Posted by: kinshipcircle | March 26, 2010

UPDATE: Missouri lawmakers don’t care what you think about H.B. 1747, a bill that could reinstate U.S. horse slaughter for human consumption.

3/25/10: KINSHIP CIRCLE

MISSOURI HOUSE REPS ARE FORWARDING YOUR LETTERS BACK TO KINSHIP CIRCLE, UNREAD. We are receiving roughly 700-800 of your unread letters per day, and struggling to keep our system from freezing.

SINCE 3/21/10, SOME MISSOURI HOUSE REPS HAVE ALSO:
—  Left indecent voicemails on Kinship Circle’s line. One sang a vulgar version of “A Horse Is A Horse.” (CALLER ID: Missouri State, 573-522-0000)

—  Called our line late at night. At 10:00pm, one unidentified legislator chanted Kinship Circle president Brenda Shoss’ name in a creepy voice, then neighed. (CALLER ID: Missouri State, 573-522-0000)

—  Called and reached us — to cuss, yell and slam down the phone.

—  Called our business line to leave messages that begin “Hey Brenda…” in a menacing voice. Never: “Ms. Shoss” or “Kinship Circle.”

—  Called to say they are so inconvenienced by your “fricking emails,” they’ll vote YES on H.B. 1747. And: “The entire Missouri House is against your organization.” Revenge is the basis for enacting a law in Missouri?

THEIR DEFENSE? WE ONLY WANT TO HEAR FROM MISSOURI CONSTITUENTS
We all know this is not a Missouri issue. No equine plants have legally operated in the U.S. since those in Texas and Illinois were shut down in 2007. Killing U.S. horses affects all concerned citizens. But Missouri’s elected officials prefer to make teenage-style phonies to a 501c3 nonprofit.

Thanks to their immature harassment, the issue has broadened to one about free speech, legislator conduct, and horses. If you care about all three, write or call Missouri’s governor to report these abuses:

Office of Governor Jay Nixon
P.O. Box 720
Jefferson City, MO 65102
* 573-751-3222 (calling is best way to be heard)
http://governor.mo.gov/contact/

THIS UPDATE IS IN REFERENCE TO ALERT:
3/12/10: Show Me Missouri – Show Me Horse Slaughter?
http://www.kinshipcircle.org/letter_library/letter_new2.asp?LetterID=1894&seriesfirst=true

CHILE UPDATE: Thousands await refuge from injury, hunger, thirst, fear.
Kinship Circle’s team arrives 3/30/10 to work in hard hit coast towns.

WE NEED TO RAISE AT LEAST $500,00 TO:
—  Finance our initial five-person team, in Chile to assess the emergency for animals. This deployment will help form our extended plan for the rescue/recovery of earthquake affected animals.

—  Fund Kinship Circle teams over 3 to 6 months — including veterinarians, vet techs, first responders, and a Chile project manager — to conduct:
*   Search and Rescue / Trapping
*   In-Field First Aid / Wound Transport
*   In-Field Sustenance (food/water program)
*   Assessment and Tracking of Animal Populations
*   1-Year Clinic/Shelter (for homeless and temporarily surrendered animals)
*   Extended Care (vaccines, spay/neuter, and adoption programs)

*  DONATE TO CHILE RELIEF FUND NOW:
http://www.kinshipcircle.org/donation

*   DONATE BY CHECK OR MONEY ORDER:
Kinship Circle / 7380 Kingsbury Blvd. / St. Louis, MO 63130

KINSHIP CIRCLE IS AUTHORIZED BY CHILI’S GOVERNMENT. DONATIONS HELP FUND:
1)  A temporary shelter/clinic to care for animals left homeless by the earthquake as well as provide extended care for those animals without caretakers or who require more medical aid.

2)  A spay/neuter campaign with the goal to sterilize 5,000 to 6,000 animals. With enough funding, a spay/neuter program can change both the post-quake and long-term landscape for Chile’s animals.

3)  Transport and adoption campaigns, particularly in the U.S. In addition to a large pre-quake stray population, thousands more animals are left homeless by overwhelmed quake survivors.

ACTION CAMPAIGNS * EDUCATION * ANIMAL DISASTER AID NETWORK
http://www.KinshipCircle.org * http://www.kinshipcircle.org/disasters

Kinship Circle Animal Disaster Aid is a nonprofit that mobilizes volunteers and resources for animal victims through its network of trained responders in the U.S. and Canada. http://www.kinshipcircle.org/disasters

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Responses

  1. Read the story in the Post-D today and wanted to congratulate you for your work. I ran a district office for the Majority Leader of the Illinois House for over 12 years. One of our biggest complaints was that our constituents never complained about a bill until after it was passed. They never took the time to write or call to share their thoughts. I would think the Missouri House would sit up and take notice with the kind of campaign you have waged against this bill. Instead they are acting like a bunch of children because they actually had to do something that wasn’t prompted by a lobbyist or a lobbyist check. these were real people enraged by what the House was proposing. I think this is called Democracy at work. Keep up this good fight. Don’t back down to them. You are on the right side of this issue.

  2. Horse meat is a DEMAND-driven market. When we run out of unwanted horses, it becomes profitable to breed more. This won’t solve the problem. We need to hold breeders and horse owner’s accountable.

    How can I help?


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