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March 30, 2011

New York State Lawmakers Asked to Protect Animals at Humane Lobby Day 2011 in Albany

New York animal advocates are meeting with state lawmakers in Albany today for Humane Lobby Day 2011, and urging support of bills to upgrade laws against animal fighting, canned hunting, cutting cows' tails off and other factory farming abuses. The Humane Society of the United States organized New York State Humane Lobby Day with the sponsorship of Farm Sanctuary, Humane Society of New York and New York State Humane Association.

At noon today, Patrick Kwan, The HSUS’ New York state director, will present a Humane State Legislator Award to Sen. Suzi Oppenheimer, D-Port Chester, in recognition of her work as sponsor of animal protection bills, including passage of a bill that requires students be notified of their rights to decline dissection of animals in school.

“The New York state legislature has a long history of protecting animals, having passed its first anti-cruelty law more than 180 years ago. But New York has fallen behind on some key humane issues of today such as animal fighting, canned shooting of captive animals, and cruel treatment of farm animals,” said Patrick Kwan, The HSUS’ New York state director.

Citizen lobbyists are meeting with legislators to urge passage of A4407/S3237, sponsored by Assemblymember Joseph D. Lentol, D-Brooklyn, and Sen. Kenneth P. LaValle, R-Port Jefferson, which would close loopholes in NY’s animal fighting laws; A1893, sponsored by Assemblymember Linda Rosenthal, D-Manhattan, which would protect cows from the cruel practice of tail docking; A1928, also sponsored by Rosenthal, which would prevent some of the most egregious animal confinement practices on factory farms; and A4475, sponsored by Assemblymember Deborah J. Glick, D-Manhattan, which would end the canned shooting of captive exotic wildlife trapped within fenced enclosures.

In 2010, state legislatures across the country passed 97 new laws for animals. The HSUS works with animal advocates and state legislators to enact laws protecting animals from cruelty, combating animal fighting, halting wildlife abuse and more.

Humane Lobby Day 2011 started at 11 a.m. in Meeting Rooms 2 and 3 on the Concourse level of the Empire State Plaza Convention Center.

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