Delaware Votes for Animals
RESOURCES

How to become a citizen lobbyist

  Your voice is the most powerful tool you have to help animals.  Here are some simple things you can do to make a difference:

Talking to your elected official
When talking to your elected officials, it's important to communicate respectfully and positively.
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  • Write a letter to the editor of a local newspaper

  • Call or write your elected officials to express your support or concerns about proposed legislation.   Please click here to see sample scripts and letters

    • When you contact your elected official, follow these simple tips:

      • Know your facts – Make sure any facts you share are accurate and that you understand the issue you are speaking about

      • Customize your message – Concisely share a personal story or how the issue affects you or the community you live in

      • Stay positive and polite – Communicate respectfully and positively.  Don’t threaten or use offensive language or tone.  Your representatives work hard to represent all of their constituents and deserve our respect.

      • Don’t miss an opportunity – Your elected officials are very busy and, therefore, you may not always be able to speak to them directly but instead may speak to an aide or assistant.  These aids/assistants are a vital part of your legislator’s staff and can be relied upon to make sure your message is heard.

    • Sample phone script:  Calls to your elected officials can be really quick and easy. They should be brief and polite. For example, on any particular bill, you can simply call your legislator's office and say: 

      • "Hello, I'm....(your name). I'm a constituent of Senator (his/her name) or Representative (her/his name) and I'm calling to express my support for (or opposition to) Bill (bill number). That's the bill that proposes (subject of the bill, such as "limiting the chaining of dogs.") I think this is a really good bill - it would help the dogs and help keep our community safer. Please urge Senator X (or Representative X) to support (HB or S Bill number). Thank you."
  • Visit your lawmakers office.  If possible, schedule an appointment to meet with your legislator, or someone on his/her staff. Briefly and politely identify yourself and your concern on a particular issue or bill. 
 
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Helpful links and resources
Humane Society of the United States logo


Visit The Humane Society of the United States Issues page for helpful and informative Fact sheets on any of these issues.

The Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) is the nation's largest animal protection organization, with 11 million members. HSUS is on the forefront nationwide working to pass strong laws to protect animals. Visit The Humane Society of the United States web site for more information.

For very useful information, including Citizen Lobbyist Center, Humane Scorecard, and Voter Guide, go to the Humane Society Legislative Fund, the lobbying affiliate of The Humane Society of the United States. 

   
Animal Law Coalition

For comprehensive information on any of these issues, and for breaking news about laws affecting animals, go to Animal Law Coalition.

Animal Law Coalition is one of the nation's foremost authorities on legal matters pertaining to animals. the ALC web site features not only facts on the issues, but the latest news on animal-friendly legislation in other states.

   
ANIMAL WELFARE ORGANIZATIONS IN DELAWARE
Delaware Action For Animals
Delaware Council of Wildlife Rehabilitators and Educators
Delaware Humane Association
Delaware SPCA
Faithful Friends Animal Society
Forgotten Cats
Marine Education, Research and Rehabilitation Institute, Inc.
Tri-State Bird Rescue and Research

ADDITIONAL LINKS
Alley Cat Allies
ASPCA (American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals)
Animal Law Coalition
Animal Legal Defense Fund
Chenoa Manor
Dogs Deserve Better - No Chained Dogs!
Farm Sanctuary
Humane Society Legislative Fund
Humane Society of the United States
Mercy for Animals
Unchain Your Dog
Get Laws: How You Can Improve Laws, from UnchainYourDog.org
National Institute for Animal Advocacy: "Get Political for Animals and Win the Laws They Need"
Maryland Residents: Maryland Votes for Animals
Pennsylvania Residents: Humane USA PA PAC ; Pennsylvania Coalition to End Tethering
 
ADDITIONAL RESOURCES
Government By the People: How to Communicate With Congress by Stephanie D. Vance
This guide is laid out in an easy to read format and it is well written. It touches on many of the common mistakes made when contacting Congress and instructs the reader on the most effective approach for getting across his or her message.- Amazon Review
How a Bill Becomes a Law
How You Can Improve Laws
Dogs Deserve Better. No chains! Get involved
 
   

 
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