Get to Know Your Arizona Legislators!
If you don’t personally know your Arizona legislators, now is the perfect time to make contact with your two state representatives and senator. Contact information for legislators is here. The legislative session doesn’t start until January - so please call, send an email or letter. Before you make contact, check their member page to see if they have a bio posted. You may find out that they went to the same school, grew up in the same hometown, or have some other item in common with you that will help you make a connection.
When you contact them:
*Thank them for serving your district;
*Let them know you are a voter in their district and you care deeply about animal protection.
*Let them know you will be following-up with them during the session, and ask what the best way is to stay in touch (email, phone call, message to assistant or something else).
*Let them know that you will be happy to be a resource for them if they have questions. Then ADLA and other experts in the animal community can be a resource for you!
Contact Board member and Legislative Coordinator Karen Michael at email@example.com. if you have questions. You can also subscribe to ADLA News for updates on legislation and other issues. Please let us know if you’d be interested in a webinar on basic legislative training and an update on ADLA’s legislative work.
It’s very important that we all reach out to our representatives, and stay in touch throughout the legislative session. It’s clear that a majority of Arizonans care about animals based on the success of grassroots citizen ballot measures. In 1994 Arizona voters banned leghold traps, snares, and poisons on public lands, and cockfighting was outlawed in 1998. In 2006, voters overwhelmingly approved the Humane Treatment of Farm Animals Act, an initiative that banned the cruel confinement of pregnant pigs and calves raised for veal.
Despite these victories, for some reason there is a complete disconnect when it comes to the legislature. A majority of our lawmakers apparently do not believe that their constituents care about animals, or that animal issues are important. We need to change that by letting them hear from smart, engaged, polite constituents who are part of the community.