?

Log in

League of Humane Voters of New York City
 
[Most Recent Entries] [Calendar View] [Friends]

Below are the 20 most recent journal entries recorded in humanenyc's LiveJournal:

[ << Previous 20 ]
Friday, September 21st, 2007
12:15 am
11/10: LOHV-NYC's 6th Anniversary Celebration!

 

Join the League of Humane Voters of New York City (LOHV-NYC) as we celebrate 6 years of political action for animals!
Jivamukti Yoga School
841 Broadway, 2nd floor, New York, NY
(Between 14th and 13th Streets)

Buy your ticket today! Click here for details.

Saturday, November 10th, 2007
8:00 p.m. ~ midnight

~ Hosted By ~

~ Special Celebrity Guests ~
Peter Max, Nellie McKay, Grant Aleksander and Dan Piraro (list in formation)

~ Celebrating elected officials who have made significant contributions to animal welfare ~
Congressman Eliot Engel, State Senators Frank Padavan and Martin Connor, Assembly member Linda Rosenthal and Council Members Melissa Mark-Viverito and Jimmy Vacca (list in formation)

~ Book Signing ~
Julie Lewin will sign copies of her groundbreaking new book Get Political for Animals and Win the Laws They Need

~ Complementary hors d'oeuvres from New York City's finest vegan restaurants and cash bar featuring organic wines and beers ~

~ Corporate Sponsors ~
Candle Cafe, Counter Restaurant and Wine Bar, Cynthia King Dance Studio, Jivamukti Yoga Studio, MooShoes, Tastee Vegan and Whole Earth Bakery & Kitchen (list in formation)

~ Host Committee ~
Meena Alagappan, Garo Alexanian, Marty Algaze, Helen Bala, Josephine Bellaccomo, Chloe Jo Berman, Susan Brandt, Jenny Brown, Maryanne Byington, Lawrence Carter-Long, Catherine Clyne, Hon. Danny Dromm, Len Egert, Daniel Elstein, Prof. Julian Franklin, Deborah Gavito, Brad Goldberg, Hon. Lewis Goldstein, Doug Greene, Jane Hoffman, Laura Imperiale, Steve Kaufman, Cynthia King, Patrick Kwan, Olivia Lane, Aubrey Lees, Julie Lewin, Mary Max, Dirk McCall, Marisa Miller Wolfson, Elinor Molbegott, Andy Praschak, Harriet Putterman, John Phillips, Sherry Ramsey, Martin Rowe, Pamela Rice, Jamin Sewell, Michael Schweinsburg, Paul Shapiro, Valerie Sicignano, David Silversmith, Peter Silvestri, Hon. Jerry Simonelli, Julia Szabo, Amy Trakinski, Veronica Vera, Lisa Virgona and Diane West

~ Note on Attire ~
Cocktail attire. Please, no furs. And, wear your most festive socks! Shoes must be removed at the door to the Yoga studio.

Pictured above: Nellie McKay performs at our 5th anniversary gala; the art of Peter Max; State Senator Frank Padavan receives our 2006 Humane Legislator Award from LOHV-NYC exec. director John Phillips. 

MORE INFORMATION AT WWW.HUMANENYC.ORG OR CALL (212) 889-0303

Thursday, May 10th, 2007
1:47 pm
Historic vote in support of animal welfare

NEW YORK, MAY 10 - In a move which the League of Humane Voters of New York City (LOHV-NYC, humanenyc.org) is calling "historic" and "precedent-setting," the New York State Democratic Party adopted a resolution at its spring meeting on Wednesday affirming its commitment to the humane treatment of animals. The resolution also encourages the state legislature to pass several animal welfare-related bills, including legislation which would ban so-called "canned shoots."

"With more and more voters around the state - and the world - taking their concern for animals with them to the polls on election day, the state Democratic Party's precedent-setting action in support of animal protection is not only the right thing to do, it's also intelligent politically," said John Phillips, LOHV-NYC's executive director. "We commend the state Democratic Party, Chairwoman June O'Neill and the entire leadership team, and the Honorable Lewis Goldstein (D-Bronx), the lead sponsor of the resolution, for taking this historic first step towards a more humane society."

Goldstein issued a statement saying: "The passage of this resolution demonstrates that it is the Democratic Party which is always there to protect the unprotected. No living being should ever be exposed to abuse or hate."

KEEP READING:

 

http://www.humanenyc.org/2007/05/victory_historic_vote_by_state.html
Wednesday, February 7th, 2007
3:13 pm
Brooklyn Special Election on Feb. 20: McNally's the Humane Choice
http://www.humanenyc.org/2007/02/lohvnyc_endorses_zenobia_mcnal.html

NEW YORK, FEBRUARY 7 – The League of Humane Voters of New York City (“LOHV-NYC”) announced today that it is endorsing long-time Flatbush resident and community activist Zenobia McNally for City Council in the 40th Council District (Kensington, Prospect-Lefferts, Ditmas Park; parts of Crown Heights, Flatbush and East Flatbush). A vacancy was created in the 40th District when Yvette Clarke was elected to Congress. A Special Election will be held on February 20th.

“LOHV-NYC proudly and enthusiastically endorses Zenobia McNally’s candidacy for City Council in the 40th Council District,” says John Phillips, LOHV-NYC’s Executive Director. “We have spoken with many of the qualified candidates in this race and Zenobia McNally is clearly the best choice for those who care about animals. She has the commitment, intellect and passion to get things done at City Hall.”

“When Zenobia wins this election, she will be able to do so much to help protect the rights and welfare of animals,” said Daniel Elstein, a LOHV-NYC board member who grew up on E. 16th in the 40th Council district. “My community cares about animals and we will show that at the polls on February 20th.”

