Brooklyn Dem rubs shoulders with "humane" org that killed 97% of the pets in its care in 2009Politics makes strange bedfellows ?Maybe. But its no excuse for the series of grave miscalculations made by NYS Senator Eric Adams . Adams invited PeTA to participate in a "Humane Care of Animals" roundtable discussion to be held at public expense on April 16, 2010.What would PeTA, the radical animal rights group infamous for killing healthy pets in vans and tossing the bodies into grocery store dumpsters, have to say about "humane care?" Or any kind of care, for that matter? The only kind of "care" PeTA provides to animals is an early death.Senator Adams' Brooklyn constituents: down with the KKK?
Last year shocked onlookers at Madison Square Garden found PeTA's use of Ku Klux Klan robes and hats inappropriate and inconsiderate.
But PeTA is an equal opportunity offender.PeTA's Holocaust on Your Plate CampaignIn 2003 PeTA kicked off a publicity stunt that equated slaughtering animals for food with the murder of 6 million Jews in World War II. The comparison quickly drew fire from Abraham Foxman, Anti-Defamation League national director and a Holocaust survivor: "The effort by PETA to compare the deliberate, systematic murder of millions of Jews to the issue of animal rights is abhorrent," the statement said. "PETA's effort to seek approval for their 'Holocaust on Your Plate' campaign is outrageous, offensive and takes chutzpah to new heights." In 2005 the Jewish community finally obtained an apology and PeTA dropped the campaign. PeTA President Ingrid Newkirk wrote that "it was never [PeTA's] goal to humiliate the victims" of the Shoah. "We know that we have caused pain. . ."
Run away, Senator Adams. Far away.
This is the kind of affiliation no elected representative needs. Particularly a New York State Senator from Brooklyn who faces re-election in November.
The list of other radical animal rights organizations the Senator invited to his "roundtable" is hair-raising. Adams also included . . .
- Farm Sanctuary, which champions a federal proposal to incentivize and promote vegan food in public schools. . .
- the Animal Legal Defense Fund, a San Francisco-based organization campaigning for legal rights for animals. . .
- the ASPCA, which is named as one of the defendants in a federal lawsuit brought by Feld Entertainment and Ringling Brothers Circus alleging RICO crimes on the part of the ASPCA, the Humane Society of the United States and its attorneys and several other radical animal rights groups. ASPCA is also desperately trying to defend itself from relentless accusations of failing to protect the animals it "saved" while squandering $127 million in donations it received in a single year. . .
- Win Animal Rights, which in turn links to domestic terrorists like the Animal Liberation Front and SHAC. . .
- other extreme animal rights groups and several private animal rescues and shelters. . .
. . .but no farmers, no trainers, no breeders, no veterinarians, no professors or researchers. No one representing responsible and caring animal owners of any sort.
Write Senator Adams a letter
The sooner, the better. He doesn't understand who he invited to his party.
Senator Adams could use the assistance of the millions of New York voters who own and love animals to get him back on track. He clearly has lost his way.
What's wrong with this picture?
Project Vote Smart reports that New York Congressman John Hall, first elected in 2006 and up for re-election in November, 2010, represented the interests of the Humane Society of the United States 100% of the time in 2007 and 2008.
The above photo was taken in 2009, as Hall accepted his "Humane Advocate" award from Wayne Pacelle, HSUS CEO and President.
No photos from the 2010 award presentations ?
HumaneWatch.org reports that Hall was one of the few elected representatives from across the country to show up in person to collect his award this year. He was the only New York "honoree" who didn't have a pressing prior engagement that day. Oddly enough, we can't find this year's photo.
Maybe rumors finally reach Hall of HSUS's involvement in a RICO suit, a grassroots campaign to yank their charitable, tax-exempt status, and indications that HSUS hoodwinks compassionate donors by appropriating money given to feed and shelter animals in crisis.
We are pleased that Congressman Hall's fellow award winners didn't show. But as for the Congressman? We think it's time to . . .
Show Congressman Hall a little love
The Empire State Animal Alliance believes that Congressman Hall could use a little guidance from his constituents.
