Assemblyman Jim Tedisco (R,C,I-Schenectady-Saratoga) and Senator Greg Ball (R,C-Patterson) today announced that Rescue Ink, the stars of a hit reality show on the National Geographic Channel, will be featured speakers at the first-ever New York State Animal Advocacy Day to be held on June 1st, in the Well of the Legislative Office Building from 9:30 a.m. to 12 p.m.
Rescue Ink, which will be part of the event’s speaking program that starts at 11 a.m., is a group of Long Island-based tattooed, motorcycle-riding tough guys on a mission to save animals in danger.
The eclectic band of brothers – composed of club bouncers, security guards and even a retired New York Police Department (NYPD) detective – is on call 24/7 to save animals from deplorable living conditions and abusive or misguided owners.
“The members of Rescue Ink are tough guys with big hearts who show us that if a group of tattooed, burly motorcycle guys think animal protection is important then we all have a responsibility to stand up for those who can’t speak for themselves – our companion animals. We’re thrilled they will play an important part of Animal Advocacy Day and join our fight to strengthen Buster’s animal cruelty law,” said Tedisco, former Minority Leader and current Assistant Minority Whip.
“Our four-legged friends need our love and support. It’s great to see that even during these tough economic times, while we remain focused on jobs and taxes, we can take some time to protect our furry, feathered and wild friends and neighbors,” said Ball.
NYS Animal Advocacy Day will bring together legislators from both sides of the aisle and hundreds of pet owners, animal advocates, rescues, shelters, veterinarians, law enforcement and other supporters to Albany to call for stronger laws to protect companion animals.
In 1999, a statewide effort helped to collect over 118,000 signatures to pass the landmark Buster’s Law creating the felony category of "aggravated cruelty to animals," punishable by up to two years in prison and a $5,000 fine. Buster's Law was named after an 18-month-old tabby cat that had been doused with kerosene and burned to death by a Schenectady teen. As research indicates, violence against animals is a bridge crime that can, and has, led to violence against people.
Tedisco and Ball are available for interviews about the statewide NYS Animal Advocacy Day. To interview Assemblyman Tedisco, please call (518) 441-5183. To speak with Senator Ball, call (845) 200-9716.
A photo of Rescue Ink is also attached. For more information on NYS Animal Advocacy Day, visit the event’s Facebook page.