NYS’s Bag Waste Reduction Law #BYOBagNY

NYS’s Bag Waste Reduction Law #BYOBagNY

New York has finally passed a new Bag Waste Reduction Law that will take effect starting March 1, 2020. In New York State, over 23 billion plastic bags are used yearly, typically for only one time to bring goods home, then thrown out. Our environment sees bags stuck in trees, as litter, and floating in our waters. They pose a very significant harm to humans and wildlife.

In my previous blog post3 Reasons for Reducing Plastics‘, I explained that plastics have a huge carbon footprint. They do not break down as biodegradable products do. One can think of plastic as forever-lasting. They leach out toxins into our food and drinks, affecting our health.

There are many ways we are abusing animals. Using reusable products are helping abused animals.

The statistics are staggering. 2.5 billion metric tons of solid waste is produced globally. Of that staggering number, 275 million metric tons is plastic waste. 8 million metric tons of plastic enters our oceans. Sea life ingests plastic, potentially killing them or strangulating them. Seafood is then ingested by humans.

This Bag Waste Reduction law applies to grocery stores, clothing shops, home improvement stores and others. Consumers are urged to bring their own bags #BYOBagNY. Stores are not required to have bags available for customers. There will be a $.05 charge for each paper carryout bag provided at checkout, where not exempt. Some bags such as from pharmacy to carry prescription drugs are exempt.

Store that covered under the NYS Plastic Bag Reduction, Reuse and Recycling Act are required to collect plastic bags from consumers for recycling.

Consumers can bring their own bags, have them readily available in their cars and closets so that they don’t forget to take them when going shopping.

There are many great reusable bags for produce and other products. Samples are shown below. One can also consider avoiding to buy 6 packs with plastic rings around it. See what it does to turtles. Consumers can also purchase reusable products such as bottles and containers.

Legislations that are Helping Abused Animals in New York

Legislations that are Helping Abused Animals in New York

The Humane Society of the United States

With the help of The Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) and volunteers, a number of legislations have been passed and are currently being reviewed in the goals of helping abused animals.

In New York, areas of focus during 2020 include the legislation to prohibit the sale of dogs, cats, and rabbits by pet shops. This is critical because people are unknowingly buying pets that, many times, are not healthy. Some kind owners will support the resulting medical bills needed. However, others may decide to dump their pets. Such pets come from puppy mills with the puppy mill mothers are not well taken care of, living in small wire cages without sufficient water and food. Their puppies are sick due to poor sanitation. There is a lack of veterinary care.

In the area of wildlife, NY is looking into banking wildlife killing contests where the game is to slaughter coyotes, foxes, bobcats and other animals , all for a prize. giraffes are also at jeopardy due to trafficking and trade of their body parts for boots, knife handles, furniture, bible covers and more. Over the last 40 years, the giraffe’s population dropped 40%, with not even 100,000 giraffes remaining the the wild.

HSUS, with their volunteers, have been at the forefront in recent years promoting many initiatives to strengthen animal fighting laws and improve standards of care, banning sale of illegal ivory products, rhino horns, wild boar, and shark fins. HSUS succeeded in stopping elephant circus acts in NYS and wild animal circus acts in NYC.  Legislation has provided $5M in state funding for local animal shelters. Legalization of snare traps for wildlife has been defeated. NYC passed a moratorium on the horse slaughter market. Spaying and neutering and micro-chipping of all dogs and cats are required prior to sale in NYC. Anti-tethering laws were passed in Syracuse, Utica and Buffalo. Pet leasing agreements have been prohibited. Heated cage/box dryers in grooming shops have been banned.

HSUS Animal Rescue Teams supported NY during Hurricane Sandy.

Training law enforcement and promoting humane education in schools has been provided.

Federal legislation that have been passed or are currently being reviewed include:

  • Captive Primate Safety Act: H.R. 1776
  • Kitten Act of 2019: H.R. 1622
  • Big Cat Public Safety Act: H.R. 1380, 1818, 3546, 1998
  • Prepared Act: H.R.1042
  • Woof! Act: H.R. 1002, 4691
  • Prevent All Soring Tactics Act of 2019: H.R. 693
  • Humane Cosmetics Act: H.R. 2790, 2858
  • Past Act: H.R. 1847, 3268, 1518
  • Dog and Cat Meat Trade Prohibition Act of 2017: H.R. 1406
  • Pet Safety and Protection Act of 2015: H.R. 2849
  • Captive Primate Safety Act: H.R. 2856
  • Puppy Uniform Protection and Safety Act: H.R. 847
3 Bills that Support Helping Abused Animals

3 Bills that Support Helping Abused Animals

There are several bills that we need all NYC Council Members to co-sponsor bills that would help reduce animal torture and slaughter. Animals are sentient beings. They feel pain, loss and fear, just like humans. We won’t stop all inhumanity against animals, but we should at least stop it where we can.


Intro 1378 – Sales Ban on Forced-Fed Foie Gras.

  • Foie Gras is the diseased and enlarged liver of a duck or goose produced through force-feeding by shoving pipes with food down their throats.
  • Foie Gras is sold in about 1.5% of NYC restaurants. So, this bill doesn’t impact most of the restaurants.
  • Force-feeding geese with pipes down their throat causes damage to the esophagus, liver and causes other diseases.
  • This bill has overwhelming support:
    • 81% of NYC
    • Over 60 not-for profit charities
    • Over 50 NY-based veterinaries
    • Nearly 100 NYC-based restaurants

Intro 1476 – Sales Ban on Fur Apparel

  • Over 100 million animals are killed for their fur every year, worldwide.
  • Fur-farms keep their animals in unbearably small cages for all their lives, so small that they can only go a few steps in any direction, awaiting being skinned alive, or electrocution, or to be gassed to death. The animals are many times awake while getting skinned alive, while having clamps and rods forcing them down. The farms are filthy places with little to no food and water. These wild animals actually go crazy in these small cages from anguish and frustration, leading to self-mutilation, biting at their skin, tail and feet, and even cannibalizing their cage-mates. Parasites and disease run rampant.
  • Animals that are caught in the wild for fur are caught with excruciating traps. They are so painful that animals try to gnaw off their trapped legs. They stay in the trap for days in this horrific pain till someone comes to take them, only to be brutally slaughtered.
  • Why would anyone not support the ban?
    • More and more people are becoming aware of the brutality and have stopped buying fur anyway.
    • Voters are becoming more selective in voting only for humane legislators.
    • There are more jobs lost due to automation, than to furriers if fur gets banned. It is estimated that 73 million US jobs will be lost by 2030 due to automation. But that doesn’t stop us from proceeding with automation. In the same way, fur job loss shouldn’t be a reason to continue with fur brutalities.

Reso 798 – Support Statewide Sale Ban on dogs, cats, and rabbits from pet stores.

  • Pets that are sold in stores come from abusive mills that don’t take care of their animals. Some stores have been found to continue that abuse, as seen by undercover investigative teams. People that end up with purchased pets that are sick many times dump these animals instead of caring for them.
Deadline May 14: Help Keep Wolves on the Endangered Special Act

Deadline May 14: Help Keep Wolves on the Endangered Special Act

Looking to visit the national parks this summer and get a glimpse of the wildlife? Beware of the proposal that would endanger wildlife, specifically wolves this time. What will be the next species at risk of extinction?
The U.S. Department of the Interior’s Fish and Wildlife Service wants to delist gray wolves in the contiguous 48 states from the Endangered Species Act (ESA), thereby removing protection afforded them by that law. This harmful bill would jeopardize gray wolves’ fragile recovery from near-extinction.
Being removed from the protection under the ESA will enable trophy hunters and others to painfully trap and kill wolves, even mother wolves with pups nearby that rely on them for protection and food. They too would die.
People care about wolves. More and more visit the national parks to catch a glimpse of these beautiful animals. And they prefer seeing them alive rather than having their heads hanging on walls. And there is no economic advantage to hunting. Wildlife watchers outspent hunters by a ratio of about 3 to 1.
The justification that they use for proposing the delisting from protection is that wolves decimate livestock herds, but this has been proven false. Wolves are an important member in the ecosystem.
Please help protect wolves.
  • It would take only a few seconds to contact your U.S. Representatives and Senators to keep the wolves on the Endangered Species Act. You can find out who your Representatives and Senators are HERE.
  • You can sign the petition HERE to help.
  • And even greater help would be to submit your comments HERE. The department is reading your comments, but the deadline is May 14.
  • Please share this with your friends. Every signature and every comment helps.

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