Something is clearly amiss, and the fall election season is coming up soon.
Give the Congressman a call, or send him an email. Tell him that like the crushing majority of voters, you own and love a pet. Or maybe you're a New York farmer with livestock.
Tell Congressman Hall you're wondering why he accepts awards from someone who "doesn't want to see another cat or dog born", and has "no problem with the extinction of domestic animals."
and then. . .
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As the world's largest, wealthiest animal extremist multi-national corporation prepares to march on Albany, Empire State Animal Alliance asks. . .
Does the Humane Society of the United States speak for you?
Revered Supreme Court Justice Louis Brandeis was fond of reminding the public that "sunlight is the best disinfectant."
And as the Humane Society of the United States charters buses to import its volunteer lobbyists to Albany in furtherance of HSUS's radical agenda, inconvenient truths about HSUS and its activities continue to surface.
Setting aside--just for the moment. . .
. . .the federal RICO (Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations) lawsuit launched against HSUS and the ASPCA on February 16, 2010
and the. . .
. . . 4,000+ requests for an IRS investigation generated so far by the "Spay and Neuter the HSUS" grassroots campaign to revoke HSUS's tax-exempt, charitable designation due to excessive lobbying activities. . .
(Note to New York legislators: Do you REALLY want to listen to an organization involved in a RICO suit that is simultaneously under scrutiny for tax fraud? An organization that, despite its name, gives less than one half of one percent of its $100 million budget to hands-on pet shelters?)
. . .it's time to look a little more closely at HSUS's activities in Albany.
HSUS does not "attempt to influence national, state or local regulation"? Really?
On page 17 of HSUS's 2007 IRS Form 990, HSUS asserts that it did not attempt to influence state regulation. Not through the activities of its volunteers, and not through the activities of paid staff.Yet documents made available to the public by the New York State Commission on Public Integrity show that HSUS paid Dora Schomberg nearly $40,000 to lobby on its behalf in 2007.
In fact, Wayne Pacelle's letter to the NY State lobbying commission confirms the arrangement. The commission database holds several such letters. The most recent one covers 2009 - 2010, during which time Schomberg will be paid $81,240.64 by the Humane Society of the United States for lobbying.$2,500/month for John E. Sweeney
In 2007 HSUS also contracted with (now disgraced) former U. S. Congressman John E. Sweeney. Sweeney is currently serving 30 days on a DWI conviction, having weathered spousal abuse accusations and a federal influence peddling investigation.Sweeney's responsibilities under the contract with HSUS (page 1 at link above) were described as (emphasis added): --Administrative support and agency implementation of HSUS programs and lobbying support for humane legislation in New York State. --Strategic advice on equine issues. --Assistance with strategies in dealing with the White House . . . ."Commencing in 2008, HSUS also pays the Albany law firm of Featherstonhaugh, Wiley and Clyne for its services. The 2009 contract calls for FWC to be paid $20,000 for lobbying:Consultant shall lobby and assist The HSUS with strategy and efforts to advance legislation. . . .The Empire State Animal Alliance questions how all of this activity, and all of these expenses, can be covered by the use of funds collected from compassionate donors who mistakenly thought their money would be used to shelter animals. HSUS not only advised the IRS that neither its employees nor its volunteers "attempt to influence national, state or local regulation," but also appears to simultaneously violate its own articles of incorporation when its employees and volunteers lobby in Albany.Radical changes to pet and animal ownership in New YorkHumaneWatch.org thinks HSUS should do much better for needy pets and livestock. So do we.Instead of using its enormous wealth to shelter homeless animals, HSUS will be lobbying hard in favor of Assemblywoman Amy Paulin's proposal to criminalize the ownership of healthy, happy dogs and cats. Paulin's proposal --outlawing pet ownership based only on the number of animals present, and not on the level of care provided--is a radical departure from any previous regulation of animal ownership. Under the terms of A7285, having "too many" dogs or cats would be grounds for seizure -- and pre-trial, permanent forfeiture. Under existing state law, impounding organizations can sell off, or even kill, forfeited animals.
