Be an Animal Advocate
Because of the advocacy of caring people like you, the horror of puppy mills has made waves in the news throughout the country and brought attention to this inhumane practice. You can take action right now to support animals by supporting Goldie’s Act. Here’s how:
- There are over 60 co-sponsors of Goldie’s Act. Click this link to see if your representative is one of them and thank them for supporting H.R. 6100. Sample language below.
- Don’t see your representative listed? Reach out and politely ask them to support Goldie’s Act by clicking here and navigating to “Give Feedback on This Bill.” If you don’t know your representative, look them up here.
Sample Language for Cosponsor Support:
Subject Line: Please Cosponsor Goldie’s Act
I am your constituent and politely request that you cosponsor Goldie’s Act (H.R.6100). This bill would help upgrade the Animal Welfare Act (AWA).
This bill was named after Goldie, a severely emaciated golden retriever that had to suffer and die in one of the USDA’s problematic facilities. The Iowa facility, owned by Daniel Gingerich of Maple Hill Puppies, had more than 190 violations in 2021 alone. It took the USDA nearly a year to seize the animals after failing to report horrific abuse and revoke Gingerich’s license. Goldie was one of Gingerich’s victims who was euthanized on-site due to her skeletal condition.
Congress desperately needs to update the AWA which has not been ratified since 1966. Unfortunately, under the parameters of the AWA, the USDA is not taking action to penalize noncompliance or protect dogs that are suffering. No violators lose their license, and no one pays a financial penalty–even when dogs are left to suffer and die in their facilities. Thank you for leading the charge on this critical issue and advocating for animals.
Sample Thank You Language:
Subject Line: Thank You for Cosponsoring Goldie’s Act, H.R.6100
Thank you for cosponsoring Goldie’s Act (H.R.6100), a bill to restore welfare to the Animal Welfare Act. This bill will prevent further animal suffering in puppy mills and hold the USDA accountable. Thank you for leading the charge on this critical issue and advocating for animals.