Star of ABC’s “The Bachelor” and Acting Dog from “Men in Black III” to Headline 2nd Annual NYS Animal Advocacy Day Sponsored by Tedisco and Ball

Prince Lorenzo Borghese, entrepreneur and animal advocate, and Bocker the Labradoodle to join lawmakers, hundreds of pet owners, law enforcement, rescues, shelters for June 13 event
June 8, 2012
Assemblyman Jim Tedisco (R,C,I-Schenectady-Saratoga) and Senator Greg Ball (R,C-Patterson) today announced that Prince Lorenzo Borghese, an entrepreneur and New York City-based animal advocate who is best known as the featured Bachelor from season 9 of the hit ABC reality show, The Bachelor, and acting dog Bocker the Labradoodle, who has appeared in Men in Black 3, Eat Pray Love and War of the Worlds, will be featured at the 2nd Annual NYS Animal Advocacy Day on Wednesday, June 13 from 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. at the Well of the Legislative Office Building in Albany, NY. The speaking program, which will be emceed by Steve Caporizzo from Pet Connection, will begin at 10:30 a.m.

This free, bipartisan event is open to the public and will enable animal supporters to network, share information and lobby their legislators to enact the toughest animal cruelty laws in the nation. There will be over 30 exhibitors including rescues, shelters, sheriff’s offices and animal advocacy groups.

As research indicates, violence against animals is a bridge crime that can, and has, led to violence against people.

Last year’s NYS Animal Advocacy Day helped lead to passage of a new law to make it a crime to be a spectator of animal fighting – a bill which was stalled in committee prior to the event.

“Most of the lobbyists who walk the halls of Albany are paid, but animal advocates are not. They are volunteers who care about protecting our pets and all members of our families. Animal Advocacy is purely a people and paw-powered event that’s about keeping all members of our families safe,” said Tedisco, former Minority Leader and current Assistant Minority Whip, who has two cats and two dogs.

“Persons who commit crimes against animals are the worst kind of people, the level of respect and kindness shown for an animal, creatures who cannot speak for themselves, or protect themselves and are easily abused and taken advantage of, is a fine predictor of how a person will treat their peers,” said Senator Greg Ball. “Violent and cruel behavior toward animals, cannot and should not be tolerated.”

Lawmakers and advocates will be calling for several bi-partisan measures to strengthen Buster’s felony animal cruelty law to require that animal abusers be placed on a statewide registry of abusers, prohibit them from ever owning a companion animal again, and require them to undergo a psychiatric evaluation. They’ll also be pushing for measures to improve the standards of care of animals at pet stores and make it a felony to steal a pet.

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