Masquerading as a "puppymill" remedy, Paulin's proposal offers no new protections for animals. It simply provides a new excuse for removing pets from their owners: "too many" animals present.
Transparency in governmentThe Humane Society of the United States agenda does not reflect the needs and values of New York voters. Compassionate New York voters believe that "humane societies" should devote a significant portion of charitable donations to caring for animals in need, and not squander it on Albany lobbyists.New Yorkers reject pre-trial sentencing of defendants through pre-adjudication forfeiture provisions.Like Supreme Court Justice Louis Brandeis, we believe in transparency in government.Which New York legislators are most influenced by the Humane Society of the United States ?Empire State Animal Alliance's Animal Extremist Watch List identified the Albany office holders most committed to the radical agenda. Please take a minute and email the three elected officials who have most strongly allied themselves with an animal extremist agenda that does not reflect the values of New York voters.Assemblywoman Amy Paulin: firstname.lastname@example.orgAssemblywoman Deborah Glick: email@example.comAssemblywoman Linda Rosenthal: firstname.lastname@example.orgDoes the Humane Society of the United States speak for you?Empire State Animal Alliance volunteers will be polling candidates for public office this November, soliciting their opinions on a range of topics. Our goal is to identify and endorse candidates who understand and support the responsible and humane ownership of pets, work companions and livestock. Candidates with views supporting animal rights extremism will be identified. If you or your organization can help us canvass the candidates, please contact us at ESAAVolunteer@live.com
Ranking New York State Legislators
Which ones are dedicated to animal rights extremist goals ?
To create this listing, the Empire State Animal Alliance analyzed support in the New York State legislature for 10 key extremist proposals, noting the sponsors and supporters of each proposal.
Information New York voters will need in November!
Our Animal Extremist Watch List identifies elected representatives in terms of their support of irresponsible and even illegal proposals which are at odds with the values and needs of New York voters. While the proposals masquerade as "animal protection" reforms, in reality they destroy the civil rights of responsible, caring animal owners and jeopardize lawful, humane activities and businesses in New York.
10 Key Extremist Proposals Violate the Civil Rights of New York Animal Lovers
A7285/S5392 (Paulin/Squadron) -- Lobbied hard by the Humane Society of the United States, A7285 creates a brand new crime: custody of healthy, happy, well-cared for dogs, if you happen to have "too many." The bill permits animals to be seized and sold off -- or even killed -- before their owner has his/her day in court on alleged charges. Proponents pretend the bill addresses abusive breeding facilities that violate existing state and federal law, but the bill offers no new protections for animals.
Further analysis from the Dog Federation of New York here.
A5507 (Ball) -- Due process? Search warrants? Who needs 'em! If A5507 passes into law, employees of private corporations would be free to search the homes of New York citizens based solely on an unsworn verbal complaint.
A7983 /S4961 (Paulin/Oppenheimer) -- Buried in this mammoth proposal is the end to client or patient confidentiality for pet owners. The bill forces pet breeders to provide blanket authorizations for the release of their veterinary and private registry records for inspection by agents of the State of New York. More information on the many defects in the proposal here.
A8352 /S4515 (Titone/Lanza) -- Anyone who sells three or more dogs or cats would become an instant "animal breeder" under this proposal, instantly subject to six pages of regulations, restrictions, and inspections. Penalties for failure to comply with any provision included in the six pages can go as high as $1,000 per violation.
A9400 /S3155 (Paulin/Johnson, C) -- New Yorkers are guilty until proven innocent under this proposal, which allows private corporations to impound, sell off, and even kill their pets and livestock long before they have their day in court. A recent federal court decision in another jurisdiction points to defects in existing NY law permitting pre-adjudication forfeiture of animals. This proposal would make existing law even worse.
A3765 /S5479 (Englebright/Klein) -- Public servants such as district attorneys -- charged with representing the interests of "We, the People of the State of New York" and paid by the public to do so -- cannot represent private, not for profit corporations like societies for the prevention of cruelty to animals. Similar in its provisions to A9400 above, A3765/S5479 is just as illegal and just as devastating to civil rights.
