Making a phone call to your state Senator’s office is easy and takes just 2 minutes. It doesn’t require in-depth knowledge about the bill. Call your Senator’s office number during weekday business hours and when a staff member answers, say, “I’m calling in support of the Statewide Fur Ban, AB 44. I want to urge Senator_______ to support it” and give your name, address and/or zip code when asked. That’s pretty much it!
SLIGHTLY LONGER SCRIPT:
The best time to call is during normal, weekday business hours. Be polite and speak clearly. Your call will most likely go something like this:
**Ring ring ring**
Aide: Senator _______’s office, how may I help you?
You: I’m calling to say that I support of the Statewide Fur Ban, AB 44. I want to urge Senator ________ to support this bill.
Aide: Okay, I’ll relay that to the senator. What’s your zip code?
You: 94110 (or whatever your zip code is)
You: Do you know if the senator 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 and damaging to the environment.
Aide: Okay, I will give the Senator this message. Thank you for calling.
You: Thank you! Bye.
You can then give a more 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 you get the answering machine:
Though it’s best to call during normal business hours to talk to a staff member, it’s also okay to leave a voicemail. In your voicemail, you can say something like:
“My name is __________. I live in Berkeley (or wherever you live) and I’m calling to urge the senator 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 like Los Angeles and San Francisco and ban the sale of fur. Let’s keep California on the right side of history! My zip code is ________.”
And that’s all there is to it!
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