Missouri Alliance for Animal Legislation
Call / Email Your Legislator
The Missouri Alliance is the only organization in the state of Missouri working full time to lobby in the state capitol on behalf of the animals. But it's not a solo endeavor - it takes all of us together to make a positive impact. There are several ways for you to contact your member of state Legislature to express your position on an issue and serve as a voice for the animals. You can learn more below:
Write a Letter to the Editor
Letters to the editor are a powerful tool in the advocacy kit. Letters create awareness of an issue, shine a spotlight on it, and begin or maintain momentum on an issue. Often times, such letters lead to journalistic investigations which in turn, gain widespread attention. Legislators (and/or their staff) closely monitor letters-to-the-editor in order to learn what voters are thinking. Here are some tips for writing a Letter-to-the-Editor:
You can learn more about how to write a Letter to the Editor, below:
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Report Animal Abuse/Neglect/Animals in Distress
The Humane Society of Missouri's Animal Cruelty Task Force is available 24/07 to respond to animals at risk from abuse or natural disasters - and they are in all 114 Missouri counties and the city of St. Louis.
Share on Social Media
Most of us are engaged in Social Media on some level or another. It has become a powerful outreach and communications tool in our collective arsenal. The Alliance is active on Facebook and Twitter - please follow us and share our posts!
Report Unlicensed Dog and Cat Breeders
There are several avenues available for reporting suspected unlicensed dog and cat breeders in Missouri. The Missouri Department of Agriculture offers two different options that you can click on here: Operation Bark Alert or the ACFA Program Inquiry.
To follow up on either of the above reports, contact Matt Rold, ACFA Coordinator at 573-751-3076 or Matt.Rold@mda.mo.gov
Additionally, anyone with information about unlicensed dog breeders, substandard dog breeders or pet stores (and the sale of sick dogs from dog breeders or pet stores) can file a complaint and follow up with the Missouri Department of Agriculture via the ACFA Program Inquiry (above), as well as with the Missouri Attorney General's Agriculture & Environment Division, via the Canine Cruelty Complaint Report (below):
To follow up with a Canine Cruelty Complaint at the Missouri Attorney General's Agriculture & Environment Division once you've filed a report, contact Shawna Bligh at 573-751-8847 or Shawna.firstname.lastname@example.org
If you've gotten this far, then we know you are a person who cares deeply about animals and animal welfare. But so often, we don't know what - or how - we, as individuals, can help support or advocate. We have created an "Animal Welfare Advocate" Tool kit right here, and we invite you to spend some time reviewing the many ideas that you can implement individually or together with us.
You are one of us - and we welcome you! Now let's get to work!
The Alliance is happy to make presentations to groups of individuals who want to learn about the plight of animals in Missouri and how to advance animal welfare. We are frequently asked to speak at organizational lunches or at community colleges. Many people understand the need for protective animal welfare laws - but they don't know how to assist in passing these laws. We can help. Call us at 314-361-3944 or email us at email@example.com.
Start an Online Petition
According to Dave Karpf, author of The MoveOn Effect: The Unexpected Transformation of American Political Advocacy, online petitions are an early stage political tactic that help build a broader campaign and serve a number of purposes:
Petitions can be a very useful first-step tool in spreading information quickly. (cited: Gail Ablow, producer for Moyers & Company)
There are a number of online petition sites. Here are a couple - you can find more online:
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