Defending the Freedom to Own Pets
The Future of Dogs in an Animal Rights America
by Walt Hutchens
Grooming Aprons and Towels embroidered with "Fight Anti-Pet Legislation. It Affects Us All"
Communicating with Legislators By Mail or Fax
Return to Fight Back.
- Use the proper form of address on the envelope and inside address. For senators and representatives: The Honorable [Full Name]
- Start your letter: Dear Senator [last name] or Dear Representative [last name]
- Make your letter legible. Handwritten letters are great, but if your handwriting isn't very easy to read, type the letter!
- It must contain your name, return address and telephone number – readable!
- Always be polite. Never, never preach, threaten, or scold!
- In the first sentence, state your position. "I oppose [bill number]" or "I am against..."
- Then introduce yourself: "I am a hobby breeder of Flat Island Zorchers in Bug Run."
- Be clear and concise. State exactly why the legislation concerns you.
- Focus on one or two issues at a time – don't try to cover everything in one letter.
- Use personal examples. Say how the legislation would affect you.
- Say exactly what you want – not, "Please consider this carefully," but "Please vote AGAINST this."
- Keep it short – no more than one page long.
- End by saying "Thank You" and "I look forward to your response."