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June 26, 2014

Two Wildlife Bills are on the Governor's Desk. Ask Him to Sign Them Now!

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Dear Friend,

The New York legislature has passed two crucial animal welfare bills this year, and we need your help to get them across the finish line!

A. 10143/S. 7890, introduced by Assemblyman Sweeney and Senators Lanza and Avella, addresses the escalating elephant and rhino poaching crisis. It is estimated that more than 86,000 elephants have been poached since January 2012. Many experts warn that certain populations of these majestic animals could be only a few years away from extinction. Rhinos are suffering a similar fate, with some populations on the brink of disappearing. More than 1,000 rhinos were killed in South Africa last year alone: a record high. Unfortunately, the lucrative ivory and rhino horn trade thrives in New York. This bill would restrict the sale of ivory and rhino horn.

Meanwhile, A. 9004/S. 6903, introduced by Assemblywoman Rosenthal and Senator Avella, prohibits public contact with big cats. Unfortunately, petting zoos, photo opportunities, and other hands-on sessions with big cats are all too common—and the stories behind these exhibits are heartbreaking. The cubs are cute and cuddly, but they come from a vicious cycle of breeding and exploitation. It’s standard in this industry to separate babies from their mothers, because young animals are easier to handle. When they outgrow their use at petting zoos, the animals are discarded and often land in other unqualified hands—fueling the exotic pet trade.

Both of these bills have passed the legislature and are now on Governor Cuomo’s desk. Please ask him to sign these crucial bills into law, and help save these intelligent, remarkable animals.

For the animals,

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