Support Blueprint for Animal Welfare in New York

Target: Mayor Bill de Blasio

Goal: Improve the welfare of companion, work, and urban animals

A recent animal rights rally in New York culminated in the presentation of a document outlining steps that could dramatically improve the lives of animals in the state. New York already has some of the most advanced animal welfare laws in the country. If successful, this blueprint could set the standard for animal welfare across the country, and deserves our support.

The “Blueprint for Change for Animals,” as it has come to be known, was created by a team including New York State Senator Tony Avella, Coalition to Ban-Horse Drawn Carriages, Friends of Animals, In Defense of Animals, League of Humane Voters, and Save Our Shelter Animals. It details steps concerning the abuse and neglect of companion animals, protection for geese and other urban wildlife, the ban of horse-drawn carriages, and the enforcement of animal cruelty laws. The blueprint will be presented to Mayor Bill de Blasio, who has already vowed that he will do whatever he can during his term to improve the living conditions and welfare standards for animals throughout the city.

Not only is this the first plan developed in the U.S. that includes provisions for domesticated animals as well as work animals, circus animals, and urban wildlife, it is also the first of such documents to be drafted out of cooperation between animal welfare organizations and the legislative government. This by no means guarantees its success, but it does signal a future in which the U.S. government takes animal welfare seriously.

The issue of horse-drawn carriages, specifically, has become a hot topic in New York after statistics regarding the number of horses suffering injury and death from traffic accidents became public knowledge. De Blasio has stated that he hopes to put an end to the practice, as it is cruel and no longer necessary, and hopefully the blueprint will be enough fodder to make this a reality.

Please take a moment to sign the petition below and support the “Blueprint for Change for Animals” so that the animals of New York, both companion and not, can have the protection they deserve.


Dear Mayor deBlasio,

A coalition of government officials and animal welfare advocates recently developed a document entitled the “Blueprint for Change for Animals” that will be presented to you in the hope that you will use it to improve the welfare standards for companion and work animals, as well as urban wildlife throughout the city. This includes the polarizing issue of banning horse-drawn carriages.

You have already stated your intention to protect animals during your term and I hope that you will take this blueprint seriously. New York has long been a leader for animal welfare in the U.S. and being the first city to provide equal protection for work and urban animals would be a powerful statement.


[Your Name Here]

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