State Senate Highlights Animal Advocacy Day in Albany with Animal Welfare Measures

Silhouettes of domesticated animals.
Legislative Masures Coincide with Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Month

The New York State Senate today passed legislation to strengthen rules regarding the sale and wellbeing of animals. The legislation advanced today builds "on the longstanding legacy of the Senate Democratic Conference to extend dignity and compassion to all throughout our state.” The proposed legislation includes provisions to strengthen anti-slaughter laws; restrict animal devocalization; requires the prompt inspection of abandoned properties for abandoned animals; clarify the law on aggravated cruelty towards animals; enact “Tucker’s Law”; expand and strengthen the sale of exotic animals ban; enact the “Big Five African Trophies Act”, and further enhances penalties for animal fighting. Read the Senate Majority release.

Senate Majority Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins said, “It’s our responsibility to protect and defend the voiceless, and that includes our cherished pets and animals. I am very proud of the examples we are setting for animal welfare to prevent cruelty and abuse. I commend the sponsors of this bill package for their dedication to clarifying laws and bolstering protections against cruelty.”

Chair of the Senate Agriculture Committee, Senator Michelle Hinchey, said “Our pets depend on us for safety, love, and survival and shouldn’t have to suffer because of their owners’ thoughtless actions. I’m proud that my bill requiring vacated homes to be inspected for abandoned animals within three days of a tenant’s departure is coming before the Senate today alongside a package of legislation aimed at creating a safer New York for our companion animals. Animal neglect has no place in our society, and this life-saving bill will help ensure that no animal is left behind.”

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