Oreo’s Law WILL “die” without your calls and letters! – we NEED YOUR HELP!

Friday, 11 June 2010

On Tuesday, Oreo’s Law will be voted on by the New York State (NYS) Assembly Agriculture Committee. But it is not likely to pass without a large showing of community support between now and then. That is because the Committee Chairman is recommending a “hold,” the equivalent of being tabled, which would mean Oreo’s Law would die in committee, despite the fact that it has legislative cosponsors across the state and supporters outnumber the opposition.
If Oreo’s Law is defeated, thousands upon thousands of cats, kittens, dogs, puppies, rabbits, and other animals will continue to be needlessly killed in NYS shelters every year—animals Oreo’s Law has the power to save.
A statewide survey of NYS rescue groups found that over 70% were being turned away because the shelters were hostile to rescue groups, and then those shelters turned around and killed the very animals the rescuers were willing to save. Shelter directors across New York State are arbitrarily turning away qualified rescue groups because they are hostile to rescue and arbitrarily refuse to work with them. We have experienced this time and time again, right here in Orange County, in our own backyard. Time and again we offer to take in animals that other local shelters are about to kill and they turn us away and laugh about it. THIS HAS TO STOP!
Why should animals across New York State be killed even though rescue groups have offered to save these animals? Today, those animals are ending up in landfills, when they should be going to rescue groups where they will be cared for at no cost to taxpayers until a permanent and loving home can be found. Oreo’s Law would give NYS shelter animals that future. The law would make it illegal for a shelter to kill an animal if a qualified rescue group is willing to save that animal’s life. Oreo’s Law was written with the assistance of the nation’s top animal lawyers, the nation’s most successful former and current shelter directors, and those who have actually created successful No Kill communities (which neither the ASPCA nor Mayor’s Alliance, Oreo’s Law chief opponents, have been able to do despite hundreds of millions of dollars in combined annual revenues).
It saves lives and it saves money.
And it protects against hoarders, abusers, and dog fighters.
So the animals need you. They need the voice of the people, every day animal lovers, and rescuers to speak for them. They need you to call committee members and urge them to vote “Yes.” Because they don’t have anyone else and only an overwhelming show of support can save Oreo’s Law from defeat and the animals from certain death.

WITHOUT YOU MAKING THESE CALLS AND SENDING THESE EMAILS – OREO’S LAW is dead – just like Oreo is today, even though Pets Alive offered to give her sanctuary.

Tragically, right doesn’t always defeat might. Sometimes the animals don’t win. Sometimes they continue to get killed despite a readily available lifesaving and rescue alternative. Sometimes a feral kitten who a rescue group is willing to socialize and place in a loving home will instead get injected with poison from a bottle marked “fatal plus” and then dumped in a landfill. Sometimes a puppy who can go to rescue and be guaranteed a home will be killed instead. Sometimes a person who kills an abused dog a rescue group was willing to save gets away with murder. For their sake, please do not let this be one of those times. This may be the best chance we have as a generation to make a PURPOSEFUL POSITIVE impact for animals! We can change the world here folks – please. Help. This is critical. Time is of the essence. Don’t think about it – take a few moments to send an email or make a call.
Please call (all the assembly phone numbers can be found here: http://bit.ly/9nC0z2) and e-mail the NYS Assembly Agriculture Committee members today.
Because without you, the animals don’t stand a chance.
Step up.
Let Oreo know she didn’t die in vain – that SOMETHING good will come of her death. SOMETHING positive, something that will save the lives of thousands of other animals.

(Thank you to Nathan Winograd for putting much of this together!)
Email addresses (cut and paste this into your “TO” window): LiftonB@assembly.state.ny.us, LopezP@assembly.state.ny.us, LopezV@assembly.state.ny.us, MaiselA@assembly.state.ny.us, MarkeyM@assembly.state.ny.us, McEnenJ@assembly.state.ny.us, ReillyR@assembly.state.ny.us, RiveraJ@assembly.state.ny.us, RiveraN@assembly.state.ny.us, RiveraP@assembly.state.ny.us, RosentL@assembly.state.ny.us, RussellA@assembly.state.ny.us, SkartadosF@assembly.state.ny.us, StirpeA@assembly.state.ny.us, AmedoreG@assembly.state.ny.us, BenedeM@assembly.state.ny.us, ButlerM@assembly.state.ny.us, CrouchC@assembly.state.ny.us, DelMonF@assembly.state.ny.us, DestitR@assembly.state.ny.us, FinchG@assembly.state.ny.us, GordonT@assembly.state.ny.us, GuntheA@assembly.state.ny.us, HawleyS@assembly.state.ny.us, aubertin@senate.state.ny.us, breslin@senate.state.ny.us, montgome@senate.state.ny.us, ranz@senate.state.ny.us, seward@senate.state.ny.us, stachows@senate.state.ny.us, valesky@senate.state.ny.us, winner@senate.state.ny.us, cyoung@senate.state.ny.us



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