Ask Joyce: How Can I Help Stop Horse Slaughter?Posted by Joyce Tischler, ALDF's Founder and General Counsel on September 25th, 2009
ALDF's "Ask Joyce" column appears in each issue of The Animals' Advocate, ALDF's quarterly publication.
I can’t believe that tens of thousands of horses are slaughtered in the U.S. for human consumption! I feel so helpless. Is there something I can do to stop this outrage?
Dear ALDF member,
The single most powerful thing you can do is find your own voice, raise it and speak for those who cannot speak for themselves. It starts with passion, which is exactly what your question tells me you have in spades. So, let’s break the rest down into manageable steps. The first step is to get information about the problem and possible solutions. Two bills were recently introduced in Congress—H.R. 503 will end the slaughter of horses for human consumption and H.R. 305 will ban the use of double-decker trucks to transport horses. You can learn more and urge your legislator to vote "yes" on these bills here.
Far too many people contact us and tell us that they can’t make a difference—that only ALDF can take effective action. At ALDF, we are doing everything we can to protect animals, but an enormous resource lies within each of the ALDF supporters reading this right now. Politicians will be most responsive when they hear from their constituents directly. And, the animals need each of us to take that next step: speak up, speak out and speak often.
Now that you have spoken up for the horses, are you willing to do the same thing for other animals? Everything you need is on our website. There is a page titled “Working with Legislators” that explains how to effectively contact and influence your elected representatives. Not sure who your representatives are? Check out our page “Find Your Elected Officials.” Go to that page and click on “Project Vote Smart.” You will be amazed to find all the information you need about who your elected representatives are and how they vote. And, with one more click, you can send your elected representative an email, expressing your opinion about bills that can protect or harm the animals you care deeply about. Plus, ask your legislators to tell you how they plan to vote on those bills.
Don’t have a computer? Oh; I’ve heard that one before. Your local library has several, and they will help you get to our website.
So, please: it has never been easier to make your voice heard and the animals have never needed you more than they do right now. Democracy won’t work to protect animals unless each of us gets actively involved. To paraphrase an ancient quote: If not me, then who? If not now, then when?
For the animals,