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TODAY ? CALL/FAX TO END HORSE SLAUGHTER

From: veganvet
Sent on: Tuesday, April 24, 2007 11:01 AM
Hey folks, this is an action alert from Kinship Circle (http://www.KinshipCircle.org) re: ending horse slaughter. Please call today if you can! Thanks!!

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4/24/07: TODAY ? CALL/FAX TO END HORSE SLAUGHTER
KINSHIP CIRCLE ACTION CAMPAIGN
http://www.KinshipCircle.org

THERE ARE 3 ACTIONS TO TAKE IN THIS ALERT.
PLEASE DO AS MUCH AS YOU CAN TODAY.
CONTINUE SENDING FAXES INTO THE EVENING.

SOURCE OF INFORMATION:
Forwarded by Zelda, [address removed]
Original Message: Bonnie Oliver, [address removed]
Congress to consider two bills to protect horses this week
http://www.saplonline.org/Alerts/042007.htm


ACTION #1: Call/Fax KEY Senate Committee Members
4/24/07, from [address removed] -- Liz Craddock (assigned to Bill
S. 311, the American Horse Slaughter Prevention Act (AHSPA), in Senator
Mary Landrieu's office) provided the following status and strategy:

Bill S.311 currently resides in the Science, Commerce & Transportation
Committee. There are 11 of 23 committee members who will vote "YES" for this
bill to be released for a vote on the Senate floor. That means one more vote
is needed for this to happen Wednesday, April 25. We are ONE VOTE SHORT.

Since this vote is "too close to call" as far as a majority vote, there is a
quick, simple strategy for us until Tuesday, April 24 (request to call the
Senators below comes directly from Senator Landrieu's office).

CONTACT INFORMATION:
CALL SENATORS ON THIS COMMITTE AND ASK THEM TO SUPPORT BILL S.311:

1. Senator Bill Nelson, FL -- ph:[masked] or fax:[masked]
2. Senator Jim DeMint, SC -- ph:[masked] or fax:[masked]
3. Senator John Rockefeller, W. VA -- ph:[masked] or fax:[masked]


*These Senators co-sponsored Horse Slaughter Bills in 2006 -- but have not
co-sponsored horse slaughter legislation this year -- or they?re
?fence-sitters.?


ACTION #2: Call/Fax ALL Senate Committee Members
4/23/07, from Cathy Liss, Legislative Director, http://www.saplonline.org --
On April 25, the US Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee
will hold a mark-up for S. 311, the American Horse Slaughter Prevention Act
(AHSPA). At the mark-up, Committee members will decide the language of a
measure they expect to report to the full Senate.

TALKING POINTS:
- Ask all members of the Committee to vote YES on S. 311, the American
Horse Slaughter Prevention Act.
- Urge Committee members to stand strong against misinformation spread by
pro-horse slaughter groups/individuals.
- If they currently cosponsor this bill, ask them to speak out on behalf
of S. 311 during the mark-up to persuade colleagues to join them in support.
- Ask Senate leadership to move the bill swiftly to the full Senate for
consideration.
- If your own Senator is on the Committee it?s especially important for
you to contact him/her.

Two years ago, the US Senate voted overwhelmingly to stop horse slaughter
for a year; S. 311 will ensure that the practice is stopped permanently.

CONTACT INFORMATION:
United States Senate Committee On Commerce, Science & Transportation
http://www.commerce.senate.gov/public/index.cfm?FuseAction=About.Members
DEMOCRATS
Chairman Daniel K. Inouye (HI)
ph:[masked]; fax:[masked]
web mail: http://inouye.senate.gov/
John D. Rockefeller, IV (WV)
ph:[masked]; fax:[masked]
web mail: http://rockefeller.senate.gov/services/email.cfm
John F. Kerry (MA)
ph:[masked]; fax:[masked]
web mail: http://kerry.senate.gov/v3/contact/email.cfm
Byron L. Dorgan (ND)
ph:[masked]; fax:[masked]; email: [address removed]
Barbara Boxer (CA)
ph:[masked]; fax:[masked],[masked]
web mail: http://boxer.senate.gov/contact/email/policy.cfm
Bill Nelson (FL)
ph:[masked]; fax:[masked]
web mail: http://billnelson.senate.gov/contact/email.cfm
Maria Cantwell (WA)
ph:[masked]; fax:[masked]
web mail: http://cantwell.senate.gov/contact/index.cfm
Frank R. Lautenberg (NJ)
ph:[masked]; fax:[masked]
web mail: http://lautenberg.senate.gov/contact/
Mark Pryor (AR)
ph: 202)[masked]; fax:[masked]
web mail: http://pryor.senate.gov/contact/
Thomas Carper (DE)
ph:[masked]; fax:[masked]
web mail: http://carper.senate.gov/aemail.cfm
Claire McCaskill (MO)
ph:[masked]; NO FAX LISTED
email: [address removed]
Amy Klobuchar (MN)
ph:[masked]; NO FAX LISTED
email: [address removed]

