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City Council Members Graded for Their Support of Pets, Wildlife

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City Council Members Graded for Their Support of Pets, Wildlife

New York, January 15 ? Some City Council Members got "purrs" while others got "growls" on the 2007 City Council Humane Scorecard, released today by the League of Humane Voters of New York City (LOHV-NYC). In the scorecard, LOHV-NYC examines the 51 Council Members? records on animal welfare issues?such as pet-friendly housing, wildlife protection, humane education, etc.?and grades them on a scale of 0 to 100. For the first year ever, LOHV-NYC?s Scorecard will also track individual Council Members? funding of animal-friendly (and un-friendly) projects.

"Animal lovers will howl when they find out that Speaker Christine Quinn and 9 other members of the City Council are getting zeros on our City Council Humane Scorecard," said John Phillips, LOHV-NYC?s Executive Director. "Many New Yorkers care deeply about animal welfare. Our City Council Humane Scorecard will shed light on politicians? voting records and hold them accountable to their constituents."

The 51 Council Members were graded based on their support for six issues: Resolution 497, related to humane education in city schools; Introduction 13, related to allowing pets in housing; Introduction 417, related to requiring that pet stores install fire sprinklers; Introduction 389, related to protecting wild animals used in circuses; Introduction 652, related to increasing rates for carriage horse operators (which LOHV-NYC opposes); and Introduction 331, related to pedicab restrictions (which LOHV-NYC opposed).

Six Council Members got perfect scores on this year?s Humane Scorecard, including Council Members Rosie Mendez, Gale Brewer, Helen Foster, Annabel Palma, Tony Avella and Hiram Monserrate. Ten got a failing grade of 0, including Council Speaker Christine Quinn - who LOHV-NYC credits with blocking numerous animal welfare bills - and Council Members Maria Baez, Leroy Comrie, Dennis Gallagher, David Yassky, Erik Martin Dilan, Mathieu Eugene, Simcha Felder, Domenic Recchia and Vincent Ignizio.

Manhattan Council Members came out on top again this year, with an average score of 64%. The Bronx was not far behind with an average score of 60%, nearly double what it was last year. Queens came in with 41%, Brooklyn with 39% and Staten Island with 20%, down from last year?s 27%. The average score for the Council as a whole was 47%, up from 38% last year.

The 2007 City Council Humane Scorecard is available for download at http://www.humanenyc....­
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