Petition Background (Preamble):
New York City Animal Care & Control shelters, operated and funded under the auspices of the NYC Department of Health and managed by Animal Care & Control Administration have been operating in defiance of every conceivable recognized humane welfare ethic and public law for far too long. The breadth and scope of these animal welfare violations and violations of law literally boggle the mind and defy all rationality.
Animals brought into NYC shelters are subjected to an ever-present epidemic of kennel cough which is used as an excuse to murder dogs as young as 8 months old. Dogs brought into NYC shelters healthy are sick within 4-6 days of incarceration and killed often one day after beginning treatment for kennel cough. Cats are mishandled and left to suffer and die from injuries or killed. Time constraints to find these animals homes can be as limited as one day, 5 days or can last for months, depending upon veiled decisions made by AC&C Administration, without rhyme, reason or explanation, but in most cases death is the result.
Conditions in NYC shelters can best be described as chaotic, unsanitary and overcrowded on a regular basis. Yet NY City Council has reneged on building two new shelters in two unrepresented boroughs in the Bronx and Queens promised and funded in 2011. AC&C Administration denies that it is killing for space, but when 330 dogs and 102 cats are murdered within 41 days, clearly, this belies AC&C claims. On average, NYC shelters kill 2,400-3,000 dogs and as many if not more cats every year which would be a lot more if not for the fact that NYC rescues save thousands. These animals are generally younger than 5 years old and highly adoptable, until AC&C finds an excuse to murder them.
Shelter workers and volunteers are bound by gag orders that violate First Amendment rights and it is apparent that they would not be asked to sign such gag orders if there were not things going on in NYC shelters the DOH and AC&C Administration does not want the public to know.
The concept of the word "euthanasia" - defined as "the merciful killing of sick or injured animals beyond redemption" - is regularly defiled when dogs as young as 8 months old are murdered, not because they're irredeemable or as a mercy, but for expedience.
To add insult to injury, prejudice is being used to eradicate a dog breed - Pit Bulls - that die in record numbers every day and which are condemned to death in shelters through a prejudicial public housing ban on dogs over 25 lbs. which conveniently targets Pit Bulls. As there is no Breed Specific Legislation in NYC, this is outright prejudice and persecution and yet another violation of not just animal welfare laws but accepted law.
NYC, with the culpability of Mayor Bloomberg, the Department of Health, AC&C Administration and NY City Council is operating horrific animal shelters best described as slaughterhouses with full knowledge of an epidemic of disease and unconscionable murder and aiding and abetting each other, they conceal the realities of shelter operations and violate shelter guidelines regularly.
The people of New York City that fund and rely on these shelters want the veil pulled back on NYC shelter operations. We request a long overdue investigation into shelter operations and conditions and we want to know what becomes of the remains of the murdered animals. To those that witness this senseless killing day-in and day-out it seems obvious that there must be a profit being made from this killing. We demand an investigation into this possibility as well.
As taxpaying citizens and as a society we owe no less to the innocent victims of NYC shelters and as decent people of conscience we seek to have NYC shelters become no-kill now, not after one million animals are senselessly murdered.
Attached is the links to a recent "kill list" and the "Gone" or "Destroyed" folders for a 28-day period showing 153 dogs killed in a 28-day period. Ninety-eight percent of these dogs were murdered for kennel cough and this is apparent on their blogs.
https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.275017085844511.78596.152876678058553&type=3 (Death List for dogs-05/03/13)
Cats are given no better fate as these folders will clearly reveal:
https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=576546779023825&set=a.576546742357162.1073741827.155925874419253&type=1&theater (Death List for cats - 05/03/13)
IT'S TIME TO PUT A STOP TO THE CONSPIRACY OF MURDER IN NEW YORK CITY. AS A SOCIETY THIS IS OUR DUTY. FOR THE ANIMALS IT IS LIFE OR DEATH.
WE DEMAND AN INVESTIGATION!
THIS PETITION IS CO-SPONSORED BY CHRISTINA AVINO, EMMA THORNTON AND LORRAINE A. CRIMANDO.
We ask that you sign and circulate this petition right away. NYC is literally getting away with murder.
We deserve answers and we need them to stem the tide of slaughter. It's time to pull back the veil of secrecy the Mayor, Department of Health and Animal Care & Control Administration hides behind and to force NY City Council to take action now, not later.