Target: Massachusetts House Speaker Robert DeLeo
Goal: Prevent the creation of a biased livestock board that will place corporate interests over animal welfare
Massachusetts legislators have proposed the creation of a politically unaccountable livestock board that would intentionally take the place of concerned representatives from animal welfare organizations. The health, safety and well-being of farm animals would be jeopardized if the board proposal is approved.
The proposed state board, called the Livestock Care and Standards Board, would have the ability to veto farm animal welfare regulations by the state, giving them an unbalanced amount of power over state legislators. Further, while state legislators are held politically accountable for their actions, board members would have no accountability to the public under the proposed terms.
In addition to draining the state’s resources, the creation of the board is an attempt to “intentionally cut many animal welfare organizations out of the process of creating animal welfare regulations,” according to the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals. Animal welfare organizations seek to promote the well-being of animals as their top priority, and without their voice, private interests are likely to be put first over the welfare of animals.
Urge state representatives to uphold their obligation to democracy and government transparency by opposing the creation of the Livestock Care and Standards Board.
Dear Mr. DeLeo,
I am writing to ask you to oppose the creation of the Livestock Care and Standards Board in your state. I believe that the board would threaten the health, safety and well-being of farm animals and give board members an unbalanced amount of power.
If the board proposal is approved, board members would have the power to veto state-mandated farm animal welfare regulations, placing them above politically accountable state legislators. They would also have no accountability to the public and would drain the state’s resources. Most importantly, the board would essentially shut out animal welfare organizations during the process of creating animal welfare regulations. This would provide ample opportunity for private interests to be prioritized over the welfare of the animals.
It is the responsibility of state legislators to uphold their obligation to democracy and the transparency of such boards, as well as to animal welfare. I urge you to ensure the Livestock Care and Standards Board is not created by opposing H. 753.
[Your Name Here]
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