment will be visible to the public.

Add your message to your Representative on Popvox  re:  HR.1942 HERE 
 (94% of responses in support)
Add your comments to your Senators on Popvox re:  S.1214  HERE
(98% of responses  in support)
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You can check on status on govtrack.us or call congress at these two links:
Click here to go to govtracks.us to see current status of S.1214 at:  https://www.govtrack.us/congress/bills/114/s1214

CALL YOUR SENATORS and REPRESENTATIVE: Safeguard American Food Export Act S541

7 Oct

What you can do to help pass the Safeguard American Food Export Act of 2013 in the U.S. Senate S.541 and House of Representatives HR.1094:

WRITE A HAND WRITTEN LETTER TODAY!

 

If your Senators or Representative have not co-sponsored the S.A.F.E. Act of 2013, it is EXTREMELY important to CALL your SENATORS to support S.541 and your REPRESENTATIVE to support HR.1094 in their DC offices.  You may never get a returned call from the politician and less likely to talk to them directly when you call.  Ask to speak to the legislative aide assigned to these bills and leave a message.  You are more likely to get a call back from the legislative aide than your elected official.

President Barack Obama signs H.R. 2751, the “F...

President Barack Obama signs H.R. 2751, the “FDA Food Safety Modernization Act,” in the Oval Office, Jan. 4, 2011. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza) License on Flickr (2011-01-12): United States Government Work Flickr tags: WASHINGTON, DC, USA (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

This issue is about food safety and not about animal welfare.  If you start talking about how in-humane it is, they won’t listen, so you MUST talk about the potential toxicity because horses are NOT raised in the food pipeline.  Can a cattle rancher send cattle to slaughter if it’s not raised in the food pipeline? — NO!

Why should horses be added after they are grown? All animals raised in the food pipeline are not allowed to be given certain drugs or treatments and there is no way to ensure that horses not raised in the food pipeline are free from those products.  They can not test a live horse – they must slaughter it first before they can test it (yes I know, very upsetting).  This means tax dollars will be wasted if the carcass tests positive for the tested banned substances and another horse will be dead.

 

If you are not sure what to say, take a look at the comments in support of S.541 on popvox.com link below. Don’t use the arguments that discuss in-humane slaughter because this is a bill about FOOD SAFETY and export of horses to slaughter not raised for food.   Make a short list about what you are going to say – practice saying it a few times until you feel confident about what you are going to say.

 
Also take a look what the ORGANIZATIONS ENDORSING this legislation have to say in support and support them by following them on facebook,  webpages or via twitter:
 
ORGS ENDORSING

Review the statements made by organizations in opposition.  If you are a member of one of these organizations and disagree with their opposition, let them know you disagree with their position.

ORGS OPPOSING

When calling your Senators or Representatives, if the person you talk to tries to turn the subject over to the myth ‘too many unwanted horses’ in the USA, then you must remind them they are changing the subject to horse welfare — THIS IS A FOOD SAFETY ISSUE.  They are obfuscating the issue and that is not what this proposed legislation will regulate and has no business in the discussion.  They won’t listen to you when you bring up how inhumane horse slaughter is, so you must remind them this is not about horse welfare.
 
** Call BOTH your Senators if they have not co-sponsored! When you are done, call your Representative if she/he hasn’t cosponsored yet.
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Go public with your comments on Popvox.com and Govtrack.us .
Add your message to your Senator(s) on  Popvox  re:  S541  HERE 
 
Add your comments to your Representative on Popvox re:  HR1094  HERE
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You can also make comments on govtrack.us or call congress at these two links:
Log in to govtracks.us and comment in Support of S541 at:  https://www.govtrack.us/congress/bills/113/s541#comments
 

Log in to govtracks.us and comment in Support of HR1094 at:  https://www.govtrack.us/congress/bills/113/hr1094#comments

 

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List of Senators that have co-sponsored:

