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Animal Advocacy Day

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Animal rights are everybody's rights. There is no excuse for animal cruelty and those who commit such a disgusting crime should be punished. The first Tuesday of June this year is Animal Advocacy Day. Animal Advocacy Day is a lobbying event at the New York State Capitol dedicated to lobbying against animal cruelty and to strengthen Buster's Law. 

Buster's Law created the felony category "aggravated cruelty to animals," making animal cruelty acts punishable by up to two years in prison and a $5,000 fine. Buster's Law was named after an 18-month-old tabby cat who suffered a horrific death at the hands of heartless humans. 
Assemblyman Jim Tedisco and Senator Greg Ball joined forces to start the first Animal Advocacy Day in June 2011. Since then, this event has been held annually in an effort to bring together more animal advocates to push for further legislation for animal rights.

 

NYS Animal Advocacy Day has its own Facebook page where updates are given as to what legislation has passed and what is on the docket for the future. This year, “Kirby & Quigley’s Law” is the main attraction. “Kirby & Quigley’s Law” was named after two Montgomery County dogs who were killed during a burglary last winter that is still an unsolved case. Several lobbyists, politicians, servicemen, attorneys, and more have been pushing for this law to be passed in the Assembly. 

This year, advocates, including Steve Caporizzo, were present to show their support and share their knowledge. Updates about the turn out of today's events will be posted as more information comes about. 

Photo courtesy of Steve Caporizzo's Pet Connection

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