NYC Council Members Scored on Animal Protection Records in 2006
New York, January 8 – The League of Humane Voters of New York City (LOHV-NYC) released its 2006 City Council Humane Scorecard today. In it, the 51 members of the New York City Council are scored on a scale from 0 to 100, according to whether they sponsored bills relating to the humane treatment of animals. The average score among all five boroughs was 38. Manhattan scored highest, with an average of 60.
“Millions of New Yorkers care about the humane treatment of animals, and many bring this concern with them to the polls,” said John Phillips, LOHV-NYC’s Executive Director. “The City Council Humane Scorecard holds legislators accountable to humane voters by bringing their records to light.”
The bills legislators were scored on are: the pets in housing bill, Intro 13; the pet shop sprinkler bill, Intro 417; a resolution in support of the New York State humane education mandate, Reso. 497; pedicab regulations (competitors of horse-drawn carriages), Intro. 75; and a bill to help the wild/exotic animals used in performances, Intro. 389. More information on each of the bills is included in the scorecard.
Who are the most animal friendly members of the City Council? Four legislators received perfect scores on the Humane Scorecard: Council Members Rosie Mendez (D-Manhattan), Melissa Mark-Viverito (D-Manhattan), Sara Gonzalez (D-Brooklyn), and Michael Nelson (D-Brooklyn). Mendez, a first-term Council Member, received LOHV-NYC’s Humane Legislator Award in November 2006.
“These four legislators are models of compassion and humane leadership,” Phillips said.
Which Council Members just don’t seem to care? Council Members Maria Baez (D-Bronx), Joel Rivera (D-Bronx), Helen Foster (D-Bronx), Hiram Monserrate (D-Queens), Leroy Comrie (D-Queens), Dennis Gallagher (D-Queens), David Yassky (D-Brooklyn), Albert Vann (D-Brooklyn), Erik Dilan (D-Brooklyn), Charles Barron (D-Brooklyn), Simcha Felder (D-Brooklyn), Kendall Stewart (D-Brooklyn), Domenic Recchia (D-Brooklyn) and Andrew Lanza (R-Staten Island) all got a 0 on the Humane Scorecard.
Speaker Christine Quinn (D-Manhattan) also received a 0. Although she recently called herself “a staunch advocate for animal rights” in a letter to constituents, Quinn also received a 0 on LOHV-NYC’s 2004-2005 Humane Scorecard.
“We are very disappointed that Speaker Quinn has not taken a leadership role on animal protection issues,” Phillips said.
Download LOHV-NYC’s 2006 City Council Humane Scorecard in PDF format online at http://www.humanenyc.org/scorecards.h
The League of Humane Voters of New York City (“LOHV-NYC”) mobilizes public concern for animals through the democratic political process. Recognizing that animal protection is a political issue as well as a moral issue, we campaign for the election of humane candidates to public office. Founded in 2001, LOHV-NYC has become the political arm of the local animal protection movement by building support amongst citizens, activists, political parties, candidates and elected representatives all over the city. LOHV-NYC’s membership now numbers more than 6,000.