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  • The Humane Society Of New York
    If you provide your zip code you will be able to get their names and contact information You will be able to e mail them directly from their pages on the NY Assembly and Senate websites Additional contact information is below In your communication please mention that you are a constituent and include your address in written correspondence Also contact Republican Conference Leader Independent Democratic Conference Leader Senator Dean Skelos

    Original URL path: http://www.humanesocietyny.org/humane_issues/legislation.php?id=151 (2016-02-18)
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  • The Humane Society Of New York
    us and www nysenate gov If you provide your zip code you will be able to get their names and contact information You will be able to e mail them directly from their pages on the NY Assembly and Senate websites Additional contact information is below In your communication please mention that you are a constituent and include your address in written correspondence Also contact Republican Conference Leader Independent Democratic

    Original URL path: http://www.humanesocietyny.org/humane_issues/legislation.php?id=152 (2016-02-18)
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  • The Humane Society Of New York
    and death of wildlife including elephants rhinos tigers and other endangered species Illegal poaching of elephants for their ivory tusks the slaughter of rhinos for their horns and the killing of tigers for their body parts has almost decimated their populations Targeted Use of Sanctions for Killing Elephants and Rhinoceros Act H R 1945 Imposes trade sanctions on countries that facilitate ivory and rhino horn trafficking Thousands of elephants and rhinos are killed each year for their body parts Refuge from Cruel Trapping Act H R 2016 and S 1081 Prohibits the use and possession of body gripping traps in the National Wildlife Refuge System Wildlife refuges should be just that a safe place for wild animals not a killing ground where animals are cruelly trapped and killed Body gripping traps are particularly cruel causing immense suffering and injury to the trapped animals Battlefield Excellence through Superior Training BEST Practices Act H R 1095 and S 587 Phases out the use of live animals for training members of the Armed Forces in the treatment of combat trauma injuries Using animals for this purpose causes extreme animal suffering and is unnecessary Pet and Women Safety Act H R 1258 Includes threats or acts of violence against a person s pets under offenses of stalking and interstate violation of a protection order Includes provisions for restitution to include veterinary services relating to the care of a victim s pet Also establishes a federal grant program to assist in acquiring a safe shelter for pets Encourages states to include protection against violent or threatening acts against the pet of the person in domestic violence protection orders Animal Welfare in Agriucluter Reseach Endeavors Act AWARE Act H R 746 and S 388 Includes oversight of farm animals used in agricultural research at federal research

    Original URL path: http://www.humanesocietyny.org/humane_issues/legislation.php?id=97 (2016-02-18)
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  • The Humane Society Of New York
    th District Humane Poster Contest Co sponsored with Assemblymember Linda B Rosenthal In conjunction with Assemblymember Linda Rosenthal the Humane Society of New York held a humane poster contest for elementary school students in the 67 th district of Manhattan The topic was If you were a superhero what would you do to help save and protect animals The posters were very creative and showed genuine concern for animals and our environment A special thank you to Assemblymember Rosenthal for co sponsoring this event with the Humane Society of New York and for sponsoring a resolution each year in the New York State Legislature declaring May Be Kind to Animals Month A special thank you also to Lauren Schuster Erica Overton and Max Weiss in Assemblymember Rosenthal s office for all of their efforts to make this contest such a big success once again Nassau County Humane Essay Contest Co sponsored with Nassau County Executive Edward Mangano In conjunction with Nassau County Executive Edward Mangano the Humane Society of New York held its twelfth annual humane essay contest in Nassau County The topic of this years contest which was open to 3 rd 4 th and 5 th grade students was If you had super powers what would you do to help animals The s tudents came up with such creative super powers including for example the power to heal laser eyes to put extinct animals bones back together and bring them back to life super speed to fly where animals are in need finger zapper to zap away pollution to speak to and understand animals and the power we like best the ability to change the thoughts and actions of people who abuse animals and to make them treat animals with kindness The winning essays this year were from