Among the animal issues McNally supports:

1. The pets in housing Bill, Intro 13. This bill would clarify the existing pet law so that the no-pet clause in a rental tenants lease, once waived, is waived for the duration of the tenant’s occupancy.

2. A ban on the sale of foie gras in New York City. Foie gras, French for “fatty liver,” is called something else by vets: hepatic lipidosis. Ducks are force-fed three times a day to produce the fatty liver disease and are slaughtered before they drop dead from the illness.

3. Funding for humane education programs. McNally also supports a resolution aimed at raising awareness about the current New York State law which mandates instruction in the humane care and treatment of animals.

McNally had this to say of the endorsement: “As we go about the hustle and bustle of our daily lives, we too often forget that animals play an important role in our lives. I support and will sponsor legislation that will protect the rights of animals and their caregivers, and I am honored that the League of Humane Voters have entrusted me with this mission.”

LOHV-NYC’s endorsement process includes a written questionnaire and an in-person interview with its Director and members of its Executive Committee. The final decision on all endorsements is made by its Board of Directors.

LOHV-NYC is the non-partisan political voice of the city’s animal protection movement. For more information, please visit their webpage at http://www.humanenyc.org or call (212) 889-0303.
Tuesday, January 9th, 2007
2:11 pm
2006 NYC Council Humane Scorecard released
NYC Council Members Scored on Animal Protection Records in 2006

New York, January 8 – The League of Humane Voters of New York City (LOHV-NYC) released its 2006 City Council Humane Scorecard today. In it, the 51 members of the New York City Council are scored on a scale from 0 to 100, according to whether they sponsored bills relating to the humane treatment of animals. The average score among all five boroughs was 38. Manhattan scored highest, with an average of 60.

“Millions of New Yorkers care about the humane treatment of animals, and many bring this concern with them to the polls,” said John Phillips, LOHV-NYC’s Executive Director. “The City Council Humane Scorecard holds legislators accountable to humane voters by bringing their records to light.”

The bills legislators were scored on are: the pets in housing bill, Intro 13; the pet shop sprinkler bill, Intro 417; a resolution in support of the New York State humane education mandate, Reso. 497; pedicab regulations (competitors of horse-drawn carriages), Intro. 75; and a bill to help the wild/exotic animals used in performances, Intro. 389. More information on each of the bills is included in the scorecard.

Who are the most animal friendly members of the City Council? Four legislators received perfect scores on the Humane Scorecard: Council Members Rosie Mendez (D-Manhattan), Melissa Mark-Viverito (D-Manhattan), Sara Gonzalez (D-Brooklyn), and Michael Nelson (D-Brooklyn). Mendez, a first-term Council Member, received LOHV-NYC’s Humane Legislator Award in November 2006.

“These four legislators are models of compassion and humane leadership,” Phillips said.

Which Council Members just don’t seem to care? Council Members Maria Baez (D-Bronx), Joel Rivera (D-Bronx), Helen Foster (D-Bronx), Hiram Monserrate (D-Queens), Leroy Comrie (D-Queens), Dennis Gallagher (D-Queens), David Yassky (D-Brooklyn), Albert Vann (D-Brooklyn), Erik Dilan (D-Brooklyn), Charles Barron (D-Brooklyn), Simcha Felder (D-Brooklyn), Kendall Stewart (D-Brooklyn), Domenic Recchia (D-Brooklyn) and Andrew Lanza (R-Staten Island) all got a 0 on the Humane Scorecard.

Speaker Christine Quinn (D-Manhattan) also received a 0. Although she recently called herself “a staunch advocate for animal rights” in a letter to constituents, Quinn also received a 0 on LOHV-NYC’s 2004-2005 Humane Scorecard.

“We are very disappointed that Speaker Quinn has not taken a leadership role on animal protection issues,” Phillips said.

Download LOHV-NYC’s 2006 City Council Humane Scorecard in PDF format online at http://www.humanenyc.org/scorecards.htm or request copies by calling (212) 889-0303.

The League of Humane Voters of New York City (“LOHV-NYC”) mobilizes public concern for animals through the democratic political process. Recognizing that animal protection is a political issue as well as a moral issue, we campaign for the election of humane candidates to public office. Founded in 2001, LOHV-NYC has become the political arm of the local animal protection movement by building support amongst citizens, activists, political parties, candidates and elected representatives all over the city. LOHV-NYC’s membership now numbers more than 6,000.

###
Monday, December 18th, 2006
1:52 pm
1/16/07: LOHV-NYC's winter membership meeting
For more information, visit http://www.humanenyc.org or call (212) 889-0303

Save the date! LOHV-NYC's winter membership meeting will be held on January 16th, 2007! Get involved in taking political action for animals and make new friends at this action-packed meeting and activist gathering.

When: Tuesday, January 16th, 2007 at 6:30pm

Where: LGBT Center, 208 W. 13th St., Rm. 101

RSVP: info@humanenyc.org / (212) 889-0303

LOHV-NYC's soon-to-be-released 2006 City Council Humane Scorecard -- covering humane education, the pets in housing bill and more -- will be available at the meeting. Other agenda items: filling City Council vacancies in Brooklyn and Staten Island; the latest news on the LOHV-NYC/Farm Sanctuary/HSUS campaign to ban the sale of foie gras in NYC; preparing for the return of Ringling Bros. Circus and our fight to pass Intro. 389; humane education in the South Bronx; helping the horses abused by the carriage industry; and much more. Some light food will be provided. Speakers TBA. Don't miss out! There is no charge to attend this event.
Sunday, October 22nd, 2006
11:16 am
11/15 - Celebrities and politicians gather for animals
Celebrities and politicians gather to celebrate the League of Humane Voters of New York City's Fifth Anniversary this November 15th!

