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Humane Slaughter Act/Animal Welfare Act

From The Humane Society of the United States and The Fund for Animals
May 5, 2004:

ENFORCEMENT IS KEY:

Animal protection laws are only as good as their enforcement, and that's heavily influenced by whether there's adequate funding for them. Members of Congress are currently crafting the 13 Appropriations bills‹legislation that determines the amount of funding allotted to hundreds of federal programs--for FY 2005 (which begins in October).

Two of these bills -- the Agriculture Appropriations bill and the Interior Appropriations bill -- will determine the success of key animal welfare laws next year. The Agriculture Appropriations Subcommittee will set funding levels for the USDA's enforcement of the Animal Welfare Act (AWA) and Humane Methods of Slaughter Act (HMSA), laws which are supposed to provide basic protections for millions of animals who go through U.S. laboratories, puppy mills, zoos, circuses, airlines, and slaughterhouses. The Interior Appropriations Subcommittee will set funding for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service's (USFWS) enforcement of several wildlife laws, including the newly enacted ban on interstate trade and foreign commerce in tigers, lions, and other big cats for the pet trade.

WHAT YOU CAN DO:
It's critical that you contact your Senators and Representatives today with the message below:

• Urge your two Senators to "sign onto the SANTORUM-LEVIN GROUP LETTER TO THE AGRICULTURE APPROPRIATIONS SUBCOMMITTEE seeking funds for USDA's enforcement of the Animal Welfare Act, Humane Slaughter Act, and federal animal fighting law, and the ENSIGN-JEFFORDS GROUP LETTER TO THE INTERIOR APPROPRIATIONS SUBCOMMITTEE seeking funds for the Fish and Wildlife Service's enforcement of the law Congress passed last year to end interstate commerce in tigers and other big cats for the pet trade."

• Urge your Representative to "sign onto the CHRIS SMITH-BLUMENAUER GROUP LETTER TO THE AGRICULTURE APPROPRIATIONS SUBCOMMITTEE seeking funds for USDA's enforcement of the Animal Welfare Act, Humane Slaughter Act, and federal animal fighting law, and the MCKEON-GEORGE MILLER GROUP LETTER TO THE INTERIOR APPROPRIATIONS SUBCOMMITTEE seeking funds for the Fish and Wildlife Service's enforcement of the law Congress passed last year to end interstate commerce in tigers and other big cats for the pet trade."

You can contact all your federal legislators through the U.S. Capitol switchboard at 202-224-3121. If you need to look up the names of your legislators go to Fund Action Site, send an email to humanelines@hsus.org, or call us at 202-955-3668.


From The Humane Society of the United States and The Fund for Animals
April 17, 2003:

In recent years Congress has responded to calls for more funding to vigorously enforce the Animal Welfare Act (AWA) and the Humane Methods of Slaughter Act (HMSA). These two laws - which affect millions of animals at more than 10,000 sites including slaughterhouses, laboratories, puppy mills, zoos, circuses, and airlines - are only as good as USDA's enforcement of them. We need your help to sustain this effort, so newly-hired inspectors won't be let go, and instead can stay on the job and get the training they need. Senators Rick Santorum (R-PA) and Carl Levin (D-MI) and Representatives Chris Smith (R-NJ) and Earl Blumenauer (D-OR) are circulating a letter for their colleagues to co-sign seeking continued support for funding to improve enforcement of these key animal welfare laws. A similar letter last year was co-signed by 39 Senators and 132 Reps - let's get even more legislators on board this year!

WHAT YOU CAN DO:
Urge your U.S. Representative to sign onto the "Smith-Blumenauer letter on animal welfare funding" and urge your two U.S. Senators to sign onto the "Santorum-Levin letter on animal welfare funding." To make sure your message gets through effectively, ask to speak with the staffer handling animal protection issues.

You can reach all three of your legislators through the Capitol Switchboard at (202) 224-3121, and you can identify their names at http://www.congress.org/ or by calling The HSUS at 202-955-3668.

To see if your legislators joined on last year's letter, check the Humane Scorecard at http://www.hsus.org/ace/14580