We’ve had some good developments in fighting the Quick Kill Bill lately. We’ve enlisted the help of Assemblyman Joe Lentol to kill the bill, informed the office of Speaker Sheldon Silver, and today the first ad opposing the bill appeared in the major newspaper of sponsor Amy Paulin’s district – and I would like to express my heartfelt thanks to animal lovers all over the world who donated to place that ad and inform her constituents of her intentions.
Despite all of that, the bill is not yet dead. Assemblywoman Amy Paulin has made noises about reaching out to opponents of the bill, but has not actually done so as of yet – indeed, when experts pointed out some of the more obvious flaws in her bill at the beginning of the process, she rejected their input and later labeled opponents of her Quick Kill Bill misguided, uninformed and uneducated. It’s time to put this horrible legislation away.
Every bill before the New York State Assembly gathers sponsors and multisponsors; assemblypersons who sign up to support and cheerlead for the bill. Our efforts have caused three sponsors/multisponsors to withdraw their support, but several remain. WE ARE GETTING RESULTS! IF YOU ARE A NEW YORKER, and especially if you are a constituent of one of the remaining sponsors, please follow EACH of these three links and email to remaining sponsors of this bill asking them to withdraw their sponsorship. Text has been provided, but as always adding your own heartfelt and polite message is helpful. These sponsors are not necessarily the enemy; most are merely uninformed as to the true intent of this legislation.
If you can do even more, please call their offices in addition to sending email, especially if you are one of their constituents or know someone who is and will call, and politely request that they withdraw their sponsorship of A05449, Amy Paulin’s Quick Kill Bill.
Remaining legislative sponsors of the Quick Kill Bill:
Margaret Markey (Queens) 718-651-3185
Robert Sweeney (Suffolk Cty) 631-957-2087
Matthew Titone (Staten Island) 718-442-9932
Francisco Moya (Queens) 718-458-5367
Felix Ortiz (Brooklyn) 718-492-6334
Peter Rivera (Bronx) 718-931-2620
Naomi Rivera (Bronx) 718-409-0109
William Boyland (Brooklyn) 718-498-8681
Richard Gottifried (Manhattan) 212-807-7900
John McEneny (Albany) 518-455-4178
Joan Millman (Brooklyn) 718-246-4889
Michelle Schimel (Nassau Cty) 516-482-6966
Fred Thiele, Jr (Suffolk Cty) 631-537-2583
If any of these offices say that they have withdrawn their support, please contact me so I can confirm, announce, and remove them from the list! Thanks!
If you are NOT a New York State resident, please continue to contact the Chair of the ASPCA board to let her know how disappointed you are with her organization for their support of the Quick Kill Bill, and let Assemblywoman Paulin know that the opposition to her bill is national in scope.
Let’s get this done so we can move on to the next step – passing CAARA and SAVING more of New York State’s animals!