On Tuesday, February 1, NYC Mayor Michael Bloomberg signed two pet-friendly bills into Law. This is the first time companion animal legislation has been passed in New York City in nearly 10 years.
"We are grateful for the enactment of these two very important bills, which will improve the lives of New York City’s two- and four-legged residents,” says Michelle Villagomez, ASPCA Senior Manager of Advocacy. “We look forward to working with the City to address other issues affecting New York's animals."
Intro. 328, which passed 41-7, will increase the city’s annual dog licensing fee for unaltered pet dogs from $11.50 to $34.00. The money raised by this increase will be used to help fight pet overpopulation through spay/neuter services and educational outreach.
The Council also voted 47-1 to pass Intro. 425, which bans tethering an animal for more than three hours in a 12-hour period. The bill also prohibits the use of certain inhumane restraints for tethering, such as heavy steel chains and choke or pinch collars. First-time violators will receive a summons or, if the animal is injured, a fine of up to $250. Repeat offenders face fines of up to $500 and three months in jail.
On February 3, theASPCA presented a $20,000 grant to Southeast Llama Rescue (SELR) to help transport 300 llamas to foster care facilities across the country. The llamas were among more than 1,000 severely neglected animals abandoned at the Montana Large Animal Sanctuary after its financial collapse last December. Horses, emus, bison, pot-bellied pigs and cows were among the other species rescued from the scene.
“We were deeply saddened to hear about the suffering all of these animals were forced to endure,” says Allison Cardona, Director of Operations for ASPCA Field Investigations and Response. “We’re glad to be able to assist the Southeast Llama Rescue with vital transportation for the rescued llamas.”
The llamas will be relocated to foster homes in various states—including California, Nebraska, Oklahoma, Illinois, Colorado, Indiana, New York, New Mexico, Missouri, Washington, Utah and Texas—where they will remain for at least 45 days to address medical needs and provide rehabilitation. Once in good health, the llamas will be made available for adoption and placed in loving forever homes.
“These animals were in desperate need of food, medical care and socialization—it’s encouraging to see so many groups working together to give them the second chance they deserve,” adds Cardona.
Take Action For more information on how you can help the rescued llamas or for details on the adoption process, please visit the Southeast Llama Rescue.
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Attention pet parents, there is new gadget on the market geared solely to putting an end to pet fornication. The Gas Girdle is a comfy-to-wear farting machine produced by our very own pet purity crusaders at HelpJoey.com. So how does it work? Simply strap the Gas Girdle around your pet’s abdomen, hide…and wait. As soon as you catch him getting ready for some serious action, press the remote control button to produce one of several different farting sounds. Tada! The dirty deed is averted—at least till the next time.
“We all know the biggest turnoff during sex is farting,” says Joey of HelpJoey.com. “That’s why we created the Gas Girdle. They’re cool. They’re comfortable. And we’re pretty sure they’re going to put an end to animal overpopulation—at least until everyone spays or neuters their pets.”
Through a series of slapstick video escapades, Joey continues to spread his “StopChasingTail” campaign in effort to help end pet overpopulation.
On Monday, January 24, U.S. Representative Dan Burton (R-IN) gave a five-minute statement on the floor of the U.S. House of Representatives in which he expressed his strong opposition to the Bureau of Land Management’s (BLM) ongoing mismanagement of our nation’s wild horse and burro populations.
Specifically, Rep. Burton took the BLM and its director, Bob Abbey, to task for its wasteful spending and its inability to work toward creative solutions. The BLM recently rejected a proposal by wild-horse advocate Madeline Pickens to relocate thousands of captive wild horses to her Nevada property, the “Saving America’s Mustangs Ranch.” These horses are currently kept in desolate, long-term government holding facilities at taxpayer expense.
“This is another bureaucratic nightmare that we in this Congress should not—and I don’t believe will—put up with,” said Rep. Burton. “We ought to cut the Bureau of Land Management’s budget so that we can save the money and save the mustangs. That’s what this is all about—a humane way of treating the mustangs in this country, which are a part of our heritage.”
If you would like to personally thank Rep. Burton for being the voice of America’s wild horses in Congress, please mail a letter to his district office: 8900 Keystone at the Crossing, Suite 1050, Indianapolis, Indiana 46240-7646.
Please continue visiting ASPCA.org and join the Advocacy Brigade to stay on top of developments to this story and to help us in our ongoing efforts to protect America's wild horses.
Hey animal lovers, did you know that you don’t have to be an animal cop, lawyer or judge to help fight animal cruelty? It’s true! The fact is, individual actions go a long way in helping to protect animals and even the smallest of efforts bring about big change!
Have you ever talked a colleague into spaying or neutering his cat to prevent unwanted litters? Or convinced a group of friends to join you in hosting a benefit for your local shelter? Maybe you organized a special rally in support of humane legislation or bravely made the call that saved a starving dog in your neighborhood. Whatever the action, rest assured you have made a world of difference for the animals involved!
That said, we want to honor your actions for animals—and inspire you to take even more! Whether you stopped a community event from raffling off a live animal as a door prize, became a feral cat colony caretaker or got your school to cancel a trip to the circus—we want to hear about it!