ALBANY, N.Y.—The New York State Senate marked the 4th annual Animal Advocacy Day at the Capitol by passing bills to protect animals from harm and cruelty on Wednesday.
Animal Advocacy Day brought together lawmakers, law enforcement, and hundreds of pet owners to raise awareness.
“Most people can agree that the level of respect and kindness shown for animals, creatures who cannot speak for themselves, or protect themselves, is a fine predictor of how a person will treat their peers. Violent and cruel behavior towards animals, cannot and should not be tolerated,” said Senator Greg Ball.
The senate passed bills that would prohibit people convicted under the historic animal cruelty measure, “Buster’s Law”, from ever owning an animal again, and expand the crime of aggravated cruelty to animals to include harm to a companion animal during the commission of a felony.
The bills were sent to the Assembly.