Target: New York Governor Andrew Cuomo
Goal: Pass a law that will help regulate puppy mills in New York
New York Governor Andrew Cuomo will soon decide whether or not to approve a bill that will help crack down on puppy mills and breeders. Assemblywoman Linda B. Rosenthal presented the legislation after the owner of a kennel in Montgomery County was charged with animal cruelty for not providing adequate shelter for his dogs during record-setting cold temperatures. Governor Cuomo has already proposed several new laws to help fight animal cruelty and this is yet another that deserves our support.
The new law would give municipal governments authority to enforce stronger laws than those currently existing at the state level. Essentially, local ordinances must be at least as strict as state law, but have the limitation that new laws cannot ban the sale of dogs or cats raised in safe and healthy environments. Municipalities, however, will have the ability to enact more severe laws than those of the state, which means that towns where there are more breeders can ensure the welfare of the animals without affecting the sale of animals in other parts of the state. The New York State Department of Agriculture will continue to enforce state laws dealing with breeders, kennels, animal sales, and general animal welfare. If a municipality chooses to adopt stronger local laws, however, enforcement of the rules and penalties exceeding those of state laws will be the responsibility of the municipality.
Rosenthal, herself, described the bill best: “Municipalities from Buffalo to New York City, the North Country to Long Island will be able to pass tough new laws to crack down on puppy mills and bad breeders who place profit above the health and safety of animals. They will also be able to prevent situations like the one that recently occurred in Sprakers, NY, where nearly 100 dogs were left outside for days to freeze to death in arctic-like weather conditions.”
New York continues to be the leader in the United States when if comes to fighting animal cruelty. Please take a moment and sign the petition below to help the puppy mill bill be passed into law and continue New York’s success.
Dear Governor Cuomo,
Assemblywoman Linda Rosenthal recently proposed a bill known as the “puppy mill bill” that would give local governments the authority to enforce stronger animal welfare laws than those at the state level in order to crack down on breeders and puppy mills. This is an outstanding bill that would allow the state to keep a close eye on breeders, prevent cruelty, and save the lives of animals.
New York remains the most progressive state when it comes to animal welfare. Please pass this bill into law to protect its dogs from inhumane conditions and see that it remains the standard for which other states should reach.
[Your Name Here]
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