Sen. Graham, Lindsey [R-SC]
Sen. Menendez, Robert [D-NJ]
Sen. Blumenthal, Richard [D-CT]
Sen. Collins, Susan M. [R-ME]
Sen. Whitehouse, Sheldon [D-RI]
Sen. Gillibrand, Kirsten E. [D-NY]
Sen. Heinrich, Martin [D-NM]
Sen. Warren, Elizabeth [D-MA]
Sen. Schumer, Charles E. [D-NY]
Sen. Feinstein, Dianne [D-CA]
Sen. Mikulski, Barbara A. [D-MD]
Sen. Boxer, Barbara [D-CA]
Sen. Carper, Thomas R. [D-DE]
Sen. Lautenberg, Frank R. [D-NJ] (deceased)
Sen. Sanders, Bernard [I-VT]
Sen. Leahy, Patrick J. [D-VT]
Sen. Begich, Mark [D-AK]
Sen. Reed, Jack [D-RI]
Sen. Shaheen, Jeanne [D-NH]
Sen. Durbin, Richard [D-IL]
Sen. Kirk, Mark Steven [R-IL]
Sen. Markey, Edward J. [D-MA]
Sen. Coons, Christopher A. [D-DE]
Sen. Levin, Carl [D-MI]
Sen. Schatz, Brian [D-HI]
Sen. Udall, Tom [D-NM]
Sen. Baldwin, Tammy [D-WI]
Sen. Booker, Cory A. [D-NJ]

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List of Representatives who have co-sponsored:

Young, W. Bill [R-FL13] (no longer serving)
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 UPDATE:
On November 12, 2014, ONE more Senator and TWO more Representatives have cosponsored:

S541:
Sen Hirono, Mazie K. [HI] – 11/12/2014

HR1094:
Rep Dent, Charles W. [PA-15] – 11/12/2014
Rep Pierluisi, Pedro R. [PR] – 11/12/2014

Canadian Parliament Defeats Food Safety Bill C-571

15 May

The Canadian House of Commons voted on whether C-571 should continue on to committee yesterday May 15, 2014,  for further consideration of the food safety laws and regulations in place regarding the slaughtering of horses. Most horses in Canada and all horses in America are not in the food pipeline. In America, horses are not regulated as food animals yet they still end up on the dinner plates in the global marketplace! C-571 could have stopped this and their reputation of safe food would not be sullied…sigh… it was defeated!

NDP Press Release:

PARLIAMENT DEFEATS FOOD SAFETY BILL

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – May 15, 2014

PARLIAMENT DEFEATS FOOD SAFETY BILL

Alex Atamanenko, MP (BC Southern Interior) issued the following statement in Ottawa regarding parliament’s defeat last night of his Bill C-571 through which he hoped to overhaul the horse meat industry in the interests of food safety:

“I am very dismayed that my Bill C-571 did not get quite enough support in Parliament to pass on to Committee stage where it would have received thorough scrutiny and proper debate. I had hoped to follow an example set by the EU to have the same food safety standards, transparency and accountability applied to the horse meat industry as is required of all animals that are raised to produce food for the human food chain.

Horses are commonly and even routinely administered a long list of common medications labelled as toxic and not intended for use in food animals because no safe limits or withdrawals periods have been established.

Unlike the cattle industry where food production is its primary purpose, the horse slaughter for meat industry mainly exists to dispose of the industrial by-product from the equine sporting industry where abuse and overuse of drugs is rampant.

By presenting arguments based on food safety, science and legal accountability, renowned international equestrian Victoria McCullough and Florida State Senator Joseph Abruzzo recently effected a nearly unanimous and non-partisan decision in the US Congress to keep American slaughterhouses closed to horses. It is striking that Canada’s parliament just voted to ignore the same science and facts to give priority to industry profits.

I would like to thank all my MP colleagues that supported my bill. My warmest thanks go out to all those who worked so tirelessly to gather signatures on petitions and to the thousands of Canadians who signed those petitions or wrote their MPs in support of Bill C-571. A very special thank you to Sinikka Crosland of the Canadian Horse Defence Coalition who together with Humane Society International / Canada have worked so hard to bring about action to clean up the shady and irresponsible practices of this unnecessary industry.

SOURCE:  HERE

Apparently the Canadian House of Commons could care less about their food safety issues…what a disappointment! We know it wasn’t the perfect solution, but if it had become law, at least the horses without an EID could not be slaughtered in Canada and the US Canadian border would be shut to imports of slaughter bound American horses.
Read about how the vote went in the Canadian House of Commons yesterday on:
Canadian Horse Defence Coalition 
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Please be Our Voice! ©2013 afroditi katsikis

There is still a chance for the USA to shut it’s borders to exporting horses for slaughter by passing the Safeguard American Food Exports Act of 2013.
Open a POPVOX account to send a message to your US Representative and comment in support of the House Bill HR.1094  and then comment on the Senate Bill S.541 to send a message to your Senator!
Time is of the essence: In a few short months the USDA/FSIS defunding language will no longer be in place and S.541 & HR.1094 expire in early January 2015. To see what else you can do to help pass the S.A.F.E. Act of 2013 go HERE

 

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Like this Facebook page: Safeguard American Food Exports Act S541 & Hr1094 to keep informed of the horse related legislation in the USA.

