While we often refer to our alerts as petitions, like the way it is worded in my signature, the CatLaws.com alerts are not petitions, but rather are individual emails sent to lawmakers. You have to fill in your full address to use the CatLaws.com site and you have to type your signature, with the understanding that it is the same as writing your name; a digital signature, such as is used on many government sites.
Most petition sites, where they just ask you to give your name and email address, such as the petitions on Care2, are just a way of gathering email addresses. For instance, if I want to buy animal friendly email addresses, I can post a petition, like the one we did a few years ago on canned hunting. I then agree to purchase a certain number of the addresses from Care2. In that case I agreed to pay .60 per email address and had to commit to paying 3000.00 worth. We used the petiton, the way we said we would, which was to print it out and present it to lawmakers, but learned that they don't give any credence to such peitions and we did not gather enough donors from that effort to make it worthwhile to do it again.
A LOT of people post free petitions to make a point, but like SNOPES says, these petitions carry very little weight and are pretty much a waste of time. By contrast, your letters that you send through CatLaws.com are considered individual letters by lawmakers, especially if you modify the text to include your own thoughts. The host we use, CapWiz boasts more than a 90% delivery rate, whereas their competitor can only get about 60% of their letters to the intended targets. This was based on an outside evaluation of the industry.
If you want your online efforts to make a difference use CatLaws.com You can send your own letters through that site about any topic you care about to any government official and all of the major media in the U.S.
For the cats,
Carole Baskin, CEO of Big Cat Rescue
an Educational Sanctuary home
to more than 100 big cats
12802 Easy Street Tampa, FL 33625
813.493.4564 fax 885.4457
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