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Happy New Year from Adirondack Animal Rights

We’d like to wish you all a happy, safe and compassionate new year!

Our first year was a busy and productive one.  We held six vegan potlucks at X’s to O’s Vegan Bakery; three included presentations by Michael Budkie of Stop Animal Exploitation Now!, Anthony Marr of Heal our Planet Earth and Global Anti-Hunting Coalition, and Jenny Brown of Woodstock Farm Animal Sanctuary.  We tabled at the NY’s Capital Region Vegetarian Expo, handed out literature outlining the cruelties of the dairy industry at a Got Milk? event at Empire State Plaza, collected petition signatures against the legalization of commercial whaling, against marine mammal captivity at Miami Seaquarium, in support of Skye’s Law and against the proposed Bion slaughterhouse in Oswego County.  We organized many protests against vivisection at Albany Medical College, Ringling Bros. and Walker Bros. circuses, the Adirondack Stampede Charity Rodeo, and the fur industry on Fur Free Friday.  We held a vegan bake sale as part of the Worldwide Vegan Bake Sale, organized film screenings of The Cove and Sharkwater and campaigned to raise awareness of a beaver skinning demonstration held at the Adirondack Museum.  We had an article discussing the cruel and unnecessary nature of hunting published in the Adirondack Explorer, countless letters to editors were printed in area papers, a few of our events were covered by local news stations and newspapers and we were even blogged about a couple of times.  You can now follow us on Facebook and Twitter, join us on Meetup and ask us any questions you have about animal rights and veganism anonymously on Formspring.

The new year will be bringing many new and exciting things.  We’re revamping the website and we’ve organized our first event of the year: our First Annual Vegan Chili Cookoff at X’s to O’s Vegan Bakery on January 22nd.  (More details to come on that soon!)  We’re also introducing blog posts about many different subjects, so you’ll be seeing much more than just news and updates about events here.  This is going to be a very exciting addition to the website.  If you’d like to submit a blog entry, please send it to us at adkanimalrights@gmail.com for our review.

Is your New Year’s Resolution to go vegan? It’s never too late to choose compassion in the new year! We’ll be releasing details soon about vegan resolution support. Stay tuned for more!

Thank you for your support and keep on fighting for animals’ rights!

NEW: Weekly Action Alerts

Each week we are going to be sharing contact information for an important action alert.  We’re hoping that you will take part in as many as possible. These are strictly email/letter/phone alerts.  You don’t need to be anywhere at any certain time to take part!

This week: Contact the DA in a local animal cruelty case.
Last month Robert Clow, of Brunswick, tied his girlfriend’s dog, Daisy, to a tree and shot her three times in the head.

The DA does not believe this should be prosecuted as a felony.

Buster’s Law (New York State’s Felony Animal Cruelty Law) states:

“A person is guilty of aggravated cruelty to animals when, with no justifiable purpose, he or she intentionally kills or intentionally causes serious physical injury to a companion animal with aggravated cruelty. For purposes of this section, ‘aggravated cruelty’ shall mean conduct which: is intended to cause extreme physical pain ***OR is done or carried out in an especially depraved or sadistic manner***.”

Chaining an innocent dog to a tree and shooting her three times in the head is depraved and sadistic.

Assemblyman Jim Tedisco (author of Buster’s Bill) and Valerie Lang (Rensselaer County Animal Protection Coalition) have both been trying to explain to DA McNally why this case should be prosecuted as a felony.

They need your help. Please take a moment to send a polite letter to the DA, explaining that this crime was depraved and sadistic, and asking that he charge this man with felony animal cruelty. (Quote the law above.)

Send your letters to:
Mr. Richard McNally, Esq.
District Attorney
Rensselaer County
80 Second Street
Troy, NY 12180

News articles:
http://www.troyrecord.com/articles/2010/10/24/news/doc4cc3d1fa86b4e464341174.txt

http://www.troyrecord.com/articles/2010/10/09/news/doc4caffa0b0a88b486022417.txt

http://www.troyrecord.com/articles/2010/10/14/opinion/doc4cb5de909eaaa706119489.txt

 

Here is a sample letter.  Please be sure to edit it and add your own comments.

Dear DA McNally,

Please reconsider the facts of the Robert Clow case. According to Section 353-a of Article 26 of the Agriculture and Markets Law relating to Cruelty to Animals (Buster’s Law), this crime should be prosecuted as a felony.
Mr. Clow tied his girlfriend’s dog to a tree and shot her three times in the head.

Buster’s Law states that, “A person is guilty of aggravated cruelty to animals when, with no justifiable purpose, he or she intentionally kills or intentionally causes serious physical injury to a companion animal with aggravated cruelty. For purposes of this section, ‘aggravated cruelty’ shall mean conduct which: is intended to cause extreme physical pain OR is done or carried out in an especially depraved or sadistic manner.”

While you may argue that Daisy may have died instantly, therefore not suffering extreme physical pain at the time she was killed, you cannot ignore the fact that this is a depraved and sadistic crime. There was absolutely no reason for Mr. Clow to tie her to a tree and shoot her in the head.

Please charge this man with felony animal cruelty.

Thank you.