Wednesday, June 10, 2009

CM James Gets 88% On Humane Scorecard- NY League of Humane Voters

We are happy to say that Council Member Letitia James has scored 88% on the New York League of Humane Voter's 2009 Scorecard, tying Council Member Charles Barron for highest score among Brooklyn Council Members (the second time she's shared top honors with Council Member Barron!) Council Member James is thrilled that her concern for the lives and safety of animals is being recognized.

Please see the following message from Council Member Letitia James:

"I have a great respect for the work of the New York League of Humane Voters. As a Council Member, I have been supportive of legislation that protects the well-being of animals. Such legislation includes the protection of home-pets, the installation of functioning pet shop sprinklers, and the very important Res. 497-2006, which addresses compliance with Section 809 of the New York State Education Law requiring instruction on the humane treatment and protection of animals, and requiring that all elementary school principals direct their teachers to act in accordance with this requirement. Considering that animal abusers are five times more likely to commit violent crimes against people, and four times more likely to commit property crimes than people who have never committed such abuse, it seems evident that there is a clear and direct relationship between animal abuse and behavior disorders. This concern is at the heart of my fight against crime within the 35th District."

"Additionally, I have co-sponsored Int. 389-2006, which would prohibit the display of wild or exotic animals for public entertainment or amusement; and Int. 545-2007, which would prohibit pet owners from restraining animals outdoors for longer than three hours in any continuous twelve hour period. I myself put forth Reso. 1670-2008, which calls upon Animal Care and Control of New York City to establish a citywide Trap, Neuter, and Return program for feral animals. Aside from legislation, on October 2, 2008, my office co-sponsored a ‘Spay-and-Neuter Event’ along with the ASPCA, where a mobile spay-and-neuter clinic was parked within the district to serve the needs of residents. I continue to make the safety of all living creatures a priority."

Please see the New York League of Humane Voters website here.
And the 2009 Scorecard here.
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