Posted on November 14, 2012 by David
Superstorm, Frankenstorm, Halloween Ruiner. Regardless of its nickname, Hurricane Sandy ravaged much of the east coast, causing severe, and in some places, irreversible damage. However, people were not the only ones put in grave danger by this storm. While many of New York City’s weak swimmer rats drowned, many domestic pets were also displaced from their homes.
There is some good news. New York City has rallied around protecting the lives its domesticated animals. According to USA Today, all of the shelters in New York City accepted refugee pets, which legally they are not required to do. The efforts being made are a grim reminder of the results after Hurricane Katrina in 2005, which left approximately 250,000 pets homeless. It is unknown just how many animals were killed or subsequently died of dehydration/starvation in wake of Katrina. To avoid a repeat of this type of tragedy, city hotels that are usually not animal-friendly have waived restrictions and allowed pets to stay during the disaster. It remains unknown whether they were entitled to room service.
There were a few voices supporting animal rights and the importance of a safe haven during and after the storm. Tim Rickey of the ASPCA says, “”If your home isn’t safe for you, it’s not safe for your pet. Once you evacuate you never know when you will be back.” Furthermore, ASPCA at large is helping out in three major ways—by distributing pet supplies at several key points, providing veterinary care, and rescuing animals who were left behind. To donate to ASPCA’s Sandy relief efforts, visit here. (more…)
Filed under: animal advocacy | Tagged: animal advocacy, animal welfare, New York City, pets, Superstorm Sandy | 4 Comments »
Posted on April 5, 2010 by David
From the Finally Smelling the Decaf Desk: NY State’s Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) has ruled that the Indian Point Nuclear Power Plant (located just north of NYC) violates the Clean Water Act. The plant’s cooling technology, which has been obsolete for decades, kills so many fish and contaminates so much water that it cannot be relicensed without a substantial retrofit. Switching the plant over to modern cooling methods will cost over $1 billion and will require a significant shutdown.
The plant currently uses “once-through technology.” This means that it takes in 2.5 billion gallons of water per day– more than twice the average daily consumption of New York City – and turns it into steam, which then cools the reactors. The hot water is then pumped back into the river. (more…)
Filed under: animal law, endangered species, environmental law, marine animals | Tagged: animal law, Clean Water Act, DEC, endangered species, Entergy, environmental advocacy, environmental law, environmentalism, fish, Indian Point, New York City, nuclear energy, nuclear power, nuclear power plant, nuclear power plant cooling technology, nuclear reactor, NY Department of Environmental Conservation, shortnose sturgeon | 1 Comment »
Posted on February 10, 2010 by David
From the email (from the New York League of Humane Voters):
NYLHV Veterinarian Needs Your Help!
Dr. John Hynes, a veterinarian and Board Member of NYLHV has been nominated to the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) Executive Board. If Dr. Hynes is elected, he can work to strengthen animal welfare policies and help promote more humane legislation from within the organization. Although the AVMA ought to oppose cruel and inhumane treatment to animals, they actually support many practices that cause unnecessary pain and suffering to animals used for food, entertainment, research, and companionship. All veterinarians will receive a ballot in the mail this week. Please call your veterinarians TODAY and ask them to vote for Dr. Hynes when they receive their ballot. He is our best hope for improving conditions for animals, and getting more humane legislation passed through this national veterinary organization. To reach Dr. Hynes, or for more information, visit www.nycvet.org.
Filed under: animal advocacy, animal cruelty, animal ethics, animal law, animal welfare, Uncategorized | Tagged: American Veterinary Medicine Association, animal abuse, animal advocacy, animal cruelty, animal ethics, animal law, animal suffering, animal welfare, AVMA, Dr. John Hynes, New York City, New York League of Humane Voters, NYLHV, veterinary care, veterinary medicine | Leave a Comment »
Posted on December 8, 2009 by David
Creating an urban food policy for the nation’s largest city is an opportunity to accomplish something of genuine import. The key word here is “opportunity.” The proof will be in the pudding, as they say…
Filed under: diet | Tagged: Christine Quinn, diet, food choices, food policy, New York City, New York City Council, sustainability, sustainable agriculture, urban food policy | 1 Comment »