Selected Articles from our
The C.A.S.H. Courier
ARTICLE from the Winter 2008 Issue
What’s LOHV been up to?
The League of Humane Voters started this quarter with two new chapter
launches and a commitment to stop canned hunt facilities in NY State.
We interceded effectively in stopping a proposal for a canned hunt
facility in Seneca County New York. Some of the details of that intervention
are recounted elsewhere in this issue. That occasion again reemphasized the
need to finalize our pending legislative proposal in the New York State
legislature to outlaw canned hunt operations in the state.
Through our efforts, corresponding bills had been introduced in the two
chambers of the New York State Legislature, the Assembly and the Senate, to
outlaw canned hunts. A legislative session in New York State runs for two
years. Since the bills had been introduced in 2007 they have to be approved
by both chambers before the end of the 2008 legislative year and submitted
to the governor for signature.
State Senator Frank Padavan
& Peter Muller
The Assembly passed bill A02612, sponsored by Assembly member Deborah J.
Glick of the 66th Assembly district (Lower West side of Manhattan). The
corresponding State Senate Bill S00784 sponsored by Senator Frank Padavan of
the 11th Senate District (northern Queens) got stuck in the Senate
Environmental Conservation Committee. Toward the end of the 2007 legislative
year Senator Padavan using some extraordinary procedures crow-barred the
bill out of the committee against the reluctance of the committee chair to
pass the bill out of committee. There was not sufficient time left in the
2007 legislative year to get it to the Senate floor for a vote by the full
Senate. So we are currently working on this final link to get the bill to
the Senate floor for a vote and then on to the governor for his signature.
chapter launches in Florida look very promising at this time. Our first
presentation was in Orlando on February 2nd. The venue was a great place
called “Ethos Vegan Kitchen,” it had a full array of vegan baked
goods ready for the attendees at 10:00 in the morning.
The presentation was enthusiastically received with much follow-up action
in the week following.
In the afternoon of the same day we drove to Tampa. The presentation had
been arranged by Joan Zacharias and Jodi Chemes; it turns out that both are
NY State transplants. We knew Joan from her activism in NY State and had the
pleasure meeting Jodi Chemes a very active organizer in Florida—originally
also from New York State.
The meeting was again enthusiastically received. We are expecting both
groups to make substantial contributions toward the enactment of animal
protective legislation in the very near future.
With three chapters in PA already, another LOHV presentation was given in
PA on February 16, 2008. Pittsburgh – where are you?
Tampa group in profound & intense discussion after the presentation.
In our last issue of C.A.S.H. we did not include the fact that the
Duke Ellington Legacy Band graced LOHV with its presence at the NYC
Dinner Cruise in October.
We hope to make up for that in this issue. Not only was the band there,
but they were there with many of the musicians present. But for a brief
dinner break, they played for almost two hours.
We thank Gaye Ellington and Edward Kennedy Ellington II.,
grandchildren of Duke Ellington. Gaye said: “Helping animals is good cause.”
are grateful to all of the band members. Nancy Reed overcame her fear of
water to join the band. Virginia Mayhew kept her balance regardless of the
boat’s rocking in choppy, late October waters.
We also thank Nellie McKay, who also graced us with her presence. Nellie
was a huge hit, delighting everyone when she sang Duke Ellington’s songs
with the band. Here she is dancing to Duke’s music with his grandson!
The amazing vegan dinner that was prepared by Main Essentials
chef, Enrique. Main Essentials is in Haverstraw, NY. It is all vegan,
Here is Enrique the chef and owner of Main Essentials of
We regret not having a photo of the amazing vegan Caribbean food.
Enrique is Marilyn Leybra, a wonderful wildlife rehabilitator and customer
who is enjoying her time at the restaurant. Enrique’s mission is to bring
healthful food to the world. He seems to be succeeding. This appeared in a
Rockland Newspaper. For the first time in more than a decade, Rockland
Country Day has changed lunch vendors from a commercial organization to a
local restaurant. After a year of committee meetings, taste tests and
student and parent comment, the school signed a one-year contract with
Main Essentials, a Haverstraw vegetarian restaurant that caters to
vegans — vegetarians who also don’t eat dairy or other animal products.