CALLING YOUR ASSEMBLY member
Making a phone call to your representative’s office is easy and takes just 2 minutes. It doesn’t require in-depth knowledge about the bill. All you need to do is say is “I’m calling in support of the Statewide Fur Ban, AB 44. I want to urge <insert name of representative> to support it” and then give the staff your name, address and/or zip code when asked. Below are more detailed instructions for finding your representatives and making calls:
To find your assembly member’s phone number, click here and enter your address & zip code.
Be polite and speak clearly.
Script: Your call will most likely go something like this:
****Ring ring ring ring*****
Aide: Assemblymember _______’s office, how may I help you?
You: I’m calling in support of the Statewide Fur Ban, AB 44. I want to urge the Assemblymember (last name) to support the fur ban.
Aide: Okay, I’ll relay that to the assemblymember. What’s your zip code?
You: Do you know if the assemblymember is supporting the bill?
Aide: I don’t know. (probably)
You: I certainly hope she (he) does because the fur industry is very cruel to animals and some of the chemicals they put on fur to preserve it are carcinogenic.
You can then give a few brief reasons or just say “thank you” and end the call. If they ask where you live or your zip code, be sure to tell them. They want to be able to verify that you live in their district, otherwise they may not count your message.
If no one answers and you get the answering machine:
it’s better to call back during normal business hours (9am-5pm Mon-Fri) so that you can actually talk to the staff, but it’s also okay to leave a voicemail. In your voicemail, you can say something like:
“My name is __________. I live in Berkeley and I’m calling to urge the assembly member to support the Statewide Fur Ban AB-44. In this state we are very concerned about animal cruelty and the fur industry is one of the cruelest. Please follow the lead of cities all over the state such as Los Angeles, San Francisco, Berkeley, West Hollywood and ban the sale of fur. By the way, residents in San Diego are calling for a ban there. Let’s keep California on the right side of history!”
And that’s all there is to it!