Time's Running Out to Protect Dogs and Cats! Urge the NYS Senate Agriculture Committee to Pass the Devocalization Ban--and Prevent This Cruelty--NOW.
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Countdown to June 21: That's when the 2011-12 NYS legislative session ends, and without your continued activism, it could also be the end of our hope for an enforceable law banning devocalization of dogs and cats. This practice is so cruel, it has long been illegal in many countries and since 2010 in Massachusetts. It's time for New York to step up. You may have contacted certain NYS lawmakers already.
Here's why you now need to call members of the Senate Agriculture Committee:
Senate Bill 6167B (S6167B) can’t pass unless it gets a floor vote before the session ends in just four short weeks. That can’t happen until it’s released from the Agriculture Committee and after that, the Senate Codes Committee. It needs to move without delay.
Problem is, Agriculture has held this bill since January, with no sign of letting go.
An aide reportedly told pro-animal callers that this humane bill is “not important enough to consider.”
We respectfully disagree.
We think protecting dogs’ and cats’ voices, wellbeing and lives is plenty important. Please help lawmakers understand that.
FIRST: Tell These Two Powerful Senators That You'd Like NYS to Prohibit Devocalization of Dogs and Cats NOW.
Tell the office of Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos at 518-455-3171: “I’d like the senator’s help ensuring S6167B becomes lawthis session, without amendments that would change its intent or reduce enforceability.”
Tell the office of Senate Agriculture Chair Patty Ritchie at 518-455-3438: "Please ask the senator to release S6167B from Agriculture favorably now, without amendments that would change its intent or reduce enforceablity. It deserves a floor vote!”
Be Sure to Call Committee Members Too. They’ve Heard From Pro-Devocalization Lobbies. Now They Need to Hear From Pro-Animal Voices!
Agriculture committee members have been lobbied heavily by the veterinary association to defeat this humane bill—vets profit from devocalization! Now they need to hear from you. Emails are often ignored, online petitions don't influence lawmakers. But every call counts. Yours matters.
Which Committee Members Should You Call? Start With ... ... your own senator (in Albany, not Washington) if s/he is on this list. Don’t know who your NYS senator is? Click and type your address in the Find My Senator form.
Then Call the Rest If You Can. If You Can't Call Them All ... Please call at least two (in addition to Senators Skelos and Ritchie). Here’s a way to ensure each senator gets some calls. If you have a dog, call numbers 1-2. If you have a cat, call numbers 3-4. If you have both, call numbers 5-6. If you have neither, call numbers 7-9—then adopt a pet from a local shelter or rescue group!
Senate Agriculture Committee 1. Sen. Tony Avella, 518-455-2210 2. Sen. Patrick M. Gallivan, 518-455-3471 3. Sen. Shirley L. Huntley, 518-455-3531 4. Sen. Timothy M. Kennedy, 518-455-2426 5. Sen. Thomas. F. O’Mara, 518-455-2091 6. Sen. Michael H. Razenhofer, 518-455-3161 7. Sen. James. L. Seward, 518-455-3131 8. Sen. David J. Valesky, 518-455-2838 9. Sen. Catharine Young, 518-455-3563
What to Say to an Aide: “Please ask the senator to release S6167B from Agriculture favorably now, without amendments that would change its intent or reduce enforceablity. It deserves a floor vote!”
Some aides may try to confuse you; some are argumentative. Don't debate. Repeat your message politely and say "thank you."
Get voicemail? Leave a brief message, then call back till you speak with an aide. Don't give up!