March 4, 2016:  Salt River Wild Horses

A bill, HB2340, for the management and protection of the Salt River Wild Horse herd is on the agenda for Tuesday, March 8th.  HB2340 will allow the Salt River Wild Horse Management Group, the US Forest Service, and the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office to work together to protect them.  Please call the Senator’s listed below…they need not represent you specifically…all calls are registered.  Please tell them that you SUPPORT HB2340.   Please call on Monday.

Senator Nancy Barto (R), District 15, (602) 926-5766
David Bradley (D), District 10, (602) 926-5262
Olivia Cajero Bedford (D), District 3, (602) 926-5835
Steve Smith (R), District 11, (602) 926-5685
David C. Farnsworth (R), Vice Chairman, District 16, (602) 926-3020
Judy Burges (R), Chairman, District 22, (602) 926-5861

 

September 18, 2015:  The Human Cosmetics Act (HR 2858)  

Now that Congress is back in session, The Humane Cosmetics Act (HR 2858) is on the agenda.  This important bill will prohibit animal testing for cosmetics manufactured and/or sold in the United States.

There are many alternatives to ensure that a product will be safe for humans already in existence, and are being used by many manufacturers.  They are not only cheaper, they’re more accurate, AND they don’t put any animals in danger.

Check to see if you’re using products made by companies who still test on animals, here.

Please read more from the June 26th posting below about this very same bill, and then call your representatives today and ask them to support The Humane Cosmetics Act (HR 2858).

 

August 25, 2015:  Put and end to horse soring!  What is soring?  It is a term used when immoral  and corrupt trainers “sore” horses using caustic chemicals, chains, weighted shoes, and hard objects that are jammed into tender flesh, along with other painful techniques that make it hurt for the horse to step down — all to force the horses to perform an artificial, high-stepping gait known as the “Big Lick.”  The Big Lick is rewarded at some horse shows.

The Prevent All Soring Tactics (PAST) Act, H.R. 3268/S. 1121, will amend the current Horse Protection Act.  If passed it will put an end to self-policing; ban the devices used; and strengthen the penalties to put an end to this horrible torture for Tennessee walking horses and related breeds.

Please make a brief, polite phone call to your U.S. Representative and your two U.S. Senators to put an end to soring. You can say: “I’m a constituent, and I urge you to co-sponsor the Prevent All Soring Tactics (PAST) Act, H.R. 3268/S. 1121. If you’re already co-sponsoring the bill, thank you for your support and please do all that you can to get it enacted quickly.” Look up your legislators’ phone numbers.

To make a bigger impact, submit a letter too.  Click here to add your name and your representatives will receive the letter through the Humane Society of the United States.

 July 6, 2015: Help elephants and wolves by taking action today!

Tomorrow, Tuesday, July 7th, the U.S. House of Representatives will vote on a harmful spending bill that will allow elephant poaching for ivory and the massive trophy hunting of wolves. The bill includes provisions to block the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service from cracking down on the domestic illegal ivory market, which is driving elephants to extinction, and to remove gray wolves entirely from the endangered species list, which would resume hound hunting, baiting and trapping of wolves in states with hostile and reckless management plans.

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Fortunately, Representatives Rual Grijalva (D-AZ), and Richard Hanna (R-NY) will offer an amendment that would remove the harmful ivory rider, and Representative Niki Tsongas (D-MA) will offer an amendment to remove the wolf rider. grey-wolf-snow_joel-sartore1

Your U.S. Representative needs to hear from you today! Please make a brief, polite phone call (find your representative here) right now. You can say, “I’m a constituent and I would like you to protect wolves and elephants. Please vote “yes” on the Grijalva-Hanna ivory amendment and Tsongas wolf amendment to the Interior Appropriations bill.”

 

Authors note:  The information above was taken, verbatim, from the Humane Society of the United States call to action.  

June 26, 2015: The Humane Cosmetics Act needs your support, as it will prohibit animal testing on all cosmetic products made and/or sold in the USA.   This bill is necessary to protect animals from outdated and inaccurate, cruel tests.

