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Public Forum on New York Animal Protection Issues with Senator Tony Avella

January 06, 2014 | Take Action

Join us on January 17th at a Public Forum hosted by New York State Senator Tony Avella to address animal protection issues in the state of New York.

The Public Forum will be an opportunity to hear from animal protection advocates, including a testimony by our New York Director, and the public about the many ways we are failing to protect animals in this state and to discuss real solutions that will result in actual changes that impact these animals’ lives.

The floor will be open to the public after the animal advocacy groups have spoken, as time permits.

Those who attend and sign up first will be able to testify within the parameters of 2-3 minutes per speaker and are asked to provide 10 copies of their written testimony. 

The forum will be held on Friday, January 17, 2014 at 10:30 am in the Senate Hearing Room, 19th Floor, 250 Broadway, New York, NY.


We hope to see you there!


Hello Senator Avella,
I am writing to you about the horrible event scheduled for next month in Holley--specifically the squirrel slam.This is barbaric,hateful and really at this point serves no purpose except to kill innocent animals.The fire dept.there claims this as their annual fund raiser,but many have offered to stop this event and find several other ways to raise money,but have been arrogantly ignored.
So I am asking you to please do what you can to stop this event.
Thank you so much.
Beatrice Bell

The point of squirrel slam is to raise funds for the fire department, right?
You have to pay an entry fee to kill squirrels.
How about, instead of paying a fee to brutally execute hundreds of innocent animals, people donate that amount to the fire department.

How hard is that to figure out???

If the community wants to come together in solidarity for the fire department they can hold a fair that promotes family interaction, not an event that teaches kids how to kill animals.

That's my suggestion - donate the entry fee, save some squirrels, and teach kids to respect animal rights.

Lindsey Back

And in fact, Friends of Animals offered to do just that and its offer was turned down.

Please stop the squirrel slam. It is very cruel and unnecessary to harm innocent and defenseless animals. Be a man and show some compassion!

Please do not let Holley do this horrible thing to poor innocent little squirrels. Many of them pregnant at this time of year. It's cruel to say the least and unneccesary. They have been doing this for years and encouraging young children to participate. We should be teaching our children to love and respect wildlife and nature. Encourage them to preserve and not kill. It's sick and barbaric the way these people carry on and you people have had a whole year to do something about it. Please do not allow this to be swept under the rug and put on the back burner because you don't feel it's important enough. It is important. Animals have feelings just like you and I do and they feel fear. How about the hunter's being the hunted for once!
Get a bill passed as we have all asked for since last year. You all want the votes, well do something. Don't just talk about it.


I would love to see an end to these types of killing contests like the annual one held in Holley, NY. Legislation is the only way to put an end to them. NY state could be a real leader in ending these barbaric practices. There are many ways to bond with children in the out-of-doors instead of these events. And many ways to raise funds for fire departments.

These types of animal killing contests that offer money and guns as prizes are popping up all over the country. Aren't we better than this in 2014? Mass killings of animals should not be celebrated as entertainment or fund raising events. I commend Senator Tony Avella and Friends of Animals for having the guts to stand up to the groups and organizations that promote these inhumane events. I'm counting on the good people of New York to set a precedent that can be presented to the rest of the country and end this cruelty once and for all.

Please consider revisiting the NY State Rules, Regulations and Laws the Office of Professional Discipline uses to evaluate complaints against NY State veterinarians. The way complaints are currently reviewed leaves no way for a vet to be held accountable for negligent behavior or veterinary malpractice. Meaning that vets are held to zero standards of care in NY State - as all practice behaviors are considered 'guidelines' and the Office of Professional Discipline will only consider complaints based on Rules, Regulations and Law.

"The practice guidelines do not replace legal requirements for practice nor are they grounds for professional misconduct. Practice guidelines do not carry the force of law or regulation. Practitioners must specifically become familiar with and observe the legal requirements associated with professional practice."

Meaning they don't have to follow any established guidelines nor can they be held accountable to them.

Here is all they are held accountable to:

Nowhere in these laws/regulations is there an opportunity for a vet to be held accountable for providing a below average standard of care (because standard of care is a guideline). Nowhere in these laws/regulations is there an opportunity for a vet to be reprimanded for causing undue pain to a pet or killing a pet under their care.

My dog's vet dropped his blood glucose to under 20 with one dose of insulin and told us to give him that same dose twice daily. We have it in writing and submitted it to our state board. His diagnosing vet failed to recommend any diagnostics and his records show that not even an urinalysis was run on a newly diagnosed diabetic dog. This vet failed to share how vaccinating an unhealthy dog could put him at risk, thus taking aware our opportunity to decline or delay the series of seven vaccinations (including the 3 year rabies) he gave him. He failed to document the serial numbers of the vaccinations and where he gave the seven vaccinations (eg. - same exact area he gave him insulin injections). His failure to run diagnostics likely missed pancreatitis, high lipids and hypothyroidism. His written prescription for overdosing nearly killed our dog the first week he was home. Yet he has been cleared of any wrong doing because our complaint was based on practice guidelines and only rules, regulations and law can be considered. He gets the opportunity to continue to put other pets under his care at risk and customers get to pay for that negligent care - and some might pay the ultimate price with the loss of their pet. If a professional holds a degree and a licence to practice medicine, and their level of qualification comes under question by paying customers, why is there no system in place where that degree and license and privilege to practice (based on guidelines) can be reviewed in NY State?

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