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!

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

Comments from Saratoga Track Protester

To Everyone Who Protested at the Saratoga Race Track on  Saturday, July 25, 2015:

This is for all of you who protested at the track yesterday,  along with those of you who were unable to make it. I just wanted to share with you some of my observations. For people holding a plain sign, I don’t think too many comments were made to you. I  made up my own sign that showed two dead horses — many people walked over to me and said:

  • “You ruined my day.”
  • “I don’t want my kids to see that.”
  • “You’re being cruel to people by showing those pictures.”
  • “I didn’t know that these horses go to slaughter.”
  • “What would we do with them all if we don’t race them?”

Of course, I had answers for them all.

My point is – we need more posters with pictures. A picture says a thousand words and gets attention.

We had about 25 protesters. Maybe the next time we’ll have 100.

Sue McDonough,  NYSHA’s Consultant on Cruelty Issues

Protest Saratoga Racing Course 2015



11 AM – 1 PM

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

Fallen race horse

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. Last year, only a handful of protesters showed up. We know there are many, many more of you that care about these magnificent animals.

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


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.

This is the day after opening day.

Go to Horseracing Wrongs on FB or to learn more!

Radio Interview – Dark Side of Horse Racing

Patrick Battuello of Horseracing Wrongs and Board member of NYS Humane Association was interviewed June 14, 2015 on America Weekend radio by Valerie Smaldone and Leslie Gold. This interview is following the Triple Crown win by American Pharoah.  Patrick discusses the dark side of horse racing where he estimates roughly 2,000 horses die on American tracks annually.

Listen to the 13 minute Podcast: Valerie Smaldone and Leslie Gold – Hour 3- Segment 2 – 06/14/15 Fallen race horse

Cowspiracy – Rescheduled to be shown Wed. April 29, 2015

This film has been rescheduled a second time  It will be shown on Wednesday, April 29, 2015 at 6:00 pm at Hudson Valley Community College’s Maureen Stapleton Theater in Troy. FREE and open to the public.  We hope you will join us to view this important and revealing film.

Environmental movie

Justice for Clara

David Moors convicted of animal cruelty in Ulster County, NYWe are very pleased and heartened at how seriously this crime against an animal was taken by the Court.  Throughout, the Judge showed great respect for Clara, as a beloved member of a family, and looked for the truth and delivered justice.

David Moors, center, was sentenced Thursday, 1/15/15, by Ulster County Court Judge Donald Williams to 6 months in Ulster County Jail and 5 years probation on the felony conviction of aggravated cruelty to animals.

Moors, with deliberation, fatally shot Clara, 2 ½ year old terrier mix dog belonging to the Palinkas family in Pine Bush, NY, with an arrow on October 27, 2013.

Read the full story from the Daily Freeman.

Letter to Editor NY Times – Homes for the Horses

In case you missed this letter to the editor of the New York Times from Matt Bershadker, President and Chief Exec., A.S.P.C.A. New York, Dec. 9, 2014 re: the banning of carriage horses on the NYC streets.

 To the Editor:
Re “A Proposal Whose Effects Might Not Be as Good as Its Intentions” (About New York column, Dec. 3):

Jim Dwyer assumes that placing former New York City carriage horses in more natural and appropriate homes would dim the prospects of homes for needier horses. But both groups deserve safe and humane homes, and we should be doing everything in our power to help them both.

These two goals are not mutually exclusive. To suggest that helping one group of horses in need might harm another creates a dangerous hierarchy that is inhumane.

As a staunch equine advocate for nearly 150 years, the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals believes that all horses in crisis — from those suffering because of homelessness to those laboring in the unnatural and dangerous conditions of New York City streets — deserve our full protection.

We look forward to working with Mayor Bill de Blasio and the City Council to get carriage horses off city streets. We are also committed to partnering with rescue networks to find humane placement for any former carriage horse in need of a home and will continue to support horses across the country through legislation, rescue and grants.

President and Chief Exec., A.S.P.C.A.
New York, Dec. 9, 2014

Introduction Historic Legislation to Ban Horse Carriages in NYC

On Monday historic legislation to ban horse carriages will officially be introduced in the City Council! Join us! Representatives from the Animal Legal Defense Fund and NYCLASS will be on the steps of City Hall to support Mayor de Blasio’s bill that will ban the horse carriage industry. We need all hands on deck to support passage of this bill.

Monday, December 8th, from 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM.

260 Broadway
New York, NY 10007

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