New York State Senate passed the New York Puppy Mill Pipeline Bill.

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Tuesday, July 21, 2020. New York City – Animal rights advocates are happy. Today, the New York State Senate passed the New York Puppy Mill Pipeline Bill.

Voters For Animal Rights said on Facebook, “We applaud Senator Michael Gianaris for championing this transformative legislation — a win for all New Yorkers, especially consumers and homeless animals seeking a second chance at life. With thousands of homeless dogs, cats, and rabbits waiting to be adopted from animal shelters across New York State, it is cruel and unethical for pet stores to profit from breeding animals, often under horrific conditions.

The next step is to pass the bill in the NYS Assembly with Linda B. Rosenthal!

Congrats to our coalition partners ASPCA, The Humane Society of the United States, New York State Animal Protection Federation, Animal Legal Defense Fund, Companion Animal Protection Society and NYC Bar Association Animal Law Committee!”

Hooray!! We applaud Senator Michael Gianaris for championing this transformative legislation — a win for all New…

Posted by Voters For Animal Rights on Tuesday, July 21, 2020
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Laurence H. Tribe wrote on the New York Daily News, “In 1971, seven Asian elephants were captured from the wild, imported to California, and sold for $800 each to a safari park. As if to reinforce the indignity of taking these magnificent beings from their natural habitats and depriving them of lifelong relationships with members of their herd, their captors named them after Snow White’s seven dwarves.

Today, only four of these elephants survive. One of them, ironically named Happy, has been imprisoned for the last 40 years at the Bronx Zoo. She is now 49 and lives in a small, barren space that experts have said cannot meet the needs of any elephant. Until 2002, the zoo also imprisoned Grumpy, euthanizing her after two other elephants attacked her.

Today, Happy is considered a “thing” with no rights that we as humans have any legal obligation to respect. That needs to change. The just course is for courts to recognize Happy as a rightsholder (in legalese, a person) and order her release to an environment suited to her needs.”
Click the link to read the article on the New York Daily News: https://www.nydailynews.com/opinion/ny-oped-why-we-should-free-the-elephants-20200718-ctnkkgkgtvab7hk47x7ufitk4a-story.html

Senator Michael Gianaris speech today in support of banning the sale of dogs, cats, and rabbits in pet stores, just before the bill passed the New York State Senate 48-12.
Wednesday, June 24, 2020. New York City – On Tuesday, June 23, 2020, more than hundred people along with VOCAL-New York and New York Communities for Change started to “Occupy City Hall” in New York City. They demand NYC Council members and NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio Defund The NYPD by at least $1 billion and invest in Youth services, affordable housing, healthcare, public education, social workers, and other social services in low income communities. Activists say they are not leaving City Hall Park until at least $1 billion is cut from the NYPD’s $6 billion budget. Photo by Javier Soriano/www.JavierSoriano.com
Wednesday, June 24, 2020. New York City – On Tuesday, June 23, 2020, more than hundred people along with VOCAL-New York and New York Communities for Change started to “Occupy City Hall” in New York City. They demand NYC Council members and NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio Defund The NYPD by at least $1 billion and invest in Youth services, affordable housing, healthcare, public education, social workers, and other social services in low income communities. Activists say they are not leaving City Hall Park until at least $1 billion is cut from the NYPD’s $6 billion budget. This cute dog was with protesters. Photo by Javier Soriano/www.JavierSoriano.com

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