Who: Legendary artist Peter Max, Broadway star Nellie McKay, Daytime Emmy Award-nominated TV actor Grant Aleksander*, "Bizarro" cartoonist Dan Piraro, The Vice President of the New York State Senate, Frank Padavan, New York State Assemblywoman Linda Rosenthal, Manhattan Council Member Rosie Mendez, Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer, the Democratic nominee for State Assembly in the 74th Assembly District, Brian Kavanagh, Marisa Miller and Fiona Walsh!

When: Wednesday, November 15th, 6:30 to 11PM

Where: Theater for the New City, 155 First Ave. (between 9th and 10th St.)

Reception begins at 6:30. Gourmet vegan Hors d'oeuvres and wine will be provided.

To buy your tickets online, visit http://lohvnyc5.mollyguard.com
To buy tickets offline, call (212) 889-0303 or mail a check for $50 to:

League of Humane Voters of New York City
151 First Avenue, Ste. 237
New York, NY 10003-2965

* Pending professional obligations

You can also visit http://www.humanenyc.org for lots more info!
Tuesday, October 3rd, 2006
1:30 am
LOHV-NYC's Fifth Anniversary Celebration!
Don't miss our fifth anniversary celebration!



Details/tickets here or call (212) 889-0303. Hope to see you there!
Monday, August 28th, 2006
11:07 am
2006 Humane Voter Guide
LOHV-NYC’s 2006 Humane Voter Guide

When should I vote?

September 12, 2006 - Primary Election
November 7, 2006 - General Election

Visit http://www.cmap.nypirg.org/netmaps/MyGovernment/NYC/MyGovernmentNYC.asp to find your district number.

New York State Senate Endorsements

Frank Padavan (incumbent) – Senator Frank Padavan has been in the Senate for 32 years. In 2003, he was appointed Vice President Pro Tempore of the New York State Senate. Senator Padavan represents the 11th Senate District, which includes Queens Village, Flushing, Bayside, Whitestone, and other parts of Queens. Senator Padavan is a champion of humane legislation in the Senate, and has been honored twice by the ASPCA and endorsed for re-election twice by LOHV-NYC. Padavan sponsored the laws that ended medical experimentation on animals requisitioned from shelters and put an end to shelter animal deaths by decompression. He introduced NYS Senate Bill S. 2083, a bill to ban the force feeding of ducks for foie gras. You may reach Senator Padavan’s office at (718) 343-0255.
Visit http://www.humanenyc.org/endorsements.htm to download Frank's completed candidate questionnaire

Martin Connor (incumbent) – Senator Martin Connor has been in the Senate since 1978. He represents the 25th Senate District, which includes parts of Brooklyn and Manhattan. Senator Connor has voted against pet mills, canned hunts, and leg traps, and supports stronger penalties for the mistreatment of animals. In addition to his support of humane legislation, Connor has fought for health care, education, human rights, and more. The number to reach Senator Connor’s office is (212) 298-5565.
Visit http://www.humanenyc.org/endorsements.htm to download Marty's completed candidate questionnaire

Liz Krueger (incumbent) – Senator Liz Krueger has been in the New York State Senate since 2002. She represents the 26th Senate District, which includes the Upper East Side of Manhattan. Senator Krueger has supported successful efforts to increase funding for spay and neuter programs and to ban animal fighting. She has also introduced legislation to ban the sale of downed animals for human consumption. Krueger is a co-sponsor of S. 1345, to prohibit the sale of any products made from dog or cat fur, and dog or cat flesh. Senator Krueger is also an advocate for issues including affordable housing, tenant rights, campaign finance, and education. If you would like to be in touch with Senator Krueger’s office, you may call (212) 490-9535.
Visit http://www.humanenyc.org/endorsements.htm to download Liz's completed candidate questionnaire

Jose Marco Serrano (incumbent) – Senator Jose M. Serrano was elected to the New York State Senate in 2004. He represents the 28th Senate District, which includes neighborhoods in the South Bronx, East Harlem, Yorkville, and Roosevelt Island. Senator Serrano is working hard to fight unemployment, housing shortages, and inadequate health care. When Senator Serrano was in the New York City Council, he supported legislation to protect animals, including the pets in housing bill, the pet store sprinklers bill, and anti-carriage legislation. He supports legislation to ban canned hunts, leghold traps, and the force feeding of ducks for foie gras. To reach Senator Serrano’s office, please call (212) 828-5829.
Visit http://www.humanenyc.org/endorsements.htm to download Marco's completed candidate questionnaire

Tom Duane (incumbent) – Senator Tom Duane, elected to the New York State Senate in 1998, is the first openly-gay and first openly HIV-positive member. He represents the 29th Senate District, which includes parts of the West Side (Upper West Side, Chelsea, Hell’s Kitchen, and Greenwich Village) and parts of the East Side (East Village, Stuyvesant Town, Peter Cooper Village, and Waterside Plaza). Senator Duane speaks out against the use of Avitrol to poison pigeons. From supporting increased funding for no-kill shelters to supporting bans on canned hunts and the force feeding of ducks for foie gras, Senator Duane is an advocate for humane legislation. Please call (212) 633-8052 if you wish to contact Senator Duane’s office.
Visit http://www.humanenyc.org/endorsements.htm to download Tom's completed candidate questionnaire

Jeff Klein (incumbent) – Senator Jeff Klein was elected to the New York State Senate in 2004, after serving for ten years in the New York State Assembly representing the 80th Assembly District. He now represents the 34th Senate District, which includes part of the Bronx and Westchester. Senator Klein was a co-sponsor of Buster’s Law, which made the intentional killing or serious injury of household pets a felony. He hopes to work for more humane conditions of animals raised as livestock and for more protections for the companion animals in apartments and co-ops. To reach Senator Klein’s office, please call (718) 822-2049.
Visit http://www.humanenyc.org/endorsements.htm to download Jeff's completed candidate questionnaire