 

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I Support Safeguard American Food Exports Act of 2013

29 Mar

This is an election year and as such there are a lot more opportunities to meet with your elected officials. Please subscribe to their newsletters to keep informed about their town hall meetings. If you see an event that they will be speaking at, by all means, go to that event and introduce yourselves and shake their hand. They need to know what their constituents are most interested in and what it will take for them to get your vote.

Keep in mind that the current federal budget expires before the elections and if the budget for the following year does not include de-funding language of inspections at horse slaughter plants then it’s possible for horses to be slaughtered in the USA. However, not sure which fools will try to open a horse slaughter plant in the USA considering the lawsuits that were filed last year that so far have been successful in preventing these plants to open. Litigation is very expensive!

Another fairly unique factor is what will the EU do in closing the border to horse meat imported from the Americas (Canada, Mexico and South America)? In the past few days various investigations have awakened the EU to the fact that most of the horses sent to slaughter are not compliant with EU regulations. Several large grocery chains have pulled all horse meat off their shelves and this is very promising. Make sure you tell your elected officials what’s going in the the EU.

Here are some articles  to read and share:

Get the S.A.F.E. Act to the floor! 5 THUNDERCLAPS for HR1094 S541

29 Jan

Let's Get the S.A.F.E. Act of 2013 Passed

ORGANIZERprofile image

Nancy Watson @nansea94w

As a board member of Citizens Against Equine Slaughter and member of SAFE Act Supporters, I am a voice for the voiceless, fighting to protect our wild and domestic horses. Please join me!

“Get the SAFE Act to the floor!

WE The PEOPLE want #SafeGuardAmericanFoodExportAct2013

on HOUSE floor 4 vote”

Nancy Watson, Citizens Against Equine Slaughter, set up five Thunderclaps targeting the Chairs of the committees the S.A.F.E. Act is stuck in with the message above in quotes. Hopefully as a result it will spur people into action and call their Representative or Senators who have not yet co-sponsored the S.A.F.E. Act of 2013.

What is a Thunderclap?

A Thunderclap is when lots of people on Facebook or Twitter post the same thing at the same designated day and time. Just think of it as a one time unified shout out: “Neigh to Horse Slaughter!”

Watch this short video HERE to learn about a Thunderclap.

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First Thunderclap Feb 3, 2014

Representative Eric A. “Rick” Crawford, AR-1 (R), Chair of the House Committee on Agriculture: Livestock, Rural Development, and Credit. Continue reading

Sen Blunt, Sen Pryor, Rep Aderholt and Rep Farr: Keep the defunding verbiage in the Ag Budget

22 Dec

Food Safety is compromised already – we need more inspectors for food imports and in American slaughter houses to ensure that the food available for sale in the USA is safe. Funding horse meat inspections will only take more inspectors away from inspecting the other meats that are eaten in the USA.

If you want to call them please be polite and respectful. If you are not in their state or Congressional district they will tell you that you should call your own Senator or Representative; tell them: this is a NATIONAL ISSUE and affects you just as much as it affects the citizens in their state or district. One thing NOT to mention is that horse slaughter is not humane because they will not listen to that argument — they don’t care!

If you are NOT an American citizen, please leave a comment on the petition indicating that you do not want this meat exported to your country because you know that American horses are not raised in the food pipeline and should not be eaten as they may be toxic as a result of the products and drugs they may be given during their lifetime.

Sign This PETITION: HERE

Sen Blunt, Sen Pryor, Rep Aderholt and Rep Farr: Keep the defunding verbiage in the Ag Budget.

Why this is important

The defunding language was removed from the Ag Budget in 2011 in a sneaky move on the part of Sen Blunt, Sen Kohl and Rep Kingston. We are faced with equine slaughter operations opening on US soil for the first time in 6 years because of this deceptive move. We do NOT want that language removed this time! The American Taxpayer is already dealing with poor inspections of our meat due to the budget cuts. We do not want the USDA inspecting meat that will not be used in the American food supply!

We The People are aware that the Ag Appropriations Conference will be held shortly. We urge you to leave the horse slaughter inspection defunding language (by Rep Moran) in the budget. The House and Senate Bills are identical and therefore do not need to be reconciled! They are IDENTICAL! It is undemocratic to pull out this language this time!

