Action Alerts


Tell Utah’s Senators to OPPOSE HB 187, “Ag Gag” Legislation
Take action and let Uath’s Senators know they need to OPPOSE HB 187, Agricultural Operation Interference. This bill that targets anyone who photographs or films factory farm abuses, which supporters describe as “terrorism,” has overwhelmingly passed the House.

Contact information for Utah’s State Senators:
http://www.utahsenate.org/aspx/roster.aspx

Please take the time to send the Senators a personal email, and not a form email from PETA or HSUS.  They need to know individuals, not animal rights groups oppose this bill.

If passed by the Utah Senate, HB187 will criminalize taking photographs and videos of animal factory farms even if that evidence shows violations of the law.

This bill has already passed the House but now our SENATORS need to hear from us. Please find your Utah state SENATOR (click here: http://le.utah.gov/GIS/findDistrict.jsp), then call and urge them to vote NO on HB187 when it comes to a vote on the Senate floor.

A Utah bill that targets anyone who photographs or films factory farm abuses, which supporters describe as “terrorism,” has overwhelmingly passed the House.

HB 187, “Agricultural Operation Interference,” passed 60-14.  The amended bill removes the sentencing provision that would make a second offense equivalent to assaulting a police officer. However, the bill remains dangerously overbroad. As Rep. David Litvack noted, the bill not only targets animal rights groups: “There is no whistleblower protection.”

“Ag Gag” bills are being considered in multiple states, but, if the Utah Senate approves, this would be the first of these proposals to become law.

Public comments against Ringling’s breeding application
Ringling Bros. Circus is applying to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to renew their breeding registration for Asian elephants. They have repeatedly demonstrated that elephants should not be in their care—the largest fine in animal welfare history was levied against them. Public comments are extremely important and influence the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. Being in a circus is pure hell for these gentle giants.

Your comments can be short and simple. Such as:
Please deny Ringling’s application to renew its captive-bred wildlife registration (PRT-720230) for Asian elephants

Email: dmafr@fws.gov
or call 703.358.2104 x1989

Subject line: Deny Ringling’s application for breeding application

E-mail text: Please deny Ringling’s application to renew its captive-bred wildlife registration (PRT-720230) for Asian elephants.


Crack Down on Spectators at Animal Fights
Bipartisan legislation, S. 1947/H.R. 2492, has been introduced by U.S. Reps. Tom Marino, R-Pa., and Betty Sutton, D-Ohio, and by Senators Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn., Mark Kirk, R-Ill., Maria Cantwell, D-Wash., and Scott Brown, R-Mass., that would prohibit knowing attendance at organized animal fights and impose additional penalties for causing a minor to attend such events.

Ask your Federal Representative and Senators to co-sponsor and support S. 1947/H.R. 2492 to crack down on animal fighting spectators.

Contact:

Contact your U.S. Senators
http://www.senate.gov/

Contact your U.S. Representative
http://www.house.gov/

TALKING POINTS

Spectators are not innocent bystanders — they are willing participants and accomplices in the horribly cruel activity of dogfighting and cockfighting. Spectator admission fees and high-stakes gambling dollars finance this criminal industry and make it profitable. Animal fighters also use the spectator loophole to avoid prosecution — at the first sign of a raid, they will abandon their animals and try to blend into the crowd. Federal law enforcement should have the tools needed to go after those who are financing the torture of animals. Thank you for your consideration, and I look forward to hearing back on your co-sponsorship of this important bill.