June 26, 2014
Two Wildlife Bills are on the Governor's Desk. Ask Him to Sign Them Now!
The New York legislature has passed two crucial
animal welfare bills this year, and we need your help to get them across the
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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