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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