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2023 NYS Legislative Update

The bills highlighted below have recently been passed by the NYS Legislature and now await Governor Hochul's review and signature before they can become law. Together we can make a difference!

  • The Honorable Kathy Hochul
    Governor of New York State
    NYS State Capitol Building
    Albany, NY 12224

  • Phone: 518-474-8390

Horse Slaughter Ban

If enacted into law, will prohibits the slaughter of horses for human or animal consumption and further provides that it is unlawful to import, export, sell, purchase, barter, transport, or possess a horse or horseflesh with the intent of slaughtering or having another person slaughter the horse for human or animal consumption.

Please contact Governor Kathy Hochul and ask her to sign Assembly Bill 5109-A and Senate Bill 2163-B into law.

Let Governor Hochul know:

  • Horse slaughter is inhumane and should be banned.
  • Although horses have not been slaughtered in the United States for more than a decade due to restrictions on inspection funding, American equines continue to endure a grueling journey to Mexico and Canada to be slaughtered there.
  • Hundreds of thousands of U.S. horses have been transported out of the U.S. to be slaughtered.
  • It has been reported that many horses shipped to slaughter are young, healthy animals while others are old, sick, blind, and crippled and are particularly unfit to withstand the rigors of the long journey to the slaughterhouses. Panicked horses endure even more horrors at the slaughterhouse. It has been reported that many horses need repeated blows to the head before being stunned and killed.

Birds and Bees Protection Act

If enacted into law, will restrict the sale, purchase, and distribution of corn, soybean, and wheat seeds coated or treated with certain pesticides and prohibits the application and treatment of outdoor ornamental plants and turf with certain pesticides.

Please contact Governor Kathy Hochul and ask her to sign Assembly Bill 7640 and Senate Bill 1856-A into law.

Let Governor Hochul know that this legislation will curtail massive bee and bird deaths and protect our environment. It has been reported that beekeepers in New York have lost more than 40% of their bee colonies during the last decade, in large part due to the pesticides that this legislation restricts.

Increased Fines for Selling Disabled Horses and Other Equidae

Assembly Bill 3552-A and Senate Bill 1677-A.

If enacted into law, it will increase the fine for selling disabled horses and other Equidae.

Issuance of "Hope Cards" to Domestic Violence Victims

Assembly Bill 5040 and Senate Bill 5935.

If enacted into law, will provide that people who have been granted a final order of protection shall, upon their request, be issued a card which contains information about people and animals covered under such order.