04/17/13  |  Please oppose AB 343 today – just two minutes can make all the difference! CA

 

This is an assault on our 1st amendment rights.  We need to get the word out, can you help us (and the animals who cannot speak out for themselves)?

Please call – write – share – fight.

Please take a few minutes to call or write the Chair and your representative.   The link to the information is below.  Please, these animals cannot speak out for themselves.  We must be their voice to protect them.  It will only take a few minutes and every single call and letter can make that difference.  You might be the tipping point for some of these representatives.  All you need to do is say you oppose 343 and ask them to vote against it.  You don’t need to have a conversation.  Honestly they don’t want to take that time anyway, but they do take a tally of who is for and who is against.

tnhsuscow

 

April 7, 2013

SCIL would like your help in voicing opposition for AB 343, authored by Assemblyman Jim Patterson, a Republican from Fresno. The bill is being pushed by the California Cattlemen’s Association.

AB 343 is an “Ag-Gag” bill which is simply meant to intimidate whistle blowers to animal cruelty, and meant to lessen or stop the process of exposing animal cruelty completely. This bill should be killed in the first hearing, to send a signal to the Cattlemen’s Association and to others who would attempt to introduce this type of bill.

Exposing animal cruelty, and standing up for voiceless animals who are abused on factory farms and in food production, is a right, not a privilege… and when sick animals enter the food supply, it is a public safety issue as well. This awful bill and others like it attempt to turn the good guy into the bad guy.

Below are links to recent editorials from the Los Angeles Times and Sacramento Bee and an opinion piece from the San Diego Tribune. All three articles are well written and all are against this terrible bill:

http://www.latimes.com/news/opinion/editorials/la-ed-animal-cruelty-ab343-20130327,0,3476730.story

http://www.sacbee.com/2013/03/24/5285821/editorial-cattlemens-misguided.html

http://www.utsandiego.com/news/2013/apr/03/bill-gag-whistle-blowers-cattle

We agree with these articles wholeheartedly, and we need to bury this bill in the first committee. The Assembly Agriculture Committee is scheduled to hear the bill on April 17 at 1:30 p.m. – State Capitol, Room 126.

If you are an organization please use your letterhead and please get your letter in no later than Friday April 12thso that your group will be listed on the bill’s analysis for the hearing.

WHAT YOU CAN DO
Please send your opposition letter to: Assembly Member Susan Talamantes Eggman
Chair of the Agriculture Committee
Fax (916) 319-2184
Phone (916) 319-2084

The most important point to make is that you OPPOSE AB 343, authored by Assemblyman Jim Patterson.If you are an individual against this bill (not an organization) and would like to find out if your representative is on the Agriculture Committee, visit http://agri.assembly.ca.gov/membersstaff. Phone numbers for contacting the members of the committee are available on this same link.

SCIL is not currently sponsoring any statewide legislation, but we will keep you updated on any bills we may ask you to support or oppose. We are concentrating our efforts this year on local legislation regarding spay & neuter, microchipping, and puppy mills/pet shops.


My sincere thanks,

Judie

Judie Mancuso, President
Social Compassion in Legislation

A 501(c)(4) nonprofit animal welfare organization working on solutions to pet overpopulation through state and local policy changes and implementation, community outreach, education and private and public programs.

100% of your donation goes to legislative goals in California, including spay and neuter legislation and anti-puppy mill legislation. SCIL has no paid employees and is run completely by volunteers.

The difference for these animals could be you and your call to oppose 343!!

 

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