Target: New York Attorney General, Eric T. Schneiderman
Goal: Commend the Attorney General for his animal rights activism
New York State’s Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman has been an advocate for animal rights. Schneiderman’s office recently arrested the owners of an auction house that was responsible for selling two footstools that had been made from endangered elephants. He also was responsible for successfully reaching a civil settlement with Puppies Puppies Puppies, a pet store in Yonkers. The pet store was accused of selling sick puppies that were kept under unsafe and inhumane conditions and had agreed to pay a $20,000 fine. Now, Schneiderman has announced that he will continue to fight for animal rights and has called for an animal protection initiative. Schneiderman’s work and continued perseverance in protecting New York pets might be commended.
Schneiderman’s latest initiative focuses on two main goals, which are to crack down on puppy mills and shut down the state’s dogfighting rings. Schneiderman believes that these two leading causes of animal abuse can potentially lead to a life of larger crime. For example, dogfighting has often been linked to gang activity within the state and even outside of the state. Gang activity can lead to several crimes as well, such as illegal drugs and weaponry. Therefore, the attorney general’s office believes that this new initiative could help protect the community. Schneiderman’s decision to protect pets, a topic that most politicians ignore, will be hard due to the lack of regulation. But it is a task that he will undertake.
“There is still a huge amount of unmet need in terms of vigorous enforcement of the laws and investigations when needed,” the vice president of the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, Stacy Wolf, said to The New York Times.
Schneiderman hopes that his office can be successful in monitoring where pet stores and breeders get their dogs. Pet stores often source from puppy mills, which are operations that continuously breed dogs in horrid conditions. The puppies from these operations have a higher chance of getting illnesses since they are kept in unsanitary conditions and often never get medical check ups. Furthermore, if the office could monitor breeders as well, it would protect consumers who are willing to put a lot of money for a specific purebred dog.
Even though the initiative is still new, Schneiderman’s efforts must be praised. Fixing any problem is difficult, and the fact that Schneiderman is focusing on animal rights, which is not a very popular topic among politicians, is admirable.
Dear Eric T. Schneiderman,
As the Attorney General of New York state, your work on animal rights and pet protection has been highly admirable. Oftentimes, politicians do not focus on the small but very important issue of animal abuse. Even though people can be arrested and sent to jail for hurting animals, certain operations, such as puppy mills, have still been able to flourish due to the lack of regulations. The office’s latest initiative, which aims to stop puppy mills and dogfighting, is a huge step in protecting animals.
Puppy mills and dogfighting are two of the largest leading causes of animal abuse. Both operations treat animals inhumanely and need to be stopped immediately. Although it will be a hard task to monitor puppy stores and dogfighting rings, I commend the Attorney General’s office for its new goal in attempting to stop these horrible practices.
Thank you for caring for the welfare of pets.
[Your Name Here]
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