Examples of Action Letters

The following are examples of action letters. Each example covers a different type of animal issue from companion animals to wildlife. All letters should be dated, include your address, email address, and phone number. Make sure you sign your letter.

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Companion Animals
Farmed Animals
Animals in Entertainment
Animals in Research
Wildlife

Companion Animals

The Honorable _____
Secretary
Federal Government Agency
Street Address
City, State Zip Code

Dear Secretary ____,

I am writing to urge your department to enforce the provisions of the Animal Welfare Act as they apply to mass breeders of companion animal dogs and to penalize violators immediately.

I am adamantly opposed to the factory style production that goes on in puppy mills, which are nothing more than breeding grounds for disease and despair. Puppy mills can house anywhere from 50 to more than 1,000 dogs who live in cramped, dark, filthy conditions with little or no human contact. To keep costs to a minimum, the dogs receive no veterinary care and often little food and water. The puppies suffer from a variety of diseases due to unsanitary conditions and lack of proper nutrition.

For these reasons, I urge the department to enforce the provisions set forth in the Animal Welfare Act and to penalize violators immediately. The dogs of this country need your support.

Thank you for your time and attention to this matter. I look forward to the day when no companion animal is bred for economic gain.

Sincerely,

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_________, Owner
Pet store in your community
Street Address
City, State Zip Code

Dear Owner ______,

I strongly urge you to discontinue selling animals, birds, reptiles, and fish of any kind at your pet store. I oppose pet store animal sales because often the financial gain of pet sales comes at a great sacrifice to the animals being sold.

Every year, millions of sentient creatures are subjected to myriad forms of neglect and cruelty, from birth to purchase, and thereafter. Many animals travel great distances from breeding facilities to points of purchase often suffering and dying during transit. Of those animals that arrive live, many are purchased by people with little or no knowledge of how to care for these animals. Countless pets are fed incorrect diets, kept in inadequate habitats, and generally neglected until they are either surrendered to a shelter, released into the wild, die, or are euthanized.

For these reasons, I encourage you to help create a more humane world for all animals by discontinuing the sale of all animals, birds, reptiles, and fish in your store.

Sincerely,

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The Honorable ___________
State Government Building
Street Address
City, State Zip

Dear Representative ________,

I am writing to request you oppose [bill number], which seeks to ban pit bulls and requires euthanasia of all pit bulls and pit mixes currently residing in our state.

As a compassionate person advocating on behalf of animals and a pit bull owner, I think it is morally wrong to euthanize all pit bulls in [state] based on misinformation and assumptions. Please consider these national statistics, according to the Animal Law Coalition:

• There is not a single report of a fatal dog attack by a spayed or neutered pit bull.
• 90 percent of fatal dog attacks are by dogs who have not been spayed or neutered.
• 81 percent of dogs involved in bite incidents were not spayed or neutered.
• Chained dogs are 2.9 times more likely to bite than non-chained dogs.
• 82 percent of dog bites occur as a result of dogs who are running loose.

Based on these statistics, please consider these alternatives to euthanizing our state’s
pit bull population:

• Require that all pets be spayed and neutered.
• Enact and meaningfully enforce animal cruelty laws, including anti-chaining laws.
• Pass legislation requiring all dogs outside of a fenced yard be on-leash.

I do not support the euthanasia of animals as a viable or humane solution to resolving conflict with humans. Representative ___________, please oppose [bill number]. Further, I urge you to support allocating the funds that would be allotted for collecting and euthanizing our state’s pit bulls to instead create low-cost spay/neuter programs. Spay/neuter programs will both help reduce companion animal overpopulation and drastically lower the dog bite rates in [state].

In closing, I strongly urge you to oppose [bill number], which would prohibit pit bull ownership in [state]. Please help ensure the humane and fair treatment of these deserving dogs. Thank you very much for your time and consideration regarding this matter. I look forward to your response.

Sincerely,

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Farmed Animals

The Honorable ________
State Government Building
Street Address
City, State Zip

Dear Senator _______,

I am writing to urge your support of [bill number] to ban cruel factory farming practices in our state. As a citizen concerned about animal welfare and a conscientious consumer, I ask that you help improve the standards of care and treatment for millions of farmed animals in [state].

Specifically, [bill number] will ban veal crates, hen battery cages, and sow gestation crates. These various forms of farmed animal confinement contribute to unspeakable and unacceptable animal suffering. Some key considerations:

• Animals are prevented from moving about freely, be it turning around, standing up, stretching limbs and wings, and other physical movements.
• Animals are deprived of opportunities to participate in natural behaviors, such as foraging, nest building, and herd or flock socialization.
• Animals are subjected to squalid conditions, which include living in their own excrement; breathing toxic fumes; and enduring limited or no light, extreme noise levels, and overcrowding.
• Animals endure extreme measures of boredom, distress, and aggression due to all of the above and suffer greatly as a result.
• Animals endure outright cruel treatment by industry workers who may become insensitive to the suffering of sentient beings in such an environment.

