New York Legislation to Protect Animals

Please use your voice to support/oppose new  legislative bills by contacting your representatives in the New York State Legislature.

State Legislation Update

NYSHA’s Legislation Committee worked hard this year on bills that would help to improve conditions for animals in New York. We are disappointed that once again the State Legislature failed to act on many important issues; however, they did pass two noteworthy bills we supported.

The first piece of legislation, which Governor Cuomo has signed into law, will further crack down on animal fighting by defining it as a designated offense that qualifies for electronic eavesdropping or video surveillance. This critical measure will enhance law enforcement efforts to identify these heinous operations and bring perpetrators to justice. (S.0611/A.2806)

Very good news! The other bill, known as the Elephant Protection Act, will ban the use of elephants in any type of entertainment act in New York State. We are happy to report that Governor Cuomo signed this bill in October. Previously in 2014, Governor Cuomo had signed a law to prevent the trade of illegal ivory articles and products. Now, one of the world’s most majestic creatures will be further protected in New York.  (S.2098B/A.0464B)

Despite these two important victories, some very important proposals were not acted upon:

  • NYSHA continued advocating for banning the transport and slaughter of equines for human consumption, and for a bill that would create a dedicated fund to support retired race horses.
  • NYSHA also fought to end abusive and cruel practices impacting companion animals by supporting a ban on the declawing of cats, as well as a measure that would have mandated that veterinarians report suspected abuse to authorities.

Equine and companion animal protection will again be top priorities when our elected officials return to Albany in January.

Please help NYSHA be a strong voice for animals by ensuring that all our representatives make animal protection a priority. Educate yourself, know the issues, follow legislative activities, attend advocacy days, make phone calls, write letters, and keep fighting! We see growing support from our state legislators; however, much more work needs to be done.

We will keep you posted via email and Facebook notifications regarding activity on important animal related issues.

Fall 2017