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.

2020 New York State Legislation

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NYSHA’s staff updating legislation chart.

NYSHA concluded its analysis of NYS S.8029, a shelter standards bill proposed by Senator Monica Martinez, and provided the results to her office, along with input from the shelter directors whom NYSHA had contacted. The Senator’s aide was pleased with the comprehensive report. Please keep watch on this bill and let your representatives know how important it is to you and for animals in shelters.

NYSHA Legislative Committee members also advocated for S.7719/A.9989, which passed in the Senate and was referred to the Assembly Agriculture Committee. It will require that all racehorses are microchipped and be prohibited from being transported for the purposes of slaughter within or outside New York State. We believe that it is one of the most important pieces of legislation that has ever been introduced to prevent racehorses, both Thoroughbreds and Standardbreds, from going to slaughter. Please contact and ask the Committee chair, Assemblywoman Donna Lupardo (, 518-455-5431), to bring this bill to a Committee vote, so it can go to the Assembly floor and get passed.

Please review the Chart of NYS Animal Protection Legislation for important bills concerning animals in New York State. We will let you know when the Legislature resumes its sessions, so you can contact your legislator. Your support is critical.


Your Support is Important

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.