REPUBLICATIONS
Vice Chairman Ted Stevens (AK)
ph:[masked]; fax:[masked]
web mail: http://stevens.senate.gov/public/index.cfm?FuseAction=Contact.EmailSenatorStevens
John McCain (AZ)
ph:[masked]; fax:[masked]
web mail: http://mccain.senate.gov/contact/index.cfm?ID=64
Trent Lott (MS)
ph:[masked]; fax:[masked]
web mail: http://lott.senate.gov/index.cfm?FuseAction=Contact.Email
Kay Bailey Hutchison (TX)
ph:[masked]; fax:[masked]
web mail: http://hutchison.senate.gov/e-mail.htm
Olympia J. Snowe (ME)
ph:[masked]; fax:[masked]
web mail: http://snowe.senate.gov/public/index.cfm?FuseAction=ContactSenatorSnowe.Email
Gordon H. Smith (OR)
ph:[masked]; fax:[masked]
web mail: http://gsmith.senate.gov/public/index.cfm?FuseAction=Contact.Home
John Ensign (NV)
ph:[masked]; fax:[masked]
web mail: http://ensign.senate.gov/forms/email_form.cfm
John E. Sununu (NH)
ph:[masked]; fax:[masked]
web mail: http://www.sununu.senate.gov/webform.html
Jim DeMint (SC)
ph:[masked]; fax:[masked]
web mail: http://demint.senate.gov/index.cfm?FuseAction=Contact.Home
David Vitter (LA)
ph:[masked]; fax:[masked]
web mail: http://vitter.senate.gov/?module=webformiqv1
John Thune (SD)
ph:[masked]; fax:[masked]
web mail: http://thune.senate.gov/public/index.cfm?FuseAction=Contact.Email


ACTION #3: Call/Fax YOUR Representative Re: H.R. 249
4/23/07, from Cathy Liss, Legislative Director, http://www.saplonline.org --
In the House of Representatives, members of Congress will have an
opportunity to take a stand for wild horses when H.R. 249 comes up for a
vote on Thursday (4/26). Introduced by Chairman Nick Rahall (D-WV), this
bill would stop the commercial exploitation and slaughter of wild horses by
repealing the 2004 ?Burns rider? and restoring the 1971 Wild Free-Roaming
Horse and Burro Act to its original language.

Ask your Rep to vote YES on H.R. 249 -- To restore the prohibition on the
commercial sale and slaughter of wild free-roaming horses and burros.

CONTACT INFORMATION:
To identify your federal Representative and find contact info, try:
Congress.org: http://www.Congress.org
USA House of Representatives: http://www.house.gov
Society For Animal Protective Legislation, Congress Directory:
http://www.saplonline.org/congress.htm
Congressional Switchboard:[masked]

Passage of these bills is critical to the welfare of America?s horses.
Congress has spoken out several times against the slaughter of wild and
domestic horses. Now they must take a stand to keep our horses safe forever.

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FACTS AND FAQ's ABOUT HORSE SLAUGHTER
http://www.saplonline.org/w_horses_add.htm

Last year, three foreign-owned slaughter plants cruelly slaughtered more
than 100,000 horses for human consumption in Europe and Asia. Tens of
thousands more of America?s horses were exported from the United States and
slaughtered in other countries.

Slaughter is NOT humane euthanasia. Horses suffer horribly on the way to
and during slaughter.

Passage of the AHSPA will reduce animal suffering ?hence its wide support
throughout the equestrian and veterinary world, as well as the humane
community.

Americans overwhelmingly support an end to horse slaughter for human
consumption. In California, a 1998 ballot initiative to ban horse slaughter
for human consumption passed with 60% of the vote.

Animal cruelty is NOT a property rights issue. It is illegal to abuse and
neglect any animal, and horse slaughter is one of many tragic forms of
animal cruelty.

A recent ruling by the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals upheld Texas law
making the operation of the two Texas plants illegal.

The US District Court recently ruled that the US Department of Agriculture
scheme that allowed the horse slaughter facilities to hire their own
inspectors is a violation federal law. All plants were ordered to close
immediately.

Horse slaughter has been stopped temporarily in the United States, but could
resume without passage of the AHSPA. Horses are still being shipped to
Mexico and Canada for slaughter, causing even greater suffering.

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KINSHIP CIRCLE RELATED LINKS
3/29/07: 1 Horse Plant Left...And Now There Are None?
http://www.kinshipcircle.org/letter_library/letter.asp?LetterID=1636&seriesfirst=true

1/29/07: Horse Slaughter Bill Renewed In 110th Congress
http://www.kinshipcircle.org/letter_library/letter.asp?LetterID=1628&seriesfirst=true

12/7/06: Horse Slaughter Prevention Act Down To The Wire
http://www.kinshipcircle.org/letter_library/letter.asp?LetterID=1609&seriesfirst=true

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since the ?Kinship? in Kinship Circle is about our bond with them.
Brenda Shoss, KC



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