New York Counties Animal Abuser Registries

Animal Abuser Registries in New York StateNew York counties are beginning to create and post online animal abuser registries. NYSHA is providing links to those counties that currently maintain an online registry of persons convicted of animal abuse in their county. NYSHA will add links to other counties as they pass laws to set up registries and post them online.

Counties specify that anyone selling, giving away or adopting an animal to another person must check the counties’ Animal Abuse Registry prior to any change in ownership. Giving, selling or adopting an animal to a person on the Animal Abuse Registry is a violation of county law.

List of Counties

Protest Horse Racing Saratoga Track Sunday, August 7, 2016 11am to 1pm

This is a second protest this year.  The first protest on July 23rd was great! 35 amazing activists stood together for the horses. Two horses died at Saratoga that very same day while racing.

Please join this second protest with other animal advocates to protest the brutal business of horse racing at Saratoga Race Course.

Horseracing protest at Saratoga Racetrack Sun Aug 7 2016 11am to 1pm

Let’s make this a HUGE protest!
We need to get as many people as we can to stand up to the thousands going into the track this day. We know there are many, many of you who  care about these magnificent animals. Please join us to show how many care.

2,000 horses die on or at American tracks each year! Thousands more die at the slaughterhouse bound for a dinner plate in Europe.

Details:
11:00 am – 1:00 pm
Corner of Union Ave and East Ave (across from the main entrance)

Signs and leaflets will be provided. Homemade signs make a big impact as well.

Go to Horseracing Wrongs on FB or horseracingwrongs.com to learn more!

Protest Horseracing at Saratoga Racetrack Saturday, July 23 at 11 AM – 1 PM

Please join with other animal advocates to protest the brutal business of horse racing at Saratoga Race Course.

Horseracing protest at Saratoga Racetrack Sat July 23 2016 11am to 1pm

Let’s make this a HUGE protest! 
We need to get as many people as we can to stand up to the thousands going into the track this day. We know there are many, many of you who  care about these magnificent animals. Please join us to show how many care.

2,000 horses die on or at American tracks each year! Thousands more die at the slaughterhouse bound for a dinner plate in Europe.

Details:
11:00 am – 1:00 pmCorner of Union Ave and East Ave (across from the main entrance)

Signs and leaflets will be provided. Homemade signs make a big impact as well.

This is the day after opening day.

Go to Horseracing Wrongs on FB or horseracingwrongs.com to learn more!

New York could become 1st state to ban declawing of cats

Read the May 18, 2016 article in The Times Herald Record.

declawRecord New York State Humane Association strongly supports this ban and is very much opposed to declawing of cats.

Please let the sponsors know that you support their  bills and want to see them move through for an Assembly and Senate vote. Click their names for contact information.

A.1297 – Assemblymember Linda Rosenthal

S.5084 – Senator Joseph Griffo

New Video Series – “Conversations with Mocha”

Photo of Mocha, sweet orange cat“Conversations with Mocha” is a series of videos sponsored by New York State Humane Association and hosted by Pat Valusek, president of NYSHA. Mocha and Pat are speaking with various people in the community who are involved with the protection and care of animals. (Granted that Mocha makes limited contribution to the discussions and, in fact, frequently has to be removed from the taping, she is definitely part of the hosting partnership.)

Available:

Urge the Defeat of Bill A9462 That Would Allow the Reintroduction of Snare Traps in NYS

fox-minPlease contact your New York State Assemblymember NOW to vote NO on bill A 9462. Unfortunately the Senate version,  S 2953b, has already passed the Senate but can be stopped in the Assembly.

This bill would legalize the use of cruel and inhumane snare traps  to trap and kill animals such as coyotes and other wildlife in New York.

Call, email, and/or write your Assemblymember to vote NO on bill A 9462.

NYSHA Publishes Booklet – The Connection Between Animal Abuse and Human Violence

NEW PUBLICATION BY NYSHA!
THE CONNECTION BETWEEN ANIMAL ABUSE AND HUMAN VIOLENCE
By NYSHA Board Member, Harold Hovel, Ph.D.

Animal cruelty is linked directly or indirectly with every type of violent crime and even with most non-violent crime. Human beings would benefit enormously if fighting animal cruelty (investigating, prosecuting) were taken seriously. Many human lives would be saved and much human suffering would be prevented.  PDF available to download.

Booklet Connection Between Animal Abuse and Human Violence

Police Training Bill Signed by Governor Cuomo

Governor Cuomo has signed this bill (A.7207/S.5320) into law requiring the NYS Department of Agriculture and Markets to work with the Municipal Police Training Council and the Division of Criminal Justice Services to develop training and training materials regarding the enforcement of the animal cruelty laws for police, and also to provide written and electronic information regarding the cruelty statutes for police agencies and officers, and district attorneys.

This is very important because even though police are mandated to enforce Article 26 of the Agriculture and Markets Law (encompassing the majority of New York’s anti-cruelty laws), most of their training focuses on Penal and Criminal Procedure Laws. Currently, provisions related to animals are not routinely taught in academies.

Now, thanks to passage of this bill, law enforcement will have the training needed to more effectively handle cases of animal cruelty, creating better outcomes for the animals and people of New York State.

Support Bill A.7207/S.5320

New York State Humane Association

Please Take Action Now to Protect Animals!

Be a voice for animals today!!  Call Governor Andrew Cuomo at (518) 474-8390  or (888) 570-6848.  You can say, “I support Bill A.7207/S.5320 and request that Governor Cuomo sign this important bill into law.”

For years, the New York State Humane Association (NYSHA), along with other advocacy groups and concerned citizens, have been stressing that animal cruelty statutes in New York State are difficult to locate and not widely understood. This has resulted in ineffective enforcement and prosecution in cases involving animal cruelty and abuse.

A critical measure aimed at addressing this issue, introduced by Assemblyman Bill Magee and Senator Patty Ritchie (A7207/S5320)passed both houses of the NYS Legislature this year.  This bill will require the New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets to work with the Municipal Police Training Council and the Division of Criminal Justice Services to:

  • develop training regarding enforcing animal cruelty laws for police,
  • create materials about laws involving animals for law enforcement agencies and district attorneys, and
  • provide written and electronic information regarding the cruelty statutes for police agencies, officers, and district attorneys.

Please remember to call today.
If law passes, New York State will provide animal cruelty materials/training on animal cruelty statutes to police officers.

Thank you!

UPDATE! GREAT NEWS!
This bill was signed into law requiring the development of training and training materials regarding the enforcement of the animal cruelty laws for police and information regarding the cruelty statutes for law enforcement personnel. October 2015