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22 January 2007 - Vol. # 14

Lobbying NYC City Council *** Congress *** AETA *** Horse Slaughter Bill

on a bill to ban horse-drawn carriages

The Coalition to Ban Horse-Drawn Carriages has begun lobbying the City Council to ask for support on a bill to ban horse-drawn carriages in NYC. We have had an excellent response so far.

We are looking for people who are interested in joining us in meetings with their Council Members. The meetings are generally late in the day - 4-5:00 PM - since most of us work at other jobs. If you are interested, please contact us at the e-mail address below. Let us know your council member - or if you do not not know - please provide your street address and zip code and we will find out. We will get back to you.

Your presence as a constituent is most important in these meetings - so please do not be concerned with how well you know the issue. A few of us who are very familiar with the issue will lead the meeting. This will be a very interesting and educational experience.

contact your Representatives in Congress is planning to sit down with members of Congress in the next few weeks to ask that they take bold leadership on a variety of issues including the Iraq war, health care and the energy crisis. Preserving our democracy is also a crucial issue that needs attention. This is an excellent way to get our message out about the Animal Enterprise Terrorism Act (AETA) by going through - in addition to contacting your representative directly. This is an opportunity to educate members of Moveon about the slippery slope posed by the passage of AETA.

Please contact and add your name to a petition asking congress to pass the "100 hours agenda". Ask them to repeal the law outright or nullify the unconstitutional provisions. The Animal Enterprise Terrorism Act is excessively broad and vague and brands animal activists as "terrorists." It will have a chilling effect on activism by endangering free speech and assembly since activists will not be clear on what is accepted forms of protest.

contact your Representative and Senators

NO AETARecently, I joined a few colleagues in DC to lobby our representatives in Congress about the Animal Enterprise Terrorism Act, which is now law. We visited the offices of Congressman Rangel, Weiner, Nadler, Maloney, Kucinich and Conyers, and Senators Schumer and Clinton. Many of the legislative aides with whom we met were very knowledgeable about our position and agreed with us. We asked them to revisit this act and either repeal it or amend it. Please continue to check the web site of the Equal Justice Alliance for updates.

Please contact your representatives in Congress. Use the arguments on the web site of the Equal Justice Alliance. Keep this issue alive by contacting your representatives periodically and asking them for updates.

excellent news - but please take action

horse noseTwo Texas slaughterhouses responsible for half the 100,000 horses killed in the U.S. annually for overseas consumption may face criminal charges if they don't shut down, the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals decided. This is excellent news since two of the three horse slaughter houses in the US are in Texas and if they are shut down, only the Belgian owned Cavel International in DeKalb, Illinois will remain.

Last week, U.S. Reps. Janice Schakowsky (D-IL), Ed Whitfield (R-KY), John Spratt (D-SC), and Nick Rahall (D-WV), and U.S. Senators Mary Landrieu (D-LA) and John Ensign (R-NV) introduced H.R. 503/S. 311, the American Horse Slaughter Prevention Act. This legislation would ban horse slaughter in the U.S. and stop the export of horses for slaughter across our borders. Please contact your two Senators and congressman and ask them to support this bill.

Thank you for caring about the horses, Elizabeth Forel - Coalition for NYC Animals, Inc. for the Coalition to Ban Horse-Drawn Carriages