Monday, May 18, 2009

Say No To Horse Slaughter in Tennessee

We have made great strides at stopping horse slaughter in the United States, but we need your urgent help to make sure Tennessee does not roll back that progress and bring back cruelty to horses!

Unfortunately, even though the three existing plants in the United States have been shut down in Illinois and Texas, the foreign-owned horse slaughter industry is looking for another place to set up shop and they have set their sights on Tennessee. A bill (H.B. 1428/S.B. 1898) has been introduced to promote horse slaughter plants in Tennessee -- a wasteful investment since the federal government is on its way to banning horse slaughter nationwide.

This legislation has passed a committee and appears to be moving quickly. It is critical that your state legislators hear from constituents like you who oppose horse slaughter.

Please make a brief, polite phone call to your state representative, Susan Lynn, at (615) 741-7462, and your state senator, Mae Beavers, at (615) 741-2421 to urge opposition to H.B. 1428/S.B. 1898.

Calling your legislators is easy; you will likely speak to a staff member who will take your message and pass it along to your legislator. Remember to be polite and professional, and leave your name and address so it is clear that you are a constituent. You can say:

"Hello, my name is [your name] and I am calling from [your city] to urge [your legislator's name] to oppose H.B. 1428/S.B. 1898 to promote horse slaughter in Tennessee. This legislation will bring an inhumane industry, negative economic impacts and environmental hazards to Tennessee communities. Thank you."

After making your call, please send a follow-up email to reaffirm your opposition to this bill. Finally, please tell your friends and family in Tennessee to take action, too.

Horse Haven of Tennessee
P.O. Box 22841
Knoxville, Tennessee 37933

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