Raia Participates In First Annual Animal Advocacy Day

Assemblyman calls for a more stringent law to protect innocent animals from shameful abuse
June 2, 2011

Pictured above, Assemblyman Andrew Raia with members of Rescue Ink

As a co-sponsor of Buster’s Law (A.1506), Assemblyman Andrew Raia (R,I,C – East Northport) met with animal advocates from around the state at the first annual animal advocacy day. The purpose of the event was to raise awareness of two bills that will strengthen Buster’s Law.

“Recently, there has been an increase in cases of animal cruelty and abuse across the state,” said Raia. “When I heard about this common-sense legislation to protect our family pets, I didn’t hesitate to sign on. Anyone who abuses innocent animals should be prosecuted to the highest extent.”

During the event, Assemblyman Andrew Raia met with the stars of “Rescue Ink,” a reality show featured on the National Geographic channel. The tattooed animal-rescuing activists came to Albany to lobby for amendments that would strengthen Buster’s Law, legislation passed in 1999 to end animal cruelty and bring harsher punishments to criminals convicted of animal abuse.

“These men are on a mission to save innocent animals from being horribly abused or killed,” said Raia. “Their organization saves animals, on a daily basis, from shameful living conditions and violent or simply careless owners. I hope that they were able to provide their stories to the legislators here in Albany so that we can swiftly pass this legislation once again.”