An extraordinary bill to phase out horrifically cruel concentrated animal feeding operations (CAFOs) has been introduced to the U.S. Senate. There are approximately 15,500 CAFOs in the country that imprison billions of birds, pigs, and cows in harrowing conditions. We must work together to end this national disgrace!
CAFOs crowd animals into dirty warehouses or tiny cages where they have little room to move and are forced to live in their own waste. They quickly become ill and are pumped with drugs and antibiotics to survive and grow until their pre-destined slaughter. Senator Cory Booker's groundbreaking bill called the Farm System Reform Act, would stop existing CAFOs from expanding, prevent the construction of new ones, and phase them out by 2040.
The Farm System Reform Act will also provide financial assistance to farmers who are transitioning away from CAFOs, and establish that CAFOs' corporate owners are held legally responsible for the environmental destruction they cause. CAFOs produce enormous quantities of waste that pollutes neighboring communities' air and water. According to the John Hopkins Center for a Livable Future, these waste products can cause "respiratory disease, mental health problems, and... infections" in local communities that are unfortunate enough to host them.
Please join us in urging your two federal senators to sponsor this critical legislation!
Please contact your two U.S. senators and urge them to sponsor the Farm System Reform Act of 2019.
1) Call your two U.S. senators using the information that appears below.
If you do not see the identities and phone numbers of your two U.S. senators above, then please click on link below, enter your zip code and click the federal tab, then make two quick calls to their offices.
When the phone is answered, state your name, your town or city, and telephone number.
If you reside in any state except New Jersey, please urge your senators to cosponsor the Farm System Reform Act.
Here's an example of what you can say:
As the Senator's constituent, I respectfully urge him/her to cosponsor the Farm System Reform Act of 2019. This legislation will halt the expansion of existing concentrated animal feeding operations and prevent the construction of new ones. These operations cause immense animal suffering and are a public health risk to neighboring communities whose water and air they pollute. It is imperative that the government takes action to stop this cruelty and environmental degradation.
New Jersey residents may also use the above call script when contacting New Jersey Senator Bob Menendez, but please also call New Jersey Senator Cory Booker, and use below script or similar:
As a constituent of Senator Booker, I want to thank him for introducing the Farm System Reform Act of 2019 and express my support!
2) Send our letter to your two federal senators by filling out the form on this page.
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Please Cosponsor the Farm System Reform Act of 2019
Dear [Decision Maker],
Sincerely,[Your Name] [Your Address] [City, State ZIP]
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