New York State Assembly Endorsements

Pete Grannis (incumbent) – Assemblymember Pete Grannis has been in the New York State Assembly since 1974. He represents the 65th Assembly District, which includes the Upper East Side of Manhattan and Roosevelt Island. Assemblymember Grannis has been a leader in many issues, including housing, insurance, health, environmental protection, and animal protection. In 1999, Assemblymember Grannis authored the legislation that created the Animal Population Control Fund, to ensure that shelter animals are spayed and neutered. He also authored the legislation that made cruelty to animals a felony. Assemblymember Grannis is a major supporter of humane legislation and his efforts continue. You may contact Assemblymember Grannis’ office at (212) 860-4906.
Visit http://www.humanenyc.org/endorsements.htm to download Pete's completed candidate questionnaire

Deborah Glick (incumbent) – Assemblymember Deborah Glick has been a member of the New York State Assembly for 15 years. She represents the 66th Assembly District, which includes the West Side of Manhattan. Assemblymember Glick is the first openly lesbian or gay member of the New York State legislature. She is an advocate for tenant rights, the arts, women’s health issues, and LGBT rights. Assemblymember Glick’s accomplishments in humane issues include a ban on internet hunting and a ban on the sale and manufacture of items using dog or cat fur and dog or cat flesh. If you would like to contact Assemblymember Glick’s office, please call (212) 674-5153.
Visit http://www.humanenyc.org/endorsements.htm to download Deborah's completed candidate questionnaire

Linda Rosenthal (incumbent) – Assemblymember Linda Rosenthal has been a member of the New York State Assembly since February, 2006. She represents the 67th Assembly District, which includes the Upper West Side of Manhattan. Assemblymember Rosenthal has advocated for tenant rights, affordable housing, and education. She has spoken out for better treatment of horses in the carriage industry and she would like to bring an end to canned shoots in New York State. To reach Assemblymember Rosenthal’s office, please call (212) 873-6368.
Visit http://www.humanenyc.org/endorsements.htm to download completed candidate questionnaire

Jonathan Bing (incumbent) – Assemblymember Jonathan Bing has been in the New York State Assembly since 2002. He represents the 73rd Assembly District, which includes the Upper East Side, East Midtown, Sutton Place, and Turtle Bay. Assemblymember Bing is proud to have helped dozens of constituents with animal issues, including helping tenants whose landlords want to evict them due to having pets. He supports the banning of canned hunts and leghold traps. If you would like to contact Assemblymember Bing’s office, please call (212) 628-2464.
Visit http://www.humanenyc.org/endorsements.htm to download completed candidate questionnaire

Brian Kavanagh – Brian Kavanagh is running for the New York State Assembly in the 74th Assembly District, which includes the East Side of Manhattan. In addition to our endorsement, Kavanagh has been endorsed by The New York Times, The Stonewall Democrats, and former Assemblymember Steve Sanders, who held the seat Kavanagh is running for from 1978 though 2005. Kavanagh supports bans on canned hunts, the force feeding of ducks for foie gras, and leghold traps. He will work hard for affordable housing, education, campaign finance reform, public safety, and the environment. This is going to be the closest races of the year, so please be sure to vote if you live in the district and volunteer for the campaign if you can! If you would like to contact Brian Kavanagh’s office, please call (212) 481-3786.
Visit http://www.humanenyc.org/endorsements.htm to download Brian's completed candidate questionnaire

How does LOHV-NYC decide who to endorse?

In order to qualify for our endorsement, candidates must complete a written questionnaire to let us know where they stand on the issues -- you can download completed questionnaires at http://www.humanenyc.org/endorsements.htm -- and interview with our Director and members of our Executive Committee. After this, our Board then votes on who to endorse based on several different factors.

In addition to voting, how can I help?

The candidates need our help with a variety of tasks -- including door-knocking, dear neighbor letters, phone banking, leafleting, etc. For more information or to volunteer for any of the candidates, contact LOHV-NYC at (212) 889-0303 or email us at info@humanenyc.org

Also, if you will be voting for any of the candidates that LOHV-NYC has endorsed, please call the offices of the candidates and let them know you support their candidate in part because of his or her positions on animal protection issues and our endorsement.

For more information and resources about LOHV-NYC endorsements, please visit http://www.humanenyc.org
Monday, August 14th, 2006
4:02 pm
LOHV-NYC Endorses Assemblyman Grannis
LOHV-NYC Endorses Assemblymember Pete Grannis for Re-Election

The League of Humane Voters of New York City (LOHV-NYC) is endorsing Assemblymember Pete Grannis (D-Manhattan, 65th District) for re-election. A member of the New York State Assembly since 1974, Assemblymember Grannis is a long-time supporter of humane legislation. In 1999, he authored legislation that made cruelty to animals a felony for the first time. The Assemblymember also authored legislation in 1999 that created the Animal Population Control Fund, to ensure shelter animals are spayed and neutered.

Assemblymember Grannis is also the sponsor of legislation to allow local counties and municipalities to ban the use of steel-jaw leghold traps on fur-bearing animals. Unfortunately, this legislation got stuck in committee during the last session, but Pete has made this bill a priority for 2006.

For additional information on Assemblymember Grannis, check out his biography, completed questionnaire, district map, and more on the endorsements page of our website, www.humanenyc.org. Please contact us at (212) 889-0303 or info@humanenyc.org if you’d like more info.

Donations are urgently needed to help defray postage and advertising costs! Please consider donating $.24 cent stamps or making a cash donation online today at www.humanenyc.org.

Thanks for your support!

Mark Your Calendars! Vote!

