The New York State Senate commemorated Animal Protection Week by passing legislation to further protect animal welfare and strengthen rules around the sale and treatment of pets. According to the Senate Majority, the legislative package continues the Senate's efforts to elevate the humane treatment and well-being of those who can’t advocate for themselves and builds on the Senate’s longstanding legacy of extending dignity and compassion to all throughout New York State. The proposed legislation includes provisions that: prohibit the sale of disabled Equidae; restrict animal devocalization to instances of medical necessity; require the prompt inspection of abandoned properties for abandoned animals; clarify the law on aggravated cruelty towards animals; enact “Tucker’s Law” and expand and strengthen the sale of exotic animals ban.
Senate Majority Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins said, “We as a society are often measured by the way we help those who cannot help themselves. That includes pets and animals, who are too often subjected to cruel and inhumane treatment at the hands of people. With this legislation, we are taking timely steps to clarify existing laws and expand protections to shield animals from abuse, and prevent bad actors from inflicting it in the first place. I am very proud of the examples we are setting for animal welfare, and greatly thank the bill sponsors for keeping the best interests of all New York’s creatures in mind.”
Chair of the Senate Agriculture Committee, Senator Michelle Hinchey, said, “Animal neglect has no place in our society, and I’m proud that my bill requiring homes to be inspected for abandoned animals within three days of a tenant’s departure passed the Senate during National Pet Week alongside a comprehensive package of legislation to protect the well-being of companion animals. I’m honored to stand up for the needs of vulnerable animals and join my colleagues in creating a safer New York for all pets.”