Destiny’s Children, NYCACC, and the Quick Kill Bill

This adorable little cat is Destiny. At about three years old, she’s just barely mature herself, and she came into New York City Animal Care and Control as a stray along with her two kittens. When she first came in on Feb 10, she was noted to be friendly and relaxed, purring when she was petted and soliciting attention at the front of her enclosure. She was given a behavior rating of “beginner”, the highest behavior rating given.

The kittens who came in with her were old enough to eat on their own, so they were separated to be adopted separately – but once her kittens were taken from her, Destiny became more aggressive. She still solicited attention at the front of her enclosure, but growled and swatted at the hands of those who tried to touch her.

As an animal lover, I understand this. Although the kittens needed to be separated for adoption to give the whole family the best chance at a good life, mother Destiny took that very hard. She needs understanding, support, and a safe and quiet place to recover – perhaps in a foster home with an experienced cat person.

Instead, NYCACC put her on the kill list for behavior – and not only that, but she was rated “New Hope Only” by virtue of daring to swat at a human hand, meaning that only a registered and approved rescue partner of NYCACC could save her life. Adoption or rescue by the general public was forbidden.

These are the “experts” of sheltering whom Amy Paulin’s Quick Kill Bill would empower to immediately execute animals whom they judged to be in “psychological pain”, bypassing the mandatory stray hold period designed to allow an owner to find their animal.

Is Destiny in psychological pain? I would say so – and I’m betting that NYCACC would too, since they judged her behavior extreme enough to shuttle her to the kill list. Since the terms of a grant that funds them prohibits killing healthy animals, she will undoubtedly be categorized by them as “unhealthy and untreatable” – too sick to live.

Pets Alive stepped up to take Destiny. At their small, private shelter actual experts will evaluate her and then provide her with what she needs to make a full recovery and have her be a happy, friendly cat once again. I have no doubt that they will succeed.

Don’t put up with this. If you haven’t spoken out against the Quick Kill Bill, we need you now. We cannot have life and death decisions being made by people who care so little, people for whom death is a first resort and not a last. Make them hear you – today.

What You Can Do:
If — and ONLY if — you are a New York Resident, please contact NYS Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver and ask him not to allow this bill to reach the Assembly floor. There is text provided for you, but as always adding your own heartfelt and polite message is always more effective.

For those outside of New York who want to register your voice, there are three things you can and should do:
Please thank Assembly Member Lentol, a fantastic ally in the New York State Legislature to stop the Quick Kill Bill.
Please contact the Chair of the ASPCA Board and let her know how disappointed you are that they have written and are supporting this terrible legislation.
Please contact companies who support the ASPCA through donations and ask them not to support organizations that kill animals.
And finally, please let Assembly Member Paulin, author of the Quick Kill bill, know of your opposition.

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  • I wouldnt focus as much on teh “psychological pain” part (as the ASPCA agrees that the wording was poor and will be changed – Of course, I do wanna see HOW they change it, but I’ll give them that chance)

    I’m more concerned with the part about how the shelter will have discretion about which animal rescues will be allowed access to pulling animals. As we ALL know (and I’m sure the ASPCA is aware of this too), Julie Bank (Exec Director of NYC AC&C) is well known for being spiteful, and in fact, has threatened rescues with retribution if they dare say anything negative about conditions at the NYC AC&C.

    That part of their bill is the main reason one must support CAARA over their’s in my opinion.

    Harris Bloom

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