Resolution J3129-2013

Memorializing Governor Andrew M. Cuomo to declare June 4, 2013, as Animal Advocacy Day in the State of New York



  • May 30, 2013: REFERRED TO FINANCE


LEGISLATIVE RESOLUTION memorializing Governor Andrew M. Cuomo to declare
June 4, 2013, as Animal Advocacy Day in the State of New York

WHEREAS,  It is the sense of this Legislative Body that all living crea-
tures have value and to recognize and appreciate the service, companion-
ship, loyalty, unconditional love and happiness  animals  bring  to  the
lives of New Yorkers; and
  WHEREAS,  Attendant to such concern, and in full accord with its long-
standing traditions, this Legislative Body is justly honored to  memori-
alize  Governor Andrew M. Cuomo to declare June 4, 2013, as Animal Advo-
cacy Day in the State of New York; and
  WHEREAS, Animals are a beloved and cherished member  of  many  of  our
families  and play a positive role in the lives of so many of New York's
citizens; and
  WHEREAS, Pets offer companionship  in  more  than  71  million  United
States  households, and studies have shown companion animals can provide
a variety of health benefits; and
  WHEREAS, Companion animals provide comfort and assistance  to  seniors
and people with disabilities; and
  WHEREAS, Companion animals play an important role helping police, fire
departments,  and  search  and rescue efforts to keep our citizens safe;
  WHEREAS, Animal abuse, cruelty and neglect result in unnecessary  pain
and suffering to animals; and
  WHEREAS,  Violence  against animals is a bridge crime that can and has
led to violence against people; and
  WHEREAS, In 1999, a statewide petition drive  was  initiated  to  help
pass  the  landmark  Buster's  Law  which created the felony category of
"aggravated cruelty to animals," punishable by up to two years in prison
and a $5,000 fine; prior to  this  bill  becoming  law,  animal  cruelty
resulted  in  only misdemeanor penalties, if any charges were imposed at
all; and
  WHEREAS, It is vital that we encourage empathy and compassion for  our
companion  animals and we provide a voice for those who cannot speak for
themselves; and
  WHEREAS, Previous Animal Advocacy Day events promoted  the  importance
of increased penalties against the viewing of animal fighting and crimi-
nalizing materials and paraphernalia used to train animals for fighting,
and advocating its passage into law; and
  WHEREAS,  On  June 4, 2013, New York animal advocates, supporters, pet
owners, and citizens come together to support, protect, and  acknowledge
all  animals'  positive  contribution  to  society and the family of New
York; now, therefore, be it
  RESOLVED, That this Legislative Body pause  in  its  deliberations  to
memorialize  Governor Andrew M. Cuomo to declare June 4, 2013, as Animal
Advocacy Day in the State of New York; and be it further
  RESOLVED, That a copy of this Resolution, suitably engrossed, be tran-
smitted to The Honorable Andrew M. Cuomo, Governor of the State  of  New


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