Party primaries will be held on September 12th
The general election will be held on November 7th

For more information, visit http://www.humanenyc.org or call (212) 889-0303.
Monday, July 31st, 2006
12:54 pm
Connor and Glick endorsed, $$ for humane education
For more information on the League of Humane Voters of New York City, visit http://www.humanenyc.org or call (212) 889-0303.

LOHV-NYC Endorses Senator Martin Connor and Assemblywoman Deborah Glick

The League of Humane Voters of New York City (LOHV-NYC) made a few more endorsements today – State Senator Martin Connor (D-Manhattan/Brooklyn, 25th District) and Assemblywoman Deborah Glick (D-Manhattan, 65th District).

The former minority leader of the State Senate, Marty Connor’s been a great friend of animals in Albany, voting consistently for humane legislation. This year, Marty faces a well-funded opponent in the Democratic primary and he needs our help so he can continue his work for animals. Need some reasons to support him? Click here to learn which animal issues Marty’s going to help us out with. Contact us at (212) 889-0303 or info@humanenyc.org if you can donate a couple of hours or dollars to the campaign.

Many animal advocates already know Assemblywoman Deborah Glick as she’s a sponsor of numerous humane bills in the Assembly. One recent bill sponsored by Deborah would legally recognize pets as members of the family and not just property. She’s a great ally and deserves our support.

Other endorsements this year include Queens Senator Frank Padavan, Brian Kavanagh and Manhattan Assemblyman Jonathan Bing. Biographies for each of the candidates, completed questionnaires, district maps and much more can be found on the endorsements page of our website, http://www.humanenyc.org.

More $ for Humane Ed.

Great news! Council Member Annabel Palma (D-Bronx), whom we endorsed in 2003 and 2005, has allocated (at least) $3,500 of her discretionary funds for a humane education program in the South Bronx. Likewise, Council Member Maria del Carmen Arroyo, who recently signed on as a co-sponsor of the pets in housing bill (Intro 13), is allocating $7,500!

As you may know, New York has one of the strongest humane education laws in the country. Section 809 of the New York State Education Code requires instruction in the humane care and treatment of animals. Unfortunately, few know about it. Our friends at Humane Education Advocates Reaching Teachers (HEART), the recipients of the grant, are working with us to increase compliance with and awareness of the 50+ year old law.

With nearly $15,000 allocated for humane education by the City Council, HEART will be looking to hire an additional teacher early next year!

Mark Your Calendars!

Party primaries will be held on September 12th
The general election will be held on November 7th
Thursday, June 29th, 2006
3:33 pm
7/13 LOHV-NYC membership meeting
More info at http://www.humanenyc.org or call (212) 889-0303

Come and learn how to take political action for animals at the League of Humane Voters of New York City's Summer Membership Meeting and Evening Social! All are invited to this free event.

When: Thursday, July 13 at 6PM
Where: LGBT Center, Rm. 101 (208 W. 13th St., Manhattan)

RSVP requested: (212) 889-0303 / info@humanenyc.org

On the Agenda:

1. News about Council Member Rosie Mendez’s proposed ban on the use of wild and exotic animals in circuses and other performances in New York City.

2. Opponents of Council Member Tony Avella’s pets in housing bill have come out with new concerns and are trying to force you to choose between your home and your pet. A Q&A session will be held to answer your questions about this bill.

3. LOHV-NYC is working with Humane Education Advocates Reaching Teachers (HEART) to raise awareness about Section 809 of the New York State Education Law, which requires instruction in the humane care and treatment of animals. Learn about a new humane ed. resolution being introduced later this year.

4. The horse carriage industry has hired a lobbyist to push for legislation to eliminate pedicabs in New York City. Learn about the Bloomberg Administration’s new bill and what we are doing to protect this humane method of transportation.

We’ll also hear from:

1. Carol Moon, Farm Sanctuary’s humane educator, will speak about her outreach efforts in schools and on the streets

2. Gary Kaskel, President of United Action for Animals, will give an update about his lawsuit against the Center for Animal Care and Control.

3. Johanna Clearfield, Founder of the Urban Wildlife Coalition, will update us on her efforts to defend the city’s birds and the politics of urban wildlife.

4. Elizabeth Forel, President of the Coalition for New York City Animals, will update on her outreach in defense of the horses

Other speakers, guests, TBA.

Light vegan refreshments will be served. Time has been reserved for the social part of this meeting, so come and meet new friends!
Tuesday, June 6th, 2006
2:04 pm
Urgent Help Needed to Ban Exotic Animals in Circuses In NYC
Press Conference Tuesday, June 14: Wild Animals Don't Belong In Circuses


Press Conference, Tuesday, June 14:

Wild Animals Dont Belong in Circuses



We are thrilled to announce that City Council Member Rosie Mendez will introduce legislation next Tuesday, June 13th, to ban the use of elephants and other wild animals in circuses!

A major press conference has been scheduled for June 13th at 10AM on the steps of City Hall. Please attend!

What: Exotic animal ban press conference
When: Tuesday, June 13th at 10AM

Where: Steps of City Hall

This event will almost certainly receive a great deal amount of press coverage so attendance is crucial. Please clear your calendar, skip work and bring friends! Lets show the world that New Yorkers care about the plight of wild animals in circuses.

For more info, call (212) 889-0303 or email us. RSVP is not necessary but is appreciated. We hope to see you there!

Sincerely,

John Phillips
Executive Director
Thursday, May 25th, 2006
5:47 pm
League of Humane Voters of New York City's E-News & Action Alerts
For more information, visit http://www.humanenyc.org or call (212) 889-0303

LOHV-NYC Endorses State Senator Liz Krueger

The League of Humane Voters of New York City announced today that it is again endorsing Democrat Liz Krueger for re-election to the New York State Senate in Manhattan. Krueger was first elected to represent the 26th Senate District on the Upper East Side in 2002.