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  • The Humane Society Of New York
    mind where a Corsican ram stood still as he was shot to death with arrows canned hunts are not banned in many states although I believe an argument can be made that such hunts violate animal cruelty laws It would take concerned law enforcement officers to make an arrest and a compassionate prosecutor to try the case Even endangered species are killed at canned hunt facilities although as a result of a lawsuit brought by the Humane Society of the United States the US Fish and Wildlife Service recently proposed a rule to prohibit the shooting of endangered species without a special permit So much for the conservation argument used to justify hunting The existing canned hunt law in New York Environmental Conservation Law section 11 1904 bans canned hunting in enclosed areas of ten acres or less despite the fact that most canned hunting facilities are much larger than ten acres and the tame or semi tame animals at such facilities cannot and do not elude the hunters Eight years ago former New York Governor Pataki vetoed a bill that would have banned canned hunting in New York by including enclosed facilities regardless of their size within the scope of the law In his veto message 134 of 2003 the former governor stated in part The primary large game mammals taken on hunting preserves are deer and antelope cervids The approximately 10 200 captive cervids on these farms have an estimated value of 4 5 million and produce venison with an approximate annual value of 1 3 million Many of these farms rely upon selling older larger animals which have little value in the venison market to hunting preserves in order to remain financially viable So when some farmers but certainly not all derive no further benefit from their

    Original URL path: http://www.humanesocietyny.org/humane_issues/legislation.php?id=33 (2016-02-18)
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  • The Humane Society Of New York
    Donations Humane Issues Contact Us 06 Jun 2012 Back to Legislation Index Home Our Mission Clinic Adoptions Donations Humane Issues Contact 2001 2013 The Humane Society of New York 306 East 59th Street New York NY 10022 212 752 4842

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  • The Humane Society Of New York
    paying high prices for the animals Worldwide Puppies misrepresented to consumers that the animals came from high quality private breeders and would come with pedigree registration papers x Legislation is pending in Congress the Puppy Uniform Protection Act S 33424 H R 5434 which requires commercial breeders who sell more than 50 puppies per year directly to the public or online to be regulated under the Animal Welfare Act and that such breeders provide daily exercise for dogs used for breeding xi Legislation has also been introduced in the New York State Legislature to further regulate puppy mills but the bills have not passed We expect bills to be introduced in the next session which starts in January 2011 xii On Election Day November 2 2010 Missouri voters passed a ballot initiative Proposition B the Puppy Mill Cruelty Prevention Act This Act requires large scale dog breeding operations to provide dogs with sufficient food clean water veterinary care adequate shelter from the elements space to turn around and stretch limbs regular exercise and rest between breeding cycles The new law which takes effect in one year also states that breeders shall not have more than 50 breeding dogs for the purpose of selling their puppies as pets xiii While this kind of legislation may improve conditions it alone is not the solution to the overpopulation problem of animals nor will it safeguard the animals at puppy mills After all the Animal Welfare Act while not covering all puppy mills does cover many Yet as the report of the USDA s Office of Inspector General clearly indicates the animals at puppy mills still live in despair Adopting an animal from a shelter and spaying and neutering will help to reduce animal overpopulation Purchasing a dog from a pet store or commercial breeder keeps puppy mills open i 7 USC 2131 et seq 9 CFR 1 1 et seq ii Audit Report 33002 4 SF iii Agriculture and Markets Law Article 26 A iv Complaint forms regarding pet dealers can be found at www agmkt state ny us AI small animals html v General Business Law Article 35 D vi UCC sections 2 104 2 105 vii In Saxton v Pets Warehouse Inc 180 Misc 2d 377 691 NYS2d 872 App Term Second Dept 1999 the court held that a dog who was purchased from a pet dealer constituted goods under UCC 2 105 that the pet dealer was a merchant as that term is defined in UCC 2 104 and that the purchaser who purchased a sick dog from the pet dealer could recover damages based on the pet dealer s breach of the implied warranty of merchantability UCC 2 314 viii Appell v Rodriguez 14 Misc 3d 131A 836 NYS2d 483 App Term Second Dept 2007 Similar decisions were reached in Cahill v Blume 8 Misc 3d 1004A 801 NYS2d 776 NYC Civil Ct Richmond Cty 2005 O Rourke v American Kennels 7 Misc 2d 1018A 801 NYS2d 237 NYC Civil Ct NY Cty 2005 Bazzini v Garrant 116 Misc 2d 119 455 NYS2d 77 Dist Ct Suffolk Cty 1982 ix www oag state ny us click on Site Index and then Pet Lemon Law x www ag ny gov media center 2009 aug aug16a 09 html xi See www thomas gov insert bill number to see text of bill and updates xii See www assembly state ny us click Bill Search and dog under Keyword to find out about bill introductions The regular legislative session starts in January xiii See www sos mo gov elections 2010petitions 2010 085 asp for text of Missouri Proposition B statewide ballot initiative 8 20 10 Despite the enactment of numerous animal protection laws over the last few decades many animals are still subject to abuse neglect and exploitation We receive inquiries regarding companion animals farmed animals animals in laboratories animals used for entertainment and wildlife Each month or so we will highlight an animal protection issue If you have any questions regarding this column or any suggestions for topics please address them to Elinor Molbegott at emolbegott gmail com LANDLORDS CO OP CONDO BOARDS AND LEGISLATORS OPEN YOUR HEARTS SO THAT PEOPLE CAN OPEN THEIR HOMES TO COMPANION ANIMALS History When Edna Lenet an 86 year old woman got up to testify before the New York City Council in the early 1980 s the room became quiet as she spoke about her despair Mrs Lenet had been ordered evicted from the apartment she lived in for decades all because she shared her apartment with Baby II a four year old Samoyed Ironically Baby II was given to Mrs Lenet by the building s super after the death of Mrs Lenet s beloved dog Baby Even these compelling facts were not enough to convince the court to allow Mrs Lenet to remain in her home with Baby II The court reluctantly ordered her eviction finding that Mrs Lenet violated a no pet lease clause The court granted her a short amount of time to remove the dog to prevent the eviction i Councilmember Miriam Friedlander had been advocating for legislation to prevent discrimination against people with companion animals for years but her bill seemed to be going nowhere until Thomas Manton Chair of the Housing and Buildings Committee decided to take this issue seriously Perhaps Manton s and the New York City Council s attention to this issue was the result of Mrs Lenet s testimony as she put a face on the injustice tenants were confronted with that they were being forced to choose between their apartments and their beloved well behaved pets Perhaps the Council s decision to act to protect tenants and pets was the realization that some landlords were using often dormant no pet lease clauses to evict longstanding tenants because of co op conversions to raise rents or for other reasons completely unrelated to the pets Perhaps the Council s decision to pass legislation was because many landlords or

