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Group Organizer
Santa Monica, CA
Dear all,

Below is a DawnWatch alert concerning a disturbing bill, the Farm Bill, which we have to do everything in our power to stop from becoming law!! Please read Karen Dawn's message below for further details!!

Thanks for caring,

There is a saying: "One person can do almost anything. No person can
do everything." That's why DawnWatch focuses strictly on media and
almost never sends out alerts that are not media based. I make an exception
today in order to tell people about a piece of legislation that could
undo all of the good work so many others have done on the legislative
front. There is a provision tucked into the pending Farm Bill designed to
prohibit states and localities from banning activities they deem to be
contrary to public health, safety, or morals. If it passes, it will
nullify gains made by activists across the 50 states.
If you respond to just one alert this year, please make it this one, so
that others can keep fighting.
Please read the alert below from HSUS and take five minutes to make two
phone calls and send two emails. Your five minutes will enable
activists to continue to devote their lives to easing animal suffering.

Here is the HSUS alert:

Don't Let Congress Undo State and Local Animal Laws

Dear Friend,

Some of our most important victories for animals have been state laws
barring cruel practices?such as horse slaughter, confining young
calves and breeding pigs in crates so small they can?t even turn around,
and force-feeding of ducks and geese to make foie gras. Should Congress
be able to block all such laws? Tell your federal legislators NO!

The federal government shouldn?t be able to trump the will of the
states when it comes to animal welfare. Yet that?s exactly what
legislation now making its way through Congress would do. A small
provision?Section 123?tucked into the pending Farm Bill would prohibit states
and localities from banning activities they deem to be contrary to public
health, safety, or morals. It?s an outrageous power grab that would
undermine the democratic process and deny citizens the right to pass
state or local laws on issues of humane treatment or food safety.

If passed, this provision would nullify bans on horse slaughter in
states including Illinois, Texas and California, bans on gestation crates
in Florida and both gestation and veal crates in Arizona, and bans on
foie gras in California and Chicago. Tell Congress not to mess with state
and local animal protection laws!


Please take a moment to make brief, polite phone calls to your federal
legislators about this issue. You can reach your federal legislators by
calling the Capitol switchboard at (202) 224-3121, or go to
https://community.hsu...­ to find their
Capitol office phone numbers.

Making a phone call is easy. You will speak to a staff person who can
take your message and pass it along to your legislator. You can say:

"Hello, my name is [your name] and I'm a constituent from [your town
and state]. I'm calling to urge [your legislator's name] to oppose any
effort to preempt state and local laws through the Farm Bill. I'm very
alarmed about Section 123 of the pending House Farm Bill, which would
prevent states and localities from passing laws to protect animals from
inhumane treatment and to protect food safety. When citizens decide a
practice is too cruel or dangerous to allow in their state, Congress has
no business forcing them to allow it. Thank you."

After you make your calls, please send a follow-up email to further
encourage your legislators to keep this dangerous provision out of the
Farm Bill. Go to
https://community.hsu...­ to send
your emails.

Finally, please tell your friends and family about this important issue
and ask them to help. We need lots of calls and letters flooding
Congress right away to stop this awful legislation. You'll find a form that
helps you send the alert on to friends at

Thank you for all that you do for animals!


Mike Markarian
Executive Vice President
The Humane Society of the United States

(End of HSUS alert)
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issues in the media and facilitates one-click responses to the relevant
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