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.
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
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
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