"Liz Krueger quickly became one of the our strongest allies in Albany, championing bills during her first term in the Senate to protect farmed animals and to ban the recreational slaughter of animals in canned shoots,” said John Phillips, a resident of the 26th District and the League’s director, adding that “Liz is always there to help out and we are proud to endorse her for re-election.”

LOHV-NYC’s endorsement process includes a written questionnaire – you can read Liz’s answers to our questionnaire by visiting http://www.humanenyc.org/endorsements.htm – and an in-person interview with its Director and members of its Executive Committee. The final decision is made by its Board of Directors.

Save the Date!

The next action-packed LOHV-NYC Membership Meeting & Social will be held on July 13th at 6PM at the LGBT Center (208 W. 13th St. in Manhattan). Speakers and agenda items will be announced in the coming weeks. Click here to RSVP.

CBHDC Needs Volunteers!

The Coalition to Ban Horse-Drawn Carriages needs your help! Volunteers are needed for outreach activities near Columbus Circle on the weekend. For more information or to volunteer, contact Elizabeth Forel by clicking here.

Comrie’s Anti-Pedicab Bill

Council Member Leroy Comrie’s new anti-pedicab bill is gaining steam. Council Members Martinez, McMahon, Mendez, Monserrate, Seabrook, Stewart and White, Jr. have added their names as co-sponsors of this bill.

We think the Council Members are probably confused about this issue; according to proponents of this bill, the intent is to regulate the pedicab industry. Upon closer examination, it’s clear why the pedicab owners are worried. It could put many of them out of business.

Take a minute and call your Council Member again, especially if he or she is in the list of new co-sponsors. Explain that this new bill would effectively ban pedicabs from public parks; require up to $1,000,000 in insurance (compare to $300K for hansom cabs and $100-$300K for taxis!); and cede authority for banning them from city streets to Bloomberg bureaucrats.
Monday, May 15th, 2006
12:41 pm
Council Member Lappin Endorses Humane Education
League of Humane Voters of New York City's E-News & Action Alerts, 5.10.06

For more info, visit www.humanenyc.org or call (212) 889-0303



1. Council Member Lappin Endorses Humane Education



Council Member Jessica Lappin, whom LOHV-NYC endorsed for election in 2005, has written a wonderful letter in support of humane education.



In the letter, Jessica writes that she is pleased to support our friends at HEART (Humane Education Advocates Reaching Teachers) and the “valuable education programs they organize and have directed at New York City students.”



Jessica continues: “In the world we live and the challenges that our youth face, it is imperative that we teach and exhibit to them the qualities of honesty, integrity and kindness. … I offer my support and sincere thanks to HEART as [they] work to nurture and cultivate this city’s most valuable treasure, our children.”



This letter is most welcome and sure to open up school doors for humane education programs like HEART in the 5th council district (Upper East Side) which Jessica represents.



In related news, Jessica has also signed on as a co-sponsor of Council Member Tony Avella’s pets in housing bill, Intro. 13, which would prevent landlords from reviving waived no-pet clauses in rental tenants’ leases.



Educators and Upper East Siders: please thank Jessica for her support of humane education and legislation: (212) 535-5554!



2. Enough’s Enough – 3rd Horse-Drawn Carriage Accident of the Year



The Horses Can’t Take it Anymore!



5 May, 2006 - Wild West Side Horse Crash - a carriage horse from Shamrock Stable got spooked by loud traffic noises at 46th and 11th Ave., ran wild and crashed into a car while still attached to his cab, which fell on its side. Conflicting information about horse being injured; car's driver was hospitalized.



28 April, 2006 - a spooked horse ran wild in Central Park crashing into a 71 year old bicyclist who was seriously injured and suffered a broken hip.



3 January 2006 - HORSE BOLTS & INJURES 3 IN MIDTOWN “A spooked horse bolted on a midtown street ..., ejecting the driver of the carriage..., then galloping straight into a station wagon...” at Ninth Avenue and 50 St. Three people were hospitalized, one critically. “The horse was pinned under the car...” and was later euthanized. Daily News, Jan. 3, 2006, p. 6 (It took the police and fire dept. ½ hour to extricate the horse from under the car.)



How much longer much the public’s safety be jeopardized? How much longer must these horses be forced to co-exist with traffic?



Will another horse, or even a human being, have to die before the City Council deals with this situation?



Please call your Council Member again to update him or her re: the latest accident. Ask that he or she sponsor legislation to ban horse-drawn carriages in New York City. To find out who your Council Member is, visit www.humanenyc.org or call (212) 889-0303. Don’t forget to fill us in on the details of your correspondence.



For more information on this issue, please visit the Coalition to Ban-Horse Drawn Carriages. Thank you.



3. Pets in Housing Bill Meeting



The League of Humane Voters of New York City, the Humane Society of the United States and the Humane Society of New York will hold a forum next Wednesday on Council Member Tony Avella’s pets in housing bill, Intro. 13.



Residents of the 3rd Council District (Greenwich Village, Chelsea, Clinton; parts of Soho, Murray Hill) are particularly encouraged to attend this very important meeting.



This will be an action-oriented meeting and attendees will be encouraged to write a letter to their elected official on the spot (sample letters will be provided) and to take further action.



When: Wednesday, May 17th, 6PM

Where: LGBT Center (208 W. 13th St., Rm. 410



Kindly RSVP to (212) 889-0303 or by email. Thanks.
12:11 pm
Lappin Endorses Humane Ed. / Carriage Accident / Pet Meeting
League of Humane Voters of New York City's E-News & Action Alerts
More info at http://www.humanenyc.org or call (212) 889-0303

Council Member Lappin Endorses Humane Education

Council Member Jessica Lappin, whom LOHV-NYC endorsed for election in 2005, has written a wonderful letter in support of humane education.

