Memorializing Governor Andrew M. Cuomo to declare June 4, 2013, as Animal Advocacy Day in the State of New York

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  • 30 / May / 2013

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LEGISLATIVE RESOLUTION memorializing Governor Andrew M. Cuomo to declare
June 4, 2013, as Animal Advocacy Day in the State of New York

WHEREAS, It is the sense of this Legislative Body that all living crea-
tures have value and to recognize and appreciate the service, companion-
ship, loyalty, unconditional love and happiness animals bring to the
lives of New Yorkers; and
WHEREAS, Attendant to such concern, and in full accord with its long-
standing traditions, this Legislative Body is justly honored to memori-
alize Governor Andrew M. Cuomo to declare June 4, 2013, as Animal Advo-
cacy Day in the State of New York; and
WHEREAS, Animals are a beloved and cherished member of many of our
families and play a positive role in the lives of so many of New York's
citizens; and
WHEREAS, Pets offer companionship in more than 71 million United
States households, and studies have shown companion animals can provide
a variety of health benefits; and
WHEREAS, Companion animals provide comfort and assistance to seniors
and people with disabilities; and
WHEREAS, Companion animals play an important role helping police, fire
departments, and search and rescue efforts to keep our citizens safe;
WHEREAS, Animal abuse, cruelty and neglect result in unnecessary pain
and suffering to animals; and
WHEREAS, Violence against animals is a bridge crime that can and has
led to violence against people; and
WHEREAS, In 1999, a statewide petition drive was initiated to help
pass the landmark Buster's Law which created the felony category of
"aggravated cruelty to animals," punishable by up to two years in prison
and a $5,000 fine; prior to this bill becoming law, animal cruelty
resulted in only misdemeanor penalties, if any charges were imposed at
all; and
WHEREAS, It is vital that we encourage empathy and compassion for our
companion animals and we provide a voice for those who cannot speak for
themselves; and
WHEREAS, Previous Animal Advocacy Day events promoted the importance
of increased penalties against the viewing of animal fighting and crimi-
nalizing materials and paraphernalia used to train animals for fighting,
and advocating its passage into law; and
WHEREAS, On June 4, 2013, New York animal advocates, supporters, pet
owners, and citizens come together to support, protect, and acknowledge
all animals' positive contribution to society and the family of New
York; now, therefore, be it
RESOLVED, That this Legislative Body pause in its deliberations to
memorialize Governor Andrew M. Cuomo to declare June 4, 2013, as Animal
Advocacy Day in the State of New York; and be it further
RESOLVED, That a copy of this Resolution, suitably engrossed, be tran-
smitted to The Honorable Andrew M. Cuomo, Governor of the State of New


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