Defending the Freedom to Own Pets
The Future of Dogs in an Animal Rights America
by Walt Hutchens
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Communicating with Legislators By Telephone
- Give your name and say, "I'm calling to oppose [bill number]."
- Note the name of whomever you talk to.
- State that you are a constituent if you are. If not, say why you are calling Senator XXXX. (Because he is a member of the Agriculture Committee, because he is sponsor or co-sponsor of the bill, or whatever).
- Be brief.
- Focus on one issue at a time. Concentrate on one or two important facts.
- State your message. Say exactly what you want the senator to do.
- Tell how the bill personally affects you. Give examples -- they're much more memorable than statistics.
- Don't get into party politics or philosphy. You are not going to change a legislator's basic beliefs. Just state the practical effects of the legislation.
- Offer to provide materials about the bill and how it will affect you. If they do ask to see them, staffers will analyze the materials.
- Regardless of how your call seems to be received, never lose your temper and never be sarcastic. Emotionalism is seen as very unprofessional.
- Always say "Thank you" and ask if you can get a written response to your call.
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