You’d be surprised at the number of mainstream companies who test their products on animals, and many of those products are not cosmetics.  Read Were animals harmed getting your favorite products to market to learn more.

There are already successful and efficient replacements to animal testing, and countless companies already manufacture skin care and cosmetics using these alternatives every day.  These replacement methods are often faster, cheaper, and more relevant on how the product will affect humans, so they’re able to calculate safety with more accuracy.

What can you do?

Simply request that your Federal representative support this legislation, by making a brief and polite phone call.  Find the phone number and email address for your legislator here.

You might say something to the effect of:  “I am your constituent and I am asking that you to co-sponsor the Humane Cosmetics Act, if you haven’t done so already. This important bill will prohibit outdated and cruel animal testing for cosmetics manufactured or sold in the U.S.”

After the phone call, it is important to send an email or write a letter as well…it doubles the impact!

This legislation is sponsored by U. S. Representatives Martha McSally (R-AZ), Don Beyer (D-VA), Joe Heck (R-NV), and Tony Cardenas (D-CA).  If any of these members of the House represent your district, please thank them for introducing and sponsoring this vital bill.

Currently, any American cosmetic company who want to sell their products in China are required to perform tests on animals, so many of these companies choose not to sell there.  But there are many who do, so it’s a good idea that you investigate where your favorite companies manufacture their products.  To learn more about which companies are already manufacturing cruelty free products, check out Leaping Bunny.

The good news about the China connection is that beginning on June 30th, the China Food and Drug Administration (CFDA) lifted the requirement that animal testing be conducted on cosmetics produced and sold there.  This is due, in part, to the continued and endless efforts of Be Cruelty-Free China, a campaign run by the Beijing team for the Humane Society International and its Chinese partners.  Now, ordinary cosmetics, including make-up, skin, hair, and nail care products, and fragrances will allow manufacturers to choose from available alternatives to conduct human risk evaluations in lieu of animal testing.

You can also sign the Be Cruelty Free Pledge and join millions of other animal lovers from around the globe who don’t want animals to suffer for beauty.

So get busy.  You’ve got phone calls to make, emails and letters to send, and a pledge to take.

The animals all thank you!

June 1, 2015: Help Stop Animal Crush

blissful puppyAnimal welfare and pet protection is coming of age!

While there are already Federal laws that prohibit animal fighting, as well as the trafficking of obscene crush videos, with depictions of animals being crushed, burned, drowned, raped, suffocated, impaled or subjected to other forms of heinous brutality, the underlying malicious acts of cruelty themselves are not. The PACT Act (HR2293) will create a federal anti-cruelty statute that complements the existing cruelty laws in all 50 states.

Alarmingly, as most of us already know, people who engage in hideous acts of crush cruelty toward animals are a threat to us all, since there is a definite link between animal abuse and other violent crimes.

A bipartisan group of lawmakers have created the Prevent Animal Cruelty and Torture Act (PACT) .  This law will afford law enforcement an additional tool when these heinous crush cruelties occur on federal property or in interstate commerce.

What can you do?

A respectful call to your U. S. Representative is the first step.  Briefly, you can say something to the effect of “I care about preventing animal cruelty and urge you to co-sponsor HR 2293, the Prevent Animal Cruelty and Torture Act.”

It’s that simple!

Also, the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) has made it easy for you to send a follow-up.  Click here to send a message.

The Representatives who have sponsored and are introducing HR2293:

  • Representative Lamar Smith, R-TX-21
  • Representative Theodore Deutch, D-FL-21
  • Representative Tom Marino, R-PA-10
  • Representative Earl Blumenauer, D-OR-3
  • Representative Steve Cabot, R-OH-1
  • Representative Steve Cohen, D-TN-9
  • Representative Patrick Meehan, R-PA-7
  • Representative Jerrold Nadler, D-NY-10
  • Representative Trent Franks, R-AZ-8

The animals all thank you!

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