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Donna Lupardo

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Donna A. Lupardo is a member of the New York State Assembly representing the 123rd Assembly District, which includes the city of Binghamton, New York, as well as the towns of Vestal, New York and Union, New York.

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Pass CAPA Legislation in New York & Stop the Killing of Healthy & Treatable Animals!

A horrifying video was recorded on Thursday, May 9th, 2019, at the New York City pound in Manhattan. The video shows a 'euth tech' attempting to block the view of a rescue volunteer who bravely kept recording as uncaring ACC employees dragged a frightened dog named Maverick to the kill room. Maverick seemed to sense his fate and resisted his killers by lying down, showing no sign of aggression. Maverick's Story & Video Featured in the NY Post: From Pet Rescue Report:  “ACCORDING TO THE [NYPD] OFFICER WHO DEALT WITH MAVERICK… Officer Teng stated he had no trouble with MAVERICK, and seemed surprised and taken aback to hear that he had been killed by NYC ACC. Officer Teng said the son in MAVERICK’s family brought the dog who was wagging his tail out to the police car and MAVERICK hopped right into the back, and rode calmly with Officer Teng without incident to the Precinct, where he remained calm and friendly until ACC later picked-up MAVERICK. Officer Teng stated that only the father of the family had ever had a problem with MAVERICK, who had bitten the father once before. Officer Teng clearly described a dog who was not unmanageable or vicious in any way, and was not, and did not need to be restrained at any time the Officer was with what he also described as a friendly and calm dog.” Echoing the collective sentiment of people everywhere who were affected by Maverick’s viral video, an animal advocate asked, “How can something like this be allowed to happen?” But the real question is how often does it happen? The truth is if the atrocity had not been recorded by a rescue volunteer who happened to be in the right place at the right time with a camera phone at the ready, Maverick’s story would never have been told, and Maverick would have died in silence among the countless, nameless victims who advocates refer to as ‘Silent Kills,’ those who never appear on any kill list and are given no chance at adoption, rescue, or redemption of any kind. Maverick’s story demonstrates that friendly and rehabilitatable animals are being killed in secret. There are no standards. There is no oversight. No one is ever held accountable. This has to change! We are No Kill Now! • Campaign for New York CAPA, a group of animal advocates from across the country dedicated to introducing and passing legislation to end the killing of healthy and treatable shelter animals in New York State. We believe that temporarily homeless companion animals deserve a safe haven when entering a ‘shelter’ and should be treated with compassion and provided prompt and necessary veterinary care, socialization, and rehabilitative services. These are things that sentient beings deserve and to which they are entitled. And above all, we believe that all animals have the Right to Live. The Companion Animal Protection Act (CAPA) is model Shelter Reform legislation that was developed by the No Kill Advocacy Center to protect the lives of vulnerable impounded animals. In addition to establishing minimum standards that would improve the quality of care that animals receive in shelters, CAPA would require that certain conditions be met before an animal can be killed that would prevent the senseless slaughter of thousands of adoptable dogs and cats each year in regressive pounds across New York State. CAPA would require shelters to have fully functioning adoption programs, including off-site adoptions, use of the internet to promote animals and varied adoption hours to facilitate the public. CAPA would require shelters to be transparent with their statistics. CAPA would prohibit the killing of a dog or cat when there is available kennel space or the animal can be transferred to another facility. CAPA would prohibit the killing of an animal without actively seeking a foster home for that animal. CAPA would prohibit the killing of an animal when a qualified rescue group is willing to save that animal. CAPA would require shelters to notify participating rescue groups of all animals who are scheduled to be killed and would grant registered 501(c)(3) organizations the right to save those animals on demand. CAPA would make it illegal for pounds to discriminate against dogs based on how they look. CAPA would end the policy of rounding-up and killing free-roaming cats who are not social with people and do not belong in shelters... Community cats would be spay-neutered, and if they could not be adopted they would be released to their habitats in lieu of killing. CAPA would end the practice of killing 'owner surrendered' animals within minutes of arrival at the shelter without ever giving them a chance at adoption... No more Silent Killing! CAPA would put an end to animals losing their lives for senseless reasons, such as having easily treatable colds or kennel cough which are usually acquired after entering the shelter. Dogs would no longer be killed for minor behavior or socialization issues, like mouthing their leashes, resource guarding, or not getting along with other dogs. And animals would no longer be killed for being confused and afraid in a terrifying and unknown environment, a common kill pound practice that is particularly cruel and sadistic. CAPA would require shelters to follow the No Kill Equation, the only proven model for open-admission municipal shelters that has led to placement rates for 'Pit Bulls' of 99% in Austin, TX, and Muncie, IN, both of which are model No Kill communities that achieved their phenomenal success after passing the common-sense statutes of CAPA. CAPA is designed to be implemented at no additional cost to taxpayers. In fact, CAPA would save New Yorkers money as it saves lives, as has been demonstrated in the State of Delaware and in every city that has passed CAPA, where higher save rates have translated into an increase in the collection of adoption fees and lower costs associated with killing and body disposal. Any additional costs resulting from animals living longer in shelters have been more than offset by the dramatic increase in adoption revenues and corresponding reductions in killing. In other words, No Kill pays for itself. CAPA also mandates that shelters form partnerships with 501(c)(3) rescue groups which absorb the costs of animal care, transferring expenses from government-run shelters to private charities, thereby alleviating the burden on taxpayers. This has been demonstrated in every community where CAPA has passed, including California, which passed CAPA-like legislation (the ‘Hayden Law’ in 1999) that enabled rescue groups to save threatened animals on demand. Please sign our Petition and stand with us in support of the Companion Animal Protection Act, cost-effective lifesaving legislation that is so long overdue. If we don't stand up and demand humane treatment for shelter animals who have no voice and no legal rights, who will? If not now, when? Join No Kill Now! • Campaign for New York CAPA on Facebook: New York CAPA: Companion Animal Protection Act (Model CAPA): No Kill Equation: Redemption: The No Kill Revolution In America (video): The Myth of Pet Overpopulation (video): No Kill 101 (video): Dollars & Sense: The Economic Benefits of No Kill Animal Control: For more information on the economic benefits of cost-effective No Kill legislation, which provides value to the community at no additional expense to taxpayers, please click here:  