In the letter, Jessica writes that she is pleased to support our friends at HEART (Humane Education Advocates Reaching Teachers) and the “valuable education programs they organize and have directed at New York City students.”

Jessica continues: “In the world we live and the challenges that our youth face, it is imperative that we teach and exhibit to them the qualities of honesty, integrity and kindness. … I offer my support and sincere thanks to HEART as [they] work to nurture and cultivate this city’s most valuable treasure, our children.”

This letter is most welcome and sure to open up school doors for humane education programs like HEART in the 5th council district (Upper East Side) which Jessica represents.

In related news, Jessica has also signed on as a co-sponsor of Council Member Tony Avella’s pets in housing bill, Intro. 13, which would prevent landlords from reviving waived no-pet clauses in rental tenants’ leases.

Educators and Upper East Siders: please thank Jessica for her support of humane education and legislation: (212) 535-5554!


Enough’s Enough – 3rd Horse-Drawn
Carriage Accident of the Year

The Horses Can’t Take it Anymore!

5 May, 2006 - Wild West Side Horse Crash - a carriage horse from Shamrock Stable got spooked by loud traffic noises at 46th and 11th Ave., ran wild and crashed into a car while still attached to his cab, which fell on its side. Conflicting information about horse being injured; car's driver was hospitalized.

28 April, 2006 - a spooked horse ran wild in Central Park crashing into a 71 year old bicyclist who was seriously injured and suffered a broken hip.

3 January 2006 - HORSE BOLTS & INJURES 3 IN MIDTOWN “A spooked horse bolted on a midtown street ..., ejecting the driver of the carriage..., then galloping straight into a station wagon...” at Ninth Avenue and 50 St. Three people were hospitalized, one critically. “The horse was pinned under the car...” and was later euthanized. Daily News, Jan. 3, 2006, p. 6 (It took the police and fire dept. ½ hour to extricate the horse from under the car.)

How much longer much the public’s safety be jeopardized? How much longer must these horses be forced to co-exist with traffic?

Will another horse, or even a human being, have to die before the City Council deals with this situation?

Please call your Council Member again to update him or her re: the latest accident. Ask that he or she sponsor legislation to ban horse-drawn carriages in New York City. To find out who your Council Member is, visit www.humanenyc.org or call (212) 889-0303. Don’t forget to fill us in on the details of your correspondence.

For more information on this issue, please visit the Coalition to Ban-Horse Drawn Carriages. Thank you.


Pets in Housing Bill Meeting

The League of Humane Voters of New York City, the Humane Society of the United States and the Humane Society of New York will hold a forum next Wednesday on Council Member Tony Avella’s pets in housing bill, Intro. 13.

Residents of the 3rd Council District (Greenwich Village, Chelsea, Clinton; parts of Soho, Murray Hill) are particularly encouraged to attend this very important meeting.

This will be an action-oriented meeting and attendees will be encouraged to write a letter to their elected official on the spot (sample letters will be provided) and to take further action.

When: Wednesday, May 17th, 6PM
Where: LGBT Center (208 W. 13th St., Rm. 410

Kindly RSVP to (212) 889-0303 or by email. Thanks.
Wednesday, May 10th, 2006
2:11 am
LOHV-NYC Endorses Jose M. Serrano
LOHV-NYC Endorses Jose M. Serrano for New York State Senate

The League of Humane Voters of New York City (“LOHV-NYC”), an animal protection political advocacy group with 6,000 members citywide, announced today that it is endorsing Democrat Jose M. Serrano for re-election to the New York State Senate. Serrano was first elected in 2004 and represents parts of the Bronx and Manhattan.

"Jose Marco Serrano is a man of integrity and compassion. Whether he's in his kitchen cooking vegetarian food or on the floor of the Senate, Jose Marco is an outspoken advocate for the rights and welfare of animals," said John Phillips, LOHV-NYC's Executive Director, adding that "the League happily endorses his re-election to the New York State Senate."

Upon learning of the endorsement, Senator Serrano issued the following statement: “I am extremely honored to receive this very important endorsement. LOHV-NYC has taken courageous stances and continues to lead the way in educating many on the importance of animal rights and dignity. In both my personal life and my political life I wholeheartedly believe in the causes the League fights for, and I am proud to stand with them as we continue the fight for the rights of animals in our state.”

LOHV-NYC’s endorsement process includes a written questionnaire and an in-person interview with its Director and members of its Executive Committee. The final decision on all endorsements is made by its Board of Directors.


LOHV-NYC is the non-partisan political voice of the city’s animal protection movement. For more information, please visit their webpage at www.humanenyc.org or call (212) 889-0303.
League of Humane Voters of New York City's E-News & Action Alerts, 5.6.06

For more information, visit www.humanenyc.org or call (212) 889-0303

LOHV-NYC has launched a brand new website with loads of information on issues and our endorsements. Point your browser to www.humanenyc.org and check it out!
Thursday, May 4th, 2006
11:38 pm
Man Seriously Injured In Horse Drawn Carriage Accident
On Friday, a young horse broke away from the carriage he was being forced to pull, galloping into Central Park and breaking the hip of a 71-year-old man named Lawrence McKittrick.


We don’t know this horse’s name but we have heard that he’s okay, all things considered. This incident comes just months after a similar accident left Spotty the horse dead on the streets of Manhattan and three people injured.

In a statement released earlier today by the Coalition to Ban Horse-Drawn Carriages, of which LOHV-NYC is a member, John Phillips explained that “Central Park is filled with bicyclists, runners, children and pedestrians, in addition to cars and taxis—it’s no place for horse carriages. The City Council and the Mayor should not wait for another accident before they address this issue.”

