How do I REALLY make an impact for animals?
Petitions and emails are easy, but they are not as effective as talking to your lawmaker.
Turns out everyone knows that but only 6% of the people who consider themselves Activists do anything about it.
Here’s what the study concluded:
Your lawmaker wants to hear from you when they are in recess and at their local office (not D.C.) They don’t trust that your email came from a real person. They really want to meet you and know what you care about because that is how they stay in their job.
The study also showed that activists know that a face to face meeting with decision makers has the most impact. They just don’t do it.
It takes more effort and people fear doing something for the first time. Trust me, after your first visit with your lawmaker, you will be looking for other reasons to drop in and tell them what you think.
Find your lawmakers here: http://catlaws.com
Learn about the issues here: http://catlaws.com
Sign up to get the full report when they release it later this summer: www.englin.net/research
Until then, feel free to contact Carole.Baskin@BigCatRescue.org to find out what you can do.
I'm so glad you found the research useful!
Very useful links thank you. I don't live in the U.S but I can forward this to people who do. It is sad that people think signing a petition or sending an email is enough, when really it may have little to no impact at all… we all know little is better than none but why not take it up a notch? A phone call takes 5-10 minutes depending if you get ahold of anyone & how long discussion is. Planning a meeting is a bit more difficult but if you really care about an issue you need to try. Protests are a great way to get a lot of people together to show how many care & gets media attention, and paper petitions are good as you have to get local signatures (in Canada they must be approved first before getting signatures and afterwards they work quite well)… lots to do!
THANK YOU for forwarding the links to anyone you think might be interested. Hopefully they will pass them along as well.