Earlier this year, New York passed a state law granting local governments greater authority to regulate the pet trade within their communities. As part of his Animal Protection Initiative, New York Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman is helping mayors and other officials on the local level understand their new powers. According to the NY Attorney General’s website, Schneidman’s office has sent 1,035 letters encouraging mayors to take advantage of the new law. Schneiderman is also offering assistance in drafting local legislation that would thwart puppy mills, increase regulation, and heighten standards of care for animals in the pet trade.
Take Action: New York residents, contact your local mayor’s office to express your support of local laws that protect animals in the pet trade.