It’s also worth noting that Council Member Tony Avella’s recent misguided effort to help the horses, Intro. 44, would not have prevented an incident such as this; it would simply restrict horse-drawn carriages to Central Park while they were working. Intro. 44 would not alter or amend the existing horse carriage law regarding the temperature (or humidity) at which the horses are permitted to perform nor would it address the grossly inadequate shelter that they live in.

Meanwhile, lest we forget, the horse-drawn carriage industry is paying the lobbying firm Connelly and McLaughlin $2,000 a month, according to the New York Press, to ban pedicabs from Midtown because of alleged safety concerns. Happily, they appear to be failing. The second hearing on Intro. 75, a bill which we support that would regulate pedicabs, is scheduled for May 11th.

Please call your Council Member and urge them to sponsor legislation which would ban horse-drawn carriages in New York City. For more information or to find out who your Council Member is, click here or call us at (212) 889-0303.
Friday, April 28th, 2006
6:20 pm
NYC Should Ban Foie Gras
League of Humane Voters of New York City's E-News & Action Alerts, 4.28.06
For more information, visit http://www.humanenyc.org or call (212) 889-0303.

This past Wednesday, the Chicago City Council made history and passed legislation, by a vote of 48-1, to ban the sale of foie gras within city limits! NYC should follow the lead.

(Left: Ducks rescued from a foie gras farm now live at a sanctuary for abused animals. Photo by GourmetCruelty.COM)

As you may know, Foie gras, French for “fatty liver,” is produced by force-feeding ducks, by way of metal pipes shoved down their throats, until their livers become diseased. This delicacy of despair has been banned in numerous countries around the world. In 2004, California similarly enacted a ban on the sale and production of foie gras.

The New York Daily News reported today that we “shouldn’t “expect New York to follow the Windy City’s lead and ban the pricey delicacy.” We beg to differ. Brooklyn Council Member Simcha Felder can threaten to bring “chopped liver” to work every day if a ban is proposed but we know there are elected officials like Queens Council Member Peter Vallone, Jr. who wouldn’t touch the stuff with a 10-foot pole.

We know that Vallone, Jr. isn’t alone and that there are other compassionate Council Members opposed to this kind of abject cruelty. They just need to be encouraged to support a ban.

Please call/write your Council Member and urge him or her to follow the humane leadership of Chicago and support a ban on the sale of foie gras within city limits. To find out who your Council Member is, visit www.humanenyc.org or call (212) 889-0303.
Tuesday, April 25th, 2006
11:33 am
LOHV-NYC endorses Brian Kavanagh
The League of Humane Voters of New York City (“LOHV-NYC”), an animal protection political advocacy group with 6,000 members citywide, announced today that it is endorsing Democrat Brian Kavanagh for election to the Assembly on the Lower East Side of Manhattan.



“Brian Kavanagh has the smarts, energy and patience to get things done in Albany,” said John Phillips, LOHV-NYC’s Director, adding that “Brian will be a champion for animal protection issues and he deserves the vote of all humane voters in the 74th Assembly District.”



“We are thrilled to be working with Brian and we’re confident he has the resolve to get laws on the books to protect animals,” said Maryanne Byington, a LOHV-NYC Board Member and long-time resident of Alphabet City. In particular, Byington said she was impressed with Kavanagh’s commitment to humane education and to passing legislation which would outlaw the production of foie gras. Foie gras, French for “fatty liver,” is produced by force-feeding birds until their livers become diseased.



Kavanagh said he was “truly honored” to receive the endorsement and that he was looking forward to working with LOHV-NYC to advance humane measures in Albany.



LOHV-NYC’s endorsement process includes a written questionnaire (which is made available to members by request) and an in-person interview with its Director and members of its Executive Committee. The final decision on all endorsements is made by its Board of Directors.



For a complete list of LOHV-NYC’s 2006 endorsements, visit www.humanenyc.org or call (212) 889-0303.
Thursday, April 20th, 2006
1:17 pm
Council Member Mendez Opens doors for Humane Ed
LOHV-NYC E-News 4.19.06 -- for more info, visit www.humanenyc.org or call (212) 889-0303.



Council Member Mendez Opens Doors for Humane Education



As many of you know, the League of Humane Voters of New York City (LOHV-NYC) has been working with Humane Education Advocates Reaching Teachers (HEART) to help make elected officials aware of the strong Humane Education laws currently on the books in New York State. These laws include: 1) Section 809, enacted in 1947, which requires publicly-funded elementary schools to provide instruction in the humane treatment and protection of animals (the majority of educators in New York State are not aware that Section 809 exists); and 2) the more recently passed Project SAVE legislation (Safe Schools Against Violence in Education Act), which calls for instruction in character education in grades K through 12.



As you might imagine, it's very hard to bring humane education into schools despite the law. As we work to make Council Members aware of the existing law, we are asking for letters of support and endorsements.



One of the first Council Members to open doors for HEART is newly-elected Council Member Rosie Mendez (D-Manhattan), whom the League endorsed last year. Shortly after we met with her back in February, Rosie was on the move, chatting up the importance of humane education.



We are now thrilled to announce that PS188, located on the lower east side, will be one of the first to offer HEART’s humane education curriculum to its 5th, 6th and 7th grade students in the 2006-2007 academic year -- thanks to Rosie’s referral.



If you live on the lower east side or you are an educator, please call Rosie and personally thank her for support of humane legislation and humane education: (212) 677-1077.



PS: Make sure to follow these alerts in the weeks to come – LOHV-NYC and HEART will be launching a major new campaign to bring attention to existing humane ed. laws.



John Phillips

Executive Director

League of Humane Voters of New York City

151 First Avenue, Suite 237

New York, NY 10003-2965

Phone: (212) 889-0303

Email: john@HumaneNYC.org

Web: www.HumaneNYC.org
[ << Previous 20 ]
League of Humane Voters of New York City   About LiveJournal.com