Our horses are unfit for human consumption, and we do not want our tax dollars funding USDA inspections at the tune of $400k per plant, per year. 80% of Americans are opposed to equine slaughter.

Please represent We The People, and keep the DEFUNDING in the budget! Please see http://www.kaufmanzoning.org to learn about the horror and reality of equine slaughter.

Sign This PETITION: HERE

Sen Blunt, Sen Pryor, Rep Aderholt and Rep Farr: Keep the defunding verbiage in the Ag Budget.

 

 

​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

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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Proposal would brand horses treated with Bute

3 Dec Ghost Horses Running

I don’t see why this wouldn’t work to save horses from the slaughter plants, that are loved and cared for properly. Even if the kill-buyers buy them to transport to slaughter, how can the slaughter plants ignore the permanent brand and it’s meaning?  The abbattoires in Mexico and Canada would need to be notified as well as the border inspectors to reject horses with this brand.

Proposal would brand horses treated with Bute

By  on December 3, 2013

Texas-based T’bred advocate Donna Keen recently announced an innovative idea to save horses from the slaughter pipeline, long before they’re endangered.

The CEO of Remember Me Rescue is proposing to both industry leaders and influencers alike, that identification be painlessly branded on the left, front shoulder of any horse treated with one of 17 medications routinely given to horses, which are that are banned in meat consumed by humans.

Keen argues that branding, which was an idea put forth by California-based Thoroughbred advocate Deb Jones in a conversation between the two, would prove unequivocally that a horse has been treated with substances, such as phenlybutazone (Bute), a substance that remains in the horseflesh long after it is administered, and is considered dangerous in humans.

Says Keen, “The people in Europe don’t want to eat meat that has been treated with substances like Bute, but in some cases they’ve been lied to and told that their meat is safe, when it isn’t.”

She proposes that racehorse owners place an indelible “freeze” brand on their horse the very moment the animal is treated with a substance that is banned for human consumption, and that the information be stored in a national database that would detail the horse’s name, tattoo number, provide photos of the animal, as well as the name of the attending veterinarian, the date the drug was administered, and the name of the owner at that time.

Donna with a gentle friend

Donna with a California-bred Yeah Me Do, age 30

The branding process would be voluntary, and already at least one racing company has promised to brand all of its horses, she says.

Keen notes that MidWest Thoroughbreds owner Richard Papiese has already indicated his enthusiasm for a branding system.

The idea is being proposed to Thoroughbred industry representatives, and a database developer has been retained to start building a website, Keen says.

“People need to look at it as a badge of honor to keep their horse from being slaughtered,” Keen says. “People will try to get around it. But a brand is going to slow down the number of horses going to slaughter, from crossing the border, or being purchased by meat buyers.”

Noting that there are 17 legal medications commonly given to racehorses that are banned from human food, Keen says a brand given at the time the first drug is administered could save that horse from the slaughterhouse.

“Any horse that has ever received even one dose of Bute is banned for life from being slaughtered for human consumption,” she says. “I personally do not know of a horse that has not ever been treated for a high temperature, a mild colic, or given Bute as an anti-inflammatory. Track veterinarians tell me that most horses at the racetrack have been given Bute.”

Read the whole story -> Proposal would brand horses treated with Bute.

New Co-Sponsors for SAFE Act S.541 HR.1094

24 Nov Please be Our Voice!  ©2013 afroditi katsikis

Please be Our Voice

Please be Our Voice!   Call Your Representative and Senators!

Two more Representatives are 

co-sponsoring HR.1094

Rep Joyce, David P. [OH-14] – 11/22/2013 
Rep Engel, Eliot L. [NY-16] – 11/22/2013

There are now 159 co-sponsors in the House of Representatives for HR1094 and 27 co-sponsors in the Senate for S.541   

Go thank the new co-sponsors on their social media sites and send a personal handwritten thank-you note! 2014 is election year! Remind them where they are getting a vote from if they represent you! Otherwise, go thank them and tell them that food safety and how our federal taxes are spent should be part of the national discussion!

They must learn that there are people in their districts that are watching this issue of food safety and taxes! We need a little more ‘boots on the ground’ participation!  Ask your friends, families or neighbors to go to their public appearances in the coming months with you – introduce yourself, shake their hand, talk about these issues with them and ask for a meeting.

Facebook users please ‘LIKE’ this page!  Safeguard American Food Exports Act S541 & Hr1094.

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What You Can do to help Stop Horse Slaughter

22 Nov follow me on twitter:
@TweetEquine

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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