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!”
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
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