Clearly, the industrialized practice of confining farmed animals in veal crates, battery cages, and gestation crates contributes to aggravated and avoidable animal suffering. I strongly urge your support of [bill number] to ban these practices in our state and move typical factory farming treatment of animals away from systematic cruelty and toward more humane practices.

Thank you very much for your time. I look forward to your support of [bill number].

Sincerely,

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_________, President
Name of Store
Street Address
City, State Zip Code

Dear President _________,

I urge you to discontinue selling foie gras at your stores. Foie gras, although thought of as a delicacy, is produced in a most inhumane manner. Ducks and geese have long metal pipes forced down their throats. Through these pipes, massive amounts of grain are fed to them so their livers swell to as much as 10 times their normal size. These force-feedings occur several times a day.

I urge those in the high-end food industry to recognize animal cruelty and to take leadership in removing from their product line foods made from some of the most cruelly treated farmed animals. In addition, I recommend adding additional vegetarian offerings to the selection of food products at store, thereby offering your clientele options when it comes to purchasing high-end delicacies.

Again, I urge you to remove foie gras from your department store shelves. I look forward to your support of standing against cruelly produced foods and offering shoppers more humane options.

Sincerely,

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Letter to the Editor

Do you care about animals, planet Earth, and yourself and your fellow humans? Then, embrace a vegan lifestyle—one where reverence and respect for all sentient beings and planet Earth takes precedence over personal tastes. A vegan lifestyle involves avoiding animal-based foods, clothing, personal care products, etc., to the extent one can in our society. It celebrates life rather than takes life to live. A meat-based diet perpetuates violence on sentient creatures through the horrors of factory farming and the slaughter process. Also, factory farms assault planet Earth as they are often cited for contaminating water sources in communities where they exist. And, we now know statistically what many have long suspected, a meat-based died perpetuates violence on ourselves as well. Many of our disabling diseases—heart attack, stroke, and cancer—are lifestyle based and a meat-based diet has been singled out as one of their great causes. Animals as well as humans are subjects of a life and should be so treated. If you love animals called cats and dogs, why do you eat animals called cows and chickens? Respect all sentient life, reduce pollutants, heal yourself, cut back or cut out animal-based products in your life.

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Animals in Entertainment

The Honorable ___________
Governor
Address
City, State Zip Code

Dear Governor __________,

I am writing to urge you to sign into law legislation that would ban greyhound racing in our state.

Greyhound racing causes much suffering for these magnificent creatures. Dogs
• suffer serious injuries during training and racing, which are rarely treated
• are often sold to laboratories or simply shot in the head when they are no longer able to race
• are continuously confined in cages barely large enough for them to move around in while on the racing circuit
• are given minimal veterinary treatment and suffer from poor nutrition
• are given performance-enhancing drugs
• race in extreme temperatures in both summer and winter

In addition, live animals, usually rabbits, are used in greyhound training.

Therefore, I urge you to sign into law legislation outlawing greyhound racing in our state. By ending greyhound racing, your actions will go far in fostering a public understanding of and respect for the humane treatment of animals.

Thank you for your time and consideration regarding the vital issue of ending the cruel practice of greyhound racing.

Sincerely,

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____________, Chief Executive Officer
Corporate Headquarters
Address
City, State Zip Code

Dear ___________,

I think it’s terrible to use wild animals in television commercials; therefore, I urge your corporation to stop using them immediately.

Wild and exotic animals, such as chimpanzees, lions, tigers, etc., can be unpredictable. Even people who have spent years training wild animals have experienced inordinate pain and suffering.

But beyond the issue for potential human injury is, of course, my concern for the wild and exotic animals forced to participate in the entertainment industry. Just a few considerations include:
• Whether stolen from the wild or captive bred, these animals are deprived of the natural habitat, food supply, and companionship necessary to fulfill their instincts.
• Often, these animals are shipped around the country/world, which induces stress that causes much suffering and sometimes death.
• Many animals are discarded once they become too old or dangerous to perform, are left to languish in cages, or are sent to roadside zoos when they are no longer considered economically viable.

Ultimately, many “trained” wild animals are, in reality, subservient and apathetic creatures. It is in depriving these sentient animals of their homes and natural lives and in forcing them to participate in unnatural behaviors that cause them to sometimes, and tragically, respond in unpredictable and lethal ways.

Therefore, I urge you to reject using wild and exotic animals in your commercials. Instead, please feature only animal-free acts in your commercials.

Thank you for your time and attention to this issue.

Sincerely,

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__________, Event Manager
Arena Name
Street address
City, State Zip Code

Dear_____________,

Please do not book entertainment acts that promote brutality toward animals. I am referring to recent advertisements promoting a rodeo at your arena.

Most rodeo events are largely considered violent and inhumane. For example, in bull riding, to achieve the spectacle of an angry bull, the animals are often shocked repeatedly before they are released into the ring with as much as 5,000 volts of electricity through a device known as a hot-shot. In addition, bulls often wear a bucking strap tightened around their groin, which causes them great pain and which enhances their bucking behavior. Bull riding is not a tradition of the cowboy life—it is not part of our folklore as bulls were never ridden on ranches. The purpose of bull riding events is to earn money for the humans while the animals suffer.

