Local elected officials defend animal rights

New York should not be complicit in promoting this type of animal abuse.

– Brian Shapiro, New York State Director of the Humane Society of the United States.

UTICA — The New York State Legislature has passed several animal awareness laws that are now heading to the office of New York State Governor Kathy Hochul.

Assemblywoman Marianne Buttenschon, D-119 Marcy, hosted a shelter animal awareness event Tuesday at the front exterior plaza of the Utica State Office Building to speak on behalf of the Puppy Mill Pipeline Bill she co-sponsors, as well as the other animal awareness legislation she supports. Buttenschon was joined by local officials, community members and representatives from Anita’s Stevens Swan Humane Society, the Humane Society of the United States, the New York Farm Bureau and the Utica Zoo.

New York State Assembly Bill A4283, also known as the Puppy Mill Pipeline Bill, seeks to end the sale of mass-produced animals by puppy mills, due to the nature of the conditions and neglect animals experience as a result of their commercial production.

“A lot of our pets are members of our family,” Buttenschon said. “We want to make sure they received the proper care when they were born. What we see is that this bill has looked at the importance of the breeders who provide that care. Obviously, in many ways, we see how important it is to talk to our human societies, because they are the ones who need to come forward, help us and be part of this process.

The following New York State Assembly bills have passed both the Assembly and the New York State Senate:

  • Bill A4283, which prohibits the sale of dogs, cats and rabbits in retail pet stores and allows spaces for adoption.
  • Bill A5653B, which prohibits both the manufacture and sale of cosmetics tested on animals.
  • Bill A6246C, which sets standards for animal care in shelters.
  • Bill A9284A, which prohibits insurers from excluding, limiting, restricting or reducing the coverage of a home insurance policy based on the breed of the dog.
  • Bill A9296, which allows the return of a non-violent dog to its registered owner.

The following New York State Assembly bill has been passed by the New York State Assembly and will be voted on in the Senate:

  • Bill A715, which authorizes emergency medical personnel to provide basic first aid to cats and dogs.

Buttenschon hopes that by raising awareness of the bipartisan support and passage of the animal awareness bills, Governor Hochul will take swift action to enact them.

“There’s no reason New York consumers should find themselves in a situation where they want to have a pet and go to a pet store, which is the furthest thing from being a responsible breeder,” said New York State Executive Brian Shapiro. of the Humane Society of the United States. “These are animals being brought into the state and being kicked out like they’re gimmicks in some type of factory and New York should not be complicit in promoting this type of animal abuse.”

According to the New York State Governor’s Office, Governor Hochul is currently reviewing the legislation.