The Quick Kill Bill: On Progress and Tactics

We’ve made huge progress in hastening the defeat of the Quick Kill Bill. Thanks to you, the Assembly bill has lost a total of nine co-sponsors and has only six remaining. Even better, the sponsor of the Senate companion legislation has withdrawn his support and his bill, leaving the Quick Kill Bill without Senate support.

You can keep track of the progress here on this post, which I keep updated with all the latest information – and all current Assembly supporters are listed there with their office numbers as well as email links to contact them. Please don’t stop contacting these Assembly members and asking them to withdraw their support.

Word is coming from Amy Paulin’s camp that she is frightened of the opposition and that her office has received threats against her. I don’t know if that’s true or not, but I expect her to begin making that claim to the press within the next few days. If there is in fact anyone out there pursuing personal threats or intimating violence against Ms. Paulin, I have a message for you: stop. It is not only wrong, it is spectacularly unhelpful and unnecessary, enabling her to paint her opposition – us – in a very unflattering light. We need not any threat of violence while we have the truth, and violent rhetoric serves no purpose other than to marginalize us. Don’t do it, and don’t stand by if you see others doing it. Many of us involved in this fight are also proponents of the philosophy of No Kill, which is at its core a philosophy of kindness and consideration. Violence and the threat thereof has no place there.

Keep fighting the bill. Don’t stop. But fight it with the truth, fight it with logic, fight it with heart. It’s not long now.

Nonviolence is the weapon of the strong.
-Ghandi

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  • Daniela

    I wonder if Amy Paulin still believes in this bill or if she is just holding on because she can’t admit defeat.

  • jbsibley

    I would bet on the latter. A sensible politician would have dropped this by now.

    On the other hand, every day she wants to draw this out gets us closer to her re-election bid… which would give us a chance to kill the bill and get her out of office simultaneously.

  • Perhaps she is pursuing a reward that we don’t know about.

    • Clara – No Kill Buffalo-Niagara

      I can’t help thinking the same thing, what does she have to gain by continuing her support with all the indications that her sponsorship of this bill will not gain her support among the voters?

    • Karen F

      I agree, Valerie and Clara. I’m sure the ASPCA, which can give her money and connections to support her political ambitions, has promised her both. I’ve been assuming she has her eye on a future Congressional bid, but there’s also been speculation that Christine Quinn has promised her a prominent post in the mayoral administration. Regardless of the particular prize Paulin has her eye on, a quid-pro-quo arrangement is clearly what we’re looking at here. Nothing else could explain Paulin’s behavior.

  • jbsibley

    I’m not sure why Christine Quinn would put a Westchester pol in her administration, that doesn’t make much sense to me. Paulin’s focus has never been NYC (except when someone’s paying her to write shelter laws that the NYC shelter wants).

  • Daniela

    Her political ambitions will go up in smoke if every time people hear her name they say “Oh yeah – she’s the one who wants to kill your pet before you even know they are lost”. At the end of the day she still serves at the behest of the public and if noone votes for her it doesn’t matter how many connections the ASPCA gives her. I wouldn’t be surprised if the ASPCA drops her either – they won’t want to be attached to the politician who couldn’t get reelected because her nickname is “quick kill”.

  • Update

    The Scarsdale Inquirer published a front-page article (“Paulin Law Excites Wrath of Animal Rights Advocates”) written by the editor portraying Paulin, a resident, as a victim of vitriolic backlash, i.e., needing protection from State police, etc., and mentioning her prior animal rights initiatives. It attempted to address the hot-buttons of A5449 but neglected the wider context of the ASPCA, Mayor’s Alliance, the daily abuses of the shelter system nationwide, et al. which of course the editor would have no reason to know about. I knew the wagons would circle to protect her as she is truly adored in her hometown. It’s going to take an enormous, coordinated effort to change the opinion of her here–the response of most people is, “Why is she DOING this?” No one associates her with any prior animal rights legislation and sees this law as unnecessary. I am also pretty sure that rank and file citizens don’t care about homeless animals on the level of the readership here which deeply grieves me considering so many people have companion animals at home. To quote Noam Chomsky, people have to work and then are so tired, they have no energy to protest. Also, with all due respect, I have not seen ANYONE save myself in this immediate area handing out or posting flyers as John Sibley suggested

  • A concerned New Yorker

    With all due respect Update, first of all kudos to you for handling out and posting flyers. I don’t live in Westchester or I would be there as well. That said, I sent a letter to the Scarsdale paper pointing out errors in their article and originally the editor said she would publish it. She retracted that offer when the publisher weighed in saying only people in Scarsdale can post a letter to the editor. So, instead, many of us are calling the assembly members who are still supporting the bill and working behind the scenes in other ways. Remember, we all have to work together and it sounds to me like you are doing a terrific job.

    • Update

      Not looking for kudos…call me Cranky at this point and not Update. This has been an intensive first immersion in No-Kill issues, and upsetting that many pet owners have not felt the indignation and urgency that the issue has raised in me. However, it was incredibly rewarding to call Assembly offices and ask members to withdraw support–a fantastic feeling of exercising a political voice and enjoying that particular freedom. Titone’s chief of staff said, “What’s the solution?” “The solution? You want a solution?” I shot back. “I’ll tell you: It’s A7312.” I am grateful for this experience and thankful to everyone for doing what they choose to do to fight this piece of crap legislation.