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We advocate on all animal protection and exploitation issues, including experimentation, factory farming, rodeos, breeders and traveling animal acts.

Animal Defenders of Westchester
P.O. Box 205
Yonkers, NY 10704

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Foie Gras Legislation

The 227th legislative session opened on January 12, 2004. The bills that would ban foie gras production (info below) will hopefully be voted on in the next few weeks. During a phone call to his office, Assemblyman Jack McEneny, (D) Albany, who re-introduced the bills, urged us to contact Assemblyman McGee and ask him to put these bills on the Agenda ASAP, and to vote them out of committee.

Email: mageew@assembly.state.ny.us  

Also, please continue to contact your local senators and assemblypersons and strongly urge them to support the respective bills:

A 1821 (Assembly) - in Agriculture Committee since March 24;

S 5153 (Senate) - in Rules Committee since May 19

Ask your senate and assembly reps to do whatever it takes to get the bills out of committee for a full vote, including getting the Chairs of each committee to move these bills out of committee!

McEneny's office says some members will be reluctant to challenge the Farm lobby. Tell legislators to familiarize themselves with the foie gras controversy now, so they can be prepared for the next legislative session. Remind them that Israel, a major foie gras producer, is fazing it out by 2005; this time span gives the 'poor' fg employees time to find another career. Remind them how embarrassing it is that NY still deals in such archaic cruelty.

LOCAL LEGISLATOR INFO IS AVAILABLE ON THE FOLLOWING WEBSITE:

www.nysegov.com click 'Government', then click 'state government.' Pick SENATE or ASSEMBLY. You will be able to find your local legislators by zip code; this site also provides all their email addresses.

(This site also includes a citizen's guide for lobbying government).

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