Instead of booking events that promote animal cruelty, book humane entertainment acts; seek out spectacular shows where audiences can be mesmerized by the beauty and grace of their own species performing daring feats instead of watching the torment of innocent animals, such as the bulls who suffer in bull riding demonstrations.

I look forward to the day when animals are no longer made to be entertainment spectacles. Until that time, I will not attend animal-related events at your arena.

Sincerely,

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Animals in Research

The Honorable _________
State Capitol
Street Address
City, State Zip Code

Dear Legislator _______,

Students should be given a choice not to be involved in animal dissection in public schools. Therefore, I urge you to support [bill number], which would allow students this choice.

While no one will deny that science classes are important for our students, do we have to force students to kill animals so they can learn? When the need to teach compassion is so great, we may inadvertently being teaching them that destruction of a living being is acceptable if we force a student to dissect an animal against his or her wishes.

According to the National Anti-Vivisection Society (NAVS), an estimated 6 million animals are dissected in school science classes yearly. Include all the animals used in experiments at science fairs, in after-school science clubs, and in 4-H projects, among other animal-related science projects, and the number continues upward. Frogs are often thought of as the animal of choice for classroom dissection, but they are not the only ones: cats, mice, rats, fetal pigs, birds, bats, fish, reptiles, and others also find themselves the victims of classroom dissection.

The use of animals in the classroom dates back to the 1920s. Since then, we have changed the way we teach many subjects; isn’t it about time we change the way we teach about, and treat, animals? Nonanimal-related teaching tools include:
• Anatomical models that can be taken apart so that each organ is easily seen and handled
• Interactive Videodisks (IVDs) that allow students to conduct dissections on a computer
• Internet sites that offer virtual dissection programs
• Simulators

In some states, student choice laws have been enacted; and some countries, including Argentina, Italy, India, and Israel, have either banned classroom dissection or at least have permitted students to choose not to be involved in animal dissection. In addition, several veterinary schools and university science programs, in fact, do not require dissection as alternatives are far less costly to the institution and do no harm to animals.

For these reasons, I urge you to support [bill number] and bring it to the floor for a favorable vote this legislation session. Thank you for your public service in this matter and for your consideration. I look forward to the day when all animals will be treated with respect.

Sincerely,

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______________, Administrator
Research Facility
Street Address
City, State Zip Code

Dear Administrator __________,

I am upset about your plans to use live animals to test the effects of cigarette smoking on humans. We have enough evidence to prove that it is harmful to humans, why subject animals to this type of testing?

Advances in medical research now show that animal testing, in general, is unnecessary and has, in some cases, proved misleading when extrapolating data to human beings. Such advances include the use of human cell cultures, human living tissues, computer-based models, and human volunteer studies. We do not need to perpetuate animal testing and the harm that it does to living, breathing, sentient beings who cannot consent to such testing.

According to Dr. John Pippin, Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine, “It’s especially inhumane and especially indefensible [to use live animals] when there are alternatives in hand which not only would spare the animals the trauma of going through this but also would provide a better educational experience.”

For these reasons, I urge you to stop testing the effects of smoking on animals.

Thank you for your time and attention to this matter. I am hopeful that the day will come when animals are no longer used as test subjects as this is an inappropriate and inhumane practice.

Sincerely,

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Wildlife

______________, Director
Federal Government Agency
Street Address
City, State Zip Code

Dear Director _____________,

I am concerned about the plan to relocate desert tortoises. Before any such relocation is undertaken, please implement a full environmental review as required by a comprehensive Environmental Impact Statement. This review should include the results of past relocations, including the number of tortoises moved and the number who died or were harmed. The review should also detail the manner in which tortoises will be protected in future moves, including identifying appropriate environmental conditions, e.g., ample food supply and the ability of the site to handle the number of tortoises relocated.

Thank you for your attention to this matter.

Sincerely,

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_____________, Director
Federal Government Agency
Street Address
City, State Zip Code

Dear Director _______________,

I am concerned about the spread of the devastating disease known as white-nose syndrome, a disease that has killed more than a million bats in the Eastern United Sates during the last four winters and urge your agency to close all bat caves and mines on federal lands in the contiguous 48 states to help curtail the spread of it.

Closing the caves will give scientists time to determine how the white-nose syndrome disease is being spread and if humans play a role in transmitting it. Therefore, I urge your agency to keep these caves closed until all data are analyzed and steps have been taken to protect bats and their habitat.

Thank you for your time and attention to this matter and for protecting the animals and the environment by closing these caves.

Sincerely,

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_____________, Director
State Government Agency
Street Address
City, State Zip Code

Dear Director ___________,

I want to see turtles protected in this state and urge you to place a ban on harvesting these wild creatures who are being sold into the pet trade industry and for domestic and international food markets.

Along with the fact that these creatures belong in the wild, they are not safe for human consumption as they are often contaminated with mercury, PCBs, and pesticides.

Thank you for your attention to this matter. Wild turtles belong in the wild and not in a home terrarium or on someone’s dinner plate.

Sincerely,

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