    Original URL path: http://www.humanesocietyny.org/humane_issues/legislation.php?id=19 (2016-02-18)
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  • The Humane Society Of New York
    of Rockville Center From The Humane Society of New York The Humane Society of New York strongly urges you to repeal Local Law 9 of 2010 relating to a ban on Pit bulls and Rottweilers Until such time as the law is repealed we urge you to suspend the law s implementation There are many substantive reasons why legislation that focuses on select breeds does not work to resolve dangerous dog issues Since Local Law 9 violates state law which prohibits municipalities from enacting breed specific bans our discussion will focus solely on this point Section 107 5 of the Agriculture and Markets Law was added by the laws of 1997 Chapter 530 S 4749 B Skelos and A 3028 C Connelly The bills were passed almost unanimously in both houses The clear language and intent of this legislation was to control dangerous dogs in a manner not specific to the dog s breed Section 107 5 which is contained in Article 7 of the Agriculture and Markets Law states 5 Nothing contained in this article shall prevent a municipality from adopting its own program for the control of dangerous dogs provided however that no such program shall be less stringent than this article and no such program shall regulate such dogs in a manner that is specific as to breed Notwithstanding the provisions of subdivision one of this section this subdivision and section one hundred twenty one of this article shall apply to all municipalities including cities of two million or more According to the New York State Senate Introducer s Memorandum in Support the purpose of the legislation is To protect the public from unprovoked attacks by dangerous dogs The Summary of Provisions section in this memorandum states Section 1 of the bill amends Section 107 in relation to municipal ordinances and regulation in a manner not specific to breed Senator Skelos in a letter in support of S 4749 B to Michael Finnegan Counsel to Governor Pataki wrote Consequently there has also been concern by dog owners of specific breeds that their animals will be stereotyped and not treated fairly because of an action taken by another dog of similar breed This bill addresses this concern by stating that any regulations established must not be breed specific and should be applied to only such dogs actually involved in an attack and not all others who happen to be of similar breed The governor s chapter approval memorandum filed with S 4749 B states This bill amends the Agriculture and Markets Law to 1 clarify that municipalities may adopt programs for the control of dangerous dogs provided such programs are not less stringent than Article 7 of the Agriculture and Markets Law and are not breed specific Similarly the Department of Agriculture and Markets by Nathan Rudgers First Deputy Commissioner stated in a letter to Mr Finnegan that the bill would clarify that municipalities may adopt programs for the control of dangerous dogs provided such programs are not

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