A2711 (Glick) -- Opposed by the New York State Medicine Association, A2711 would allow court-appointed animal guardians to sue for non-economic damages in cases of alleged wrongful injuries to animals. Monies recovered would go into a trust fund, and private "animal protection organizations" would keep any undistributed funds when the animal dies.
A0592 (Cahill) -- Persons convicted under the terms of A0592 must undergo court-ordered psychiatric evaluations -- and possible court-ordered psychiatric treatment -- even though the animals in their care may not have suffered cruelty at all. The proposal essential invents a psychological disorder, and then makes it criminal. A8163 (Rosenthal) -- Regulates how farmers may confine their calves, hens, and pigs.
A7218 (Glick) -- Allows the State of New York to intervene in veterinary care decisions made by dog owners and their veterinarians. Makes it a misdemeanor punishable by a fine of up to $500 to own or exhibit a dog with a docked tail in the State of New York, and allows "animal rights organizations" to sue on behalf of dogs.
Which Legislators Are the Biggest Threat to Your Civil Rights?
Who were the worst offenders? Which elected representatives took the most anti-civil rights positions while pursuing false "animal protection" agendas ?
#1: Assemblywoman Amy Paulin, D-Westchester
--Outlaws ownership of healthy, happy dogs
Paulin is the prime sponsor of A7285
--Violates the privacy of pet owners
Paulin is the prime sponsor of A7983
--Sentences defendants before they go to trial
Paulin is the prime sponsor of A9400
#2: Assemblywoman Deborah Glick, D-Manhattan
--Outlaws ownership of healthy, happy dogs
Glick co-sponsors A7285
--Sentences defendants before they go to trial
Glick co-sponsors A9400
--Interferes in veterinary care decisions
Glick is the prime sponsor of A7218
#3: Assemblywoman Linda Rosenthal, D-Manhattan
--Requires public servants to work for private corporations
Rosenthal co-sponsors A3765
--Outlaws ownership of healthy, happy dogs
Rosenthal co-sponsors A7285
--Sentences defendants before they go to trial
Rosenthal co-sponsors A9400
Email Paulin, Glick and Rosenthal today
Responsible owners of animals of all types share a concern for the well being of pets and livestock. Under the law, we are explicitly required to provide for their welfare and should be held accountable if we fail. However, our concerns cannot drive us to surrender the protections of our civil liberties that the U. S. and New York constitutions afford.
Please take a minute and email the three elected officials who have most strongly allied themselves with an animal extremist agenda that does not reflect the values of New York voters.
Assemblywoman Amy Paulin: email@example.com
Assemblywoman Deborah Glick: firstname.lastname@example.org
Assemblywoman Linda Rosenthal: email@example.com
Will your candidate protect YOUR civil rights?Candidates with views supporting animal rights extremism will be identified. If you or your organization can help us canvass the candidates, please contact us at ESAAVolunteer@live.com
Empire State Animal Alliance volunteers will be polling candidates for public office this November, soliciting their opinions on a range of topics. Our goal is to identify and endorse candidates who understand and support the responsible and humane ownership of pets, work companions and livestock.
Do you own a pet?
Are you a farmer with livestock? Do you breed animals?
This fall, voters will have the opportunity to either re-elect or replace every legislative office holder New Yorkers send to Albany and Washington, D. C.
Do you know where the candidates stand on the issues that responsible pet and animal owners face? Don't you think it's time to find out?
The Empire State Animal Alliance is an IRS Section 527 PAC organization and non-partisan voters alliance, affiliated with the Dog Federation of New York.
Empire State Animal Alliance volunteers will be polling potential office holders, soliciting their opinions on a range of topics. The goal is to identify and endorse candidates who understand and support the responsible and humane ownership of pets, work companions and livestock. Candidates with views supporting animal rights extremism will be identified.
If you or your organization can help us canvass the candidates, please contact us at ESAAVolunteer@live.com
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