"NYCLASS raises a paw for Councilman Vallone, Councilman Johnson and the broad coalition of co-sponsors of this important legislation mandating that every borough of New York has an accessible full-service facility providing sheltering, medical services and adoptions for homeless animals. For too long, shelters have been stretched beyond their means, leading to the euthanasia of otherwise healthy pets. A first rate city deserves a first rate animal shelter system."Read more
NYCLASS commends Council Member Ferreras for her introduction of the resolution in support of a $100 tax credit for New Yorkers who adopt a pet from a shelter.
MEDIA ADVISORY: Council Members Helen Rosenthal and Corey Johnson and Advocates Rally to Support Meatless Mondays ResolutionRead more
In response to the deaths of eleven horse at Aqueduct Race Track in Queens, New York:Read more
"We commend Mayor de Blasio for standing up against the "pandemonium" over the Central Park Zoo. Pandas are complex animals who, as breeding pairs, require over 10 square miles of forested space in the wild. They don't belong in a cramped enclosure in the middle of the biggest, most chaotic city in the country.
Pandas cost over a million dollars a year to keep, a commitment that New York's zoos aren't interested in shouldering. At zoos, pandas live in unnaturally small habitats for the amusement of guests under the guise of conservation, even though hundreds of pandas are kept captive despite lack of room and resources, and few have been successfully introduced to the wild."
"The restaurant and bar smoking ban was also unpopular at the time. People were up in hysterics, claiming that no one would ever socialize in public again. But 10 years later, it's considered one of the most successful public health initiatives in our city's history, while the bar and restaurant industry continues to thrive. When the carriage horses are off the streets, we'll look back at the absurdity of having animals pulling rickety 18th century carts in the middle of Manhattan traffic and say "What were people thinking?"Read more
In response to the New York City Council passing Intros 55A, 73A, 136A and 146A, NYCLASS released the following statement:
"This legislation is a step towards ending the puppy mill pipeline to New York City. This will protect dogs and cats, ensure that pet owners aren't unwittingly supporting unscrupulous breeders and help alleviate the overcrowding in city animal shelters. The thousands of NYCLASS supporters around the city thank the City Council for their leadership on this important issue."Read more