Actions Needed for Current Federal Animal Legislation
Contact your Senators AND Representatives to support:
- The Captive Primate Safety Act, H.R. 80, which would end the trafficking in primates for the pet trade, was approved by the House in July. The bill has been on the Senate legislative calendar for consideration by the full Senate without any further action.
- The Prevention of Equine Cruelty Act of 2009, H.R. 503 and S. 727 would end the slaughter of horses for food for human consumption throughout the states and prohibit the transport of horses to Canada or Mexico to be slaughtered for human consumption.
- The Great Ape Protection Act, H. R. 1326, which would end the use of great apes for invasive research. While the bill now has 123 sponsors, it needs a greater push to move it into a position for serious consideration.
- The Pet Safety and Protection Act of 2009, H.R. 3907 and S. 1834, would ensure that all dogs and cats used by research facilities are obtained legally.
- The BEST Practices Act, H.R. 4269, would end the use of live animals in military medical training courses. This landmark bill, titled in full “the Battlefield Excellence through Superior Training Practices Act,” would end the use of live animals for research in both combat trauma injuries and chemical and biological casualty management exercises.
- The Restore Our American Mustangs Act, H.R. 1018, would restore protections to wild horses and burrows under the Wild Free-Roaming Horses and Burros Act of 1971. It passed the U.S. House of Representatives on July 17, 2009. This bill would put a stop to the horrific roundup of wild horses now taking place in the Calico Mountains Complex in northwestern Nevada, where the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) is planning to permanently remove up to 2,500 horses and move them to warehouses in the Midwest. In addition, BLM has begun the roundup of 200 horses in the Confusion Herd Management Area of Utah, leaving fewer than a hundred horses in the herd. The horses are rounded up using helicopters, causing stampedes towards the capture pens that leave horses injured and dying.
- The Government Accountability Office reviewed the BLM policies, and issued a report in November 2008 that identified a number of deficiencies with the BLM wild horse and burro program. The problems cited included a reliance on poorly managed removals as the primary method for managing horses and an inaccurate system of accounting regarding the actual number of wild horses on the land. Passage of this bill would put an end to current BLM practices, but it is important to let the current Administration know that they should stop the current roundup NOW, before more horses are killed.
- Send an e-mail to the Bureau of Land Management Director, Bob Abbey asking him to put the current roundup on hold to assess better management practices before more horses are maimed and killed in this year’s roundup.
Contact only your Representatives to support:
- The Preservation of Antibiotics for Medical Treatment Act, H.R. 1549 and S. 619 would end the practice of feeding antibiotics to healthy chickens, pigs and cattle to encourage rapid growth and protect against epidemic disease from confinement farming.
- The Truth in Fur Labeling Act, H.R. 2480 and S. 1076, would require the labeling of all fur products regardless of value, closing a loophole that currently exempts products with fur valued up to $150.
Call off the Guns! Put Wolves Back on the Endangered Species List
Tell Secretary of Interior Salazar to put wolves back on the endangered species list, regardless of whatever cattle ranchers and hunters demand.
Secretary of the Interior
Department of the Interior
1849 C Street N.W.
Washington DC 20240
phone (202) 208-3100
fax (202) 208-6950
INFORMATION / TALKING POINTS
I am outraged that you have carried out the Bush Administration’s plan to take gray wolves off the endangered species list in Montana and Idaho, leaving them vulnerable to mass killing. In so doing, you have abandoned President Obama’s pledge to follow a science-based approach to environmental protection.
According to a letter signed by some 230 scientists, a severe reduction in current wolf numbers would dramatically increase the threat of extinction for a gray wolf population that is still recovering. By handing wolf management back to the states, you’ve paved the way for the first public hunting of wolves in decades. These hunts, combined with other state programs,have already killed 350 wolves — and could ultimately destroy 40 percent of the entire population. That is not sound science, it’s a disaster.
Wolves once thrived in much of the lower 48 states. Today, they reside in only five percent of their former range. If there is one place in this country where they should be allowed to flourish, it is in and around Yellowstone, Glacier National Park, and the remote Selway Bitterroot ecosystem in central Idaho.
I urge you to restore the wolf’s protection under the Endangered Species Act and submit your plan to rigorous scientific review. The wolves of the Northern Rockies are world-renowned as living icons of the American West. Please call off the guns and develop a sound wolf recovery plan that ensures a healthy future for these magnificent creatures.