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NYS Legislators Graded for Support of Animal Protection

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League of Humane Voters of New York City Grades New York State Senate and Assembly Based on Support for Animal Welfare Legislation

New York, October 1 – The League of Humane Voters of New York City (LOHV-NYC), an organization devoted to electing humane lawmakers and lobbying for stronger animal welfare laws, released its first New York State Legislature Humane Scorecard today. The scorecard tracks lawmakers’ votes for and against legislation to protect animals during the 2007-2008 legislative session.

“If we want strong laws to protect animals, we must hold politicians accountable to their constituents. With our Humane Scorecard, we do just that,” said John Phillips, LOHV-NYC’s executive director. “Our New York State Legislature Humane Scorecard brings Albany lawmakers’ voting records to light just in time for Election Day.”

New York’s 62 State senators were graded based on their support for the following bills: 1) banning the slaughter of horses for food; 2) prohibiting felons from owning dangerous dogs; 3) penalizing spectators at dogfights; 4) banning the genital electrocution of fur-bearing animals; 5) imposing a moratorium on the opening of new live markets; 6) allowing children to hunt (which LOHV-NYC opposes); 7) requiring fur products to be labeled real or faux; 8) protecting downed animals; 9) allowing police and peace officers to rescue dogs in hot cars; and 10) banning cosmetic animal testing where proven alternatives are available. Five of the 62 State senators got a perfect rating on LOHV-NYC’s scorecard: Frank Padavan (R-11), Serphin Maltese (R-15), Tom Duane (D-29), John DeFrancisco (R-50) and Catharine Young (D-57). The average score for the Republican-controlled State Senate was 89%.

New York’s 150 State assembly members were graded on their support for the following bills: 1) penalizing spectators at dogfights; 2) requiring fur products to be labeled real or faux; 3) imposing restrictions on pet dealers; 4) banning cosmetic testing on animals where alternatives are available; 5) protecting downed animals; 6) banning “canned hunts” where fenced-in animals are killed for trophies; 7) allowing children to hunt (which LOHV-NYC opposes); 8) imposing a moratorium on the opening of new live markets; 9) banning the genital electrocution of fur-bearing animals; and 10) allowing police and peace officers to rescue dogs in hot cars. Seventeen of the 150 State assembly members got a perfect rating on LOHV-NYC’s scorecard: Patricia Eddington (WF-3), Margaret Markey (D-30), Barbara Clark (D-33), Helene Weinstein (D-41), Steve Cymbrowitz (D-45), William Colton (D-47), Felix Ortiz (D-51), Deborah Glick (D-66), Linda Rosenthal (D-67), Adriano Espaillat (D-72), Brian Kavanagh (D-74), Jeffrey Dinowitz (D-81), Carl Heastie (D-83), Ruben Diaz, Jr. (D-85), Luis Diaz (D-86), Amy Paulin (D-88) and Sam Hoyt (D-144). The average score for the Democratically-controlled State Assembly is 81%.

The lowest scoring member of the New York State Legislature is Assemblywoman Catherine Nolan of Queens. Nolan got a 30% on LOHV-NYC’s scorecard for missing votes on 7 out of 10 bills graded. Four other Assembly members got 50% or less, mostly for missing important votes: Adam Clayton Powell IV (D-68) with 40%; Jose Rivera (D-78) with 40%; Naomi Rivera (D-80) with 50%; and Tom Kirwan (R-100) with 50%.

The 2007-2008 New York State Legislature Humane Scorecard is available for download at http://www.humanenyc....­
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