Cindi Lyn
48,223 supporters
Petitioning Didi Barrett, Daphne Jordan, Andrew M. Cuomo, Chris Tague, Kevin Cahill, Jonathon Jacobson, Kieran Michael Lalor, Jake Ashby, Crystal D. Peoples-Stokes, Carmine E Arroyo, Rodneyse Bichotte, Carl He...

Reinstate NY Religious Exemptions to Vaccines

We the undersigned, are calling on you to  work for the repeal of the newly enacted ban on religious exemptions to vaccines. The US Constitution, our civil rights, the Nuremberg Code, parental prerogative, science and statistics have all been ignored in the process leading up to the passage of New York Assembly Bill 2371a. Our outrage about the passage of this bill is founded upon the reasons that we discuss here. Our founding Fathers placed great importance on religious freedom by emphasizing it in the very first amendment in the Constitution’s Bill of Rights: “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof: or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press: or the right of people peaceably to assemble and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.” How we as individuals feel about another person’s religion is irrelevant. We do not even need to understand another person’s religion. Beliefs are non-negotiable. Our country was based on the concept that there are many ways to walk with God and all ways should be honored and respected. The 14th amendment in the Bill of Rights protects all of us, vaccinated or not. It says we all should receive the same “privileges” (such as education) just by being citizens. It says: “All persons born or naturalized in the United States, and subject to the jurisdiction thereof, are citizens of the United States and of the State wherein they reside. No State shall make or enforce any law which shall abridge the privileges or immunities of citizens of the United States: nor shall any State deprive any person of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law: nor deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws.” Bill A2371a is in direct opposition to the Nuremberg Code. The Nuremberg Code came out of the Nuremberg Trials after World War II and is an international agreement on the treatment of human beings and their inherent rights. There are ten points to this Code. The very first point is: “The voluntary consent of the human subject is absolutely essential. