NY legislation for shelter animals must support life

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Gov. Kathy Hochul is on the precipice of signing legislation that will cause the immoral and inhumane deaths of millions of shelter pets — simply for being terrified. Shelter animals have every right to tremble in New York State kill shelters. They smell death, are often kept in conditions a citizen would be arrested for, are betrayed by their person, or got lost — not understanding how they wandered from heaven and entered hell.

This bill, entitled the Companion Animal Care Standards Act, is sponsored by Assemblywoman Amy Paulin, D-Westchester, and co-sponsored by many — including Assemblywoman Donna Lupardo, D-Endwell. Paulin appears to be on a decade-long barbarous mission to legislate that kill pounds should be given the right to quickly destroy animals for perceived psychological pain. In 2012, according to the New York Times, she attempted to pass a “quick kill bill” which would have done so. Due to extreme public outrage the bill was thwarted.

New York Governor Kathy Hochul speaks at the Dayspring Community Center in Yonkers Aug.  8, 2022. Hochul visited the community center where she signed several bills related to housing affordability for senior citizens and others.

Currently, Paulin is sponsoring similar legislation, yet she uses more deviously vague language that will end the lives of frightened shelter animals. The Companion Animal Care Standards Act is a near-replica of a now defunct bill which was sponsored by self-proclaimed animal lover, former State Senator Monica Martinez, D-Long Island.

One clause in Martinez’s legislative death warrant for homeless shelter animals: “Any animal in the custody or possession of a licensed animal shelter that is observed to be experiencing mental suffering or behavioral deterioration shall be assessed and appropriately treated.” If treatment sufficient to alleviate mental suffering or behavioral deterioration cannot be provided and alternative placement for the animal is unavailable, humane euthanasia can be performed.”

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