Reform checkoff programs that hurt animals and humane farmers

Did you know that Big Ag gets hundreds of millions of dollars as a slush fund to fight against the humane treatment of animals every year -- courtesy of a mandatory fee, known as a checkoff program, imposed on farmers and producers?

Checkoff taxes pour millions of dollars into the campaign against policies that advance the humane treatment of animals -- like reforming our nation’s laws on puppy mills, violence against pets, and horse abuse and slaughter.

Farmers who oppose inhumane factory farming practices and value animal stewardship are forced to pay into the program that doesn’t even represent their interests. Why should they have to subsidize lobbying efforts against the interests of family farmers, humane-conscious consumers, and the welfare of animals?

The Opportunities for Fairness in Farming (OFF) Act (H.R. 1753/S. 741) would institute accountability, transparency, and routine auditing for these programs to prevent the misuse of funds, and the Voluntary Checkoff Program Participation Act (H.R. 1752/S. 740) would make contributing to such programs voluntary.

TAKE ACTION:
Please make a brief, polite phone call now to your U.S. Representative and your two U.S. Senators. Look up your federal lawmakers' phone numbers. You can say, "As someone who cares about the humane treatment of farm animals, I urge you to co-sponsor H.R. 1753/S. 741, the Opportunities for Fairness in Farming Act, and H.R. 1752/S. 740, the Voluntary Checkoff Program Participation Act. If you're already co-sponsoring these bills, thank you for your support and please do all that you can to get it enacted quickly."

Calling is so important. Please do not skip this crucial step. Then, personalize and submit the letter below to send a follow-up message.

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Your Message

Dear Legislator,

I am a constituent, and I urge you to co-sponsor the Opportunities for Fairness in Farming (OFF) Act (H.R. 1753/S. 741), and the Voluntary Checkoff Program Participation Act (H.R. 1752/S. 740), and do all you can to push for their passage.

The OFF Act (H.R. 1753/S. 741) would provide accountability, transparency, and an auditing program for the USDA's commodity checkoff programs so the funds can be used as they were intended, and the Voluntary Checkoff Program Participation Act (H.R. 1752/S. 740) would give supporters the freedom to participate in such programs if they so choose.

Sincerely,
[Your Name]
[Your Address]
[City, State ZIP]

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