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Please try to write your own or personalize the sample letters below. If that isn't possible send the letters as is, as long as you send something to encourage your Reps to support this bill. As usual, please be respectful and polite. Thanks!

Rita

From: info@kinshipcircle.org
June 07, 2004
Subject: LETTER/Felony Penalties For Animal Fighters



SAMPLE LETTER FROM KINSHIP CIRCLE
6/7/04--Felony Penalties For Animal Fighters
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2 letters

SOURCE OF INFORMATION:
HUMANElines---Issue 299--- June 3, 2004
humanelines@hsus.org
http://www.humanelines.org/  

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U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Ann Veneman has added the Bush Administration's voice in support of S. 736 and H.R. 1532, the federal Animal Fighting Prohibition Enforcement Act. The legislation was introduced last year as a follow up to the 2002 Farm Bill amendment, which closed loopholes in the Animal Welfare Act (AWA)'s ban on interstate and foreign commerce in fighting animals. S. 736 and H.R. 1532 seek to strengthen the ban by establishing felony-level penalties for those who violate it.

In her May 24 letter to Senator Robert Bennett, in which she supported the Animal Fighting Prohibition Enforcement Act, Veneman wrote, "In addition to strengthening the AWA's enforcement provisions relating to prosecution of those charged with the inhumane practice of animal fighting, the bill would also enhance USDA's ability to safeguard the health of U.S. poultry against deadly diseases, such as Exotic Newcastle Disease and avian influenza."

In endorsing S. 736 and H.R. 1532, the Bush Administration joins a long list of supporters to date: 158 local police and sheriffs departments, 55 animal control and humane groups, the American Veterinary Medical Association, and the National Chicken Council.

WHAT YOU CAN DO: Contact your two U.S. senators and your U.S. representative and urge them to support S. 736/H.R. 1532. If they aren't yet cosponsors of the bill, please urge them to become one (the Senate bill has 51 cosponsors currently, and the House bill has 197). And urge each of your three federal legislators to do all they can to get this legislation enacted before the end of the year!

To identify and contact your federal legislators:
http://www.Congress.org
http://www.house.gov
http://www.senate.gov
Congressional Switchboard: 202-224-3121

========SAMPLE LETTER #1========

The Honorable Senator _________________________________
The U.S. Senate
U.S. Capitol Building
Washington, D.C. 20510

Dear Senator _________________________________________,

Are you among the 51 Senate cosponsors of S. 736, the federal Animal Fighting Prohibition Enforcement Act? If not, I strongly encourage you to cosponsor this addendum to the 2002 Farm Bill amendment that closes loopholes in the Animal Welfare Act's ban on interstate and foreign commerce in fighting animals.

S. 736 fortifies the current ban by assigning felony-status penalties to violators. U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Ann Veneman recently voiced the Bush Administration's endorsement of S. 736 in a letter dated May 24, 2004, "In addition to strengthening the AWA's enforcement provisions relating to prosecution of those charged with the inhumane practice of animal fighting, the bill would also enhance USDA's ability to safeguard the health of U.S. poultry against deadly diseases, such as Exotic Newcastle Disease and avian influenza."

Exotic Newcastle Disease (END) is a highly transmutable avian disease spread through the interstate transport of fighting birds. END is responsible for the extermination of millions of chickens--and millions of federal dollars for containment.

Moreover, the majority of U.S. citizens oppose these violent bloodsports. Cockfighters stage "battles" between birds drugged with stimulants and armed with razor-sharp gaffs. Spectators, including children, watch as gamecocks gouge out eyes, lance lungs, and slice through wings. Cockfighting rings are linked to drug trafficking, gambling and firearms sales.

When authorities raid dogfighting camps, they find bloody treadmills and restraining tables. Fight-scarred dogs are caged or tethered to poles. Those who function as "bait" to toughen the fighters are covered in bite marks and infected sores. Dogfighters sometimes steal companion animals to augment their stock of bait dogs. Grievously wounded or spent fight dogs are commonly discarded and left to die or endanger public safety.

Please do everything possible to help pass the Animal Fighting Prohibition Enforcement Act by year's end. The long list of S. 736/H.R. 1532 advocates includes: 158 local police and sheriffs' departments, 55 animal control and humane groups, the American Veterinary Medical Association, and the National Chicken Council. Please let me know if you intend to cosponsor this vital legislation.

Thank you,

=========SAMPLE LETTER #2=========

The Honorable Representative _____________________________
U.S. House of Representatives
Washington, D.C. 20510

Dear Representative ___________________________________,

Are you among the 197 House cosponsors of H.R. 1532, the federal Animal Fighting Prohibition Enforcement Act? If not, I strongly encourage you to cosponsor this addendum to the 2002 Farm Bill amendment that closes loopholes in the Animal Welfare Act's ban on interstate and foreign commerce in fighting animals.

H.R. 1532 fortifies the current ban by assigning felony-status penalties to violators. U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Ann Veneman recently voiced the Bush Administration's endorsement of H.R. 1532 in a letter dated May 24, 2004, "In addition to strengthening the AWA's enforcement provisions relating to prosecution of those charged with the inhumane practice of animal fighting, the bill would also enhance USDA's ability to safeguard the health of U.S. poultry against deadly diseases, such as Exotic Newcastle Disease and avian influenza."

Exotic Newcastle Disease (END) is a highly transmutable avian disease spread through the interstate transport of fighting birds. END is responsible for the extermination of millions of chickens--and millions of federal dollars for containment.

Moreover, the majority of U.S. citizens oppose these violent bloodsports. Cockfighters stage "battles" between birds drugged with stimulants and armed with razor-sharp gaffs. Spectators, including children, watch as gamecocks gouge out eyes, lance lungs, and slice through wings. Cockfighting rings are linked to drug trafficking, gambling and firearms sales.

When authorities raid dogfighting camps, they find bloody treadmills and restraining tables. Fight-scarred dogs are caged or tethered to poles. Those who function as "bait" to toughen the fighters are covered in bite marks and infected sores. Dogfighters sometimes steal companion animals to augment their stock of bait dogs. Grievously wounded or spent fight dogs are commonly discarded and left to die or endanger public safety.

Please do everything possible to help pass the Animal Fighting Prohibition Enforcement Act by year's end. The long list of S. 736/H.R. 1532 advocates includes: 158 local police and sheriffs' departments, 55 animal control and humane groups, the American Veterinary Medical Association, and the National Chicken Council. Please let me know if you intend to cosponsor this vital legislation.

Thank you,

 

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