Big doin’s on the Quick Kill Bill today: it was voted on in the NYS Assembly Agricultural Committee today (Wed 2/15), and I’m sorry to say that it passed by a vote of 16-6.
All, however, is not lost and there is also good news to report; this is but the first step that a bill in New York has to get through to become a law and we have powerful allies lining up to oppose this bill, including Best Friends Animal Society (their CEO, Gregory Castle, also wrote this blog on the subject), Alley Cat Allies, Michael Mountain of Zoe, and the No Kill Nation, and of course Pets Alive, among others. Every day we grow in strength, and together we sent nearly 15,000 emails in opposition with less than 1 week of notice. The bill’s sponsor, NYS Asw. Amy Paulin, has seen her Facebook page absolutely crushed with opposition and a parody page has sprung up that has nearly as many “likes” as her own.
It will now move on to the Codes Committee, where it would need to pass to go on to a vote on the Assembly floor – but in the Codes Committee we have a powerful ally and true animal lover in Chairman Joseph Lentol, who has announced his intention to not allow the bill to report out of his committee, which would stop it cold.
With the Chairman of the Codes Committee on our side, there is but one route left: the only way to move the bill forward would be if the Speaker of the Assembly, Sheldon Silver, forced the bill to the floor for a vote, and this is undoubtedly the route the opposition will attempt. With all other progress blocked, Speaker Silver is the only man who could permit the bill to move forward… and thus he must hear from us.
If – and ONLY if – you are a New York Resident, please contact NYS Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver through this email link 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. You may also call the Speaker’s office (and that’s always a very powerful option) to register your opinion on bill A05449 at 212-312-1420 – please do this ONLY if you are a New York State resident, as the legislature in NY is known to be sensitive to the interference of “outsiders”.
If you are NOT a New York State resident, there is still plenty you can do – you can thank Aseemblyman Lentol for his leadership, contact the Chair of the ASPCA board to let her know how disappointed you are with her organization, and let Assemblywoman Paulin know that the opposition to her bill is national in scope.
New Yorkers, we need you. This bill has the power to set back the cause of animal welfare in New York State by 40 years, but we only need to convince one person to oppose it to end it. Let’s let him know.