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

Attendance will Help Abused Animals on Lobby Day in Albany

Attendees of the upcoming Lobby Day at Albany Albany, NY: Humane Lobby Day – April 9, 2014 are helping abused animals with their attendance.
The Well of the Legislative Office Building

Sponsored by: State Senator Mark Grisanti of Buffalo, NY
Co-hosted by: New York State Humane Association (NYSHA) · New Yorkers for Clean, Livable, and Safe Streets (NYCLASS) · Farm Sanctuary · The Humane Society of New York

New York’s animal advocates will soon fill the halls of the Legislative Office Building in Albany for Humane Lobby Day 2014. You can be in on this exciting action, too! Join your HSUS senior state director Brian Shapiro for one day that can make all the difference for animals.

What is Humane Lobby Day? It’s a one-day event where you can meet with your elected officials and their staff about animal protection issues in New York. Don’t worry if you’re new to lobbying or are unfamiliar with the issues. What’s important is that you’re there. We’ll be there with you every step of the way. Read what animal advocates are saying about Humane Lobby Day»

Why is your participation in Lobby Day so critical? We know legislators are most motivated when their constituents take time to meet face-to-face. It’s your chance to show how much animals mean to you. Reserve your spot now for Humane Lobby Day 2014! Brian Shapiro is happy to help with additional questions: bshapiro@humanesociety.org.

Charter buses will leave early morning from New York City to Albany, and return after the event. Please register separately for the buses»
Date: Wednesday, April 9, 2014
Time: 11:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Address:
Legislative Office Building – Concourse Level, in “the Well” area
198 State St.
Albany, NY 12210
United States

Register at the Humane Society

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