Urgent! Calls Needed Today To Oppose Bill AB 243 That Would Promote Meat Consumption & Industrial Farming

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Calls Needed Today!

A dangerous new bill is quickly making its way through the California state legislature, and a host of environmental and animal welfare organizations issued an urgent call to action for people to help stop it from passing.

AB 243 would increase the state beef check off fee and create a California Beef Commission almost entirely made up of agribusiness interests.

The bill would promote meat consumption and industrial farming at a time when an ever-growing number of Californians are moving toward kinder, healthier, and more environmentally friendly options.

Supporters of the bill want to promote the “essentiality of beef and beef products in proper human nutrition” and erroneously describe it as “vital to the public health and welfare.”

The bill is opposed by a diverse range of groups including Farm Sanctuary; the Natural Resources Defense Council; the Center on Race, Poverty & the Environment; the Center for Food Safety; the Humane Society of the United States; the Consumer Federation of California; Food and Water Watch; and even the California Farmers Union.

AB 243 goes to the state Senate Judiciary Committee for a hearing on July 11. It is imperative that those of us who oppose this bill act now to stop it in its tracks.

Here are two things you can do to help:

1. Call the office of Sen. Hannah-Beth Jackson (D-Santa Barbara), the Senate Judiciary Committee chair, at 916-651-4019. Please politely ask Sen. Jackson to reject bill AB 243.

2. If your state senator is Sen. John M. W. Moorlach, Sen. Joel Anderson, Sen. Robert M. Hertzberg, Sen. Bill Monning, Sen. Henry I. Stern, or Sen. Bob Wieckowski – the other members of the Senate Judiciary Committee – please call their Capitol office and ask to speak to him, or the staff member who handles judiciary issues. (If you don’t know your state senator’s name, you can look it up here.) Again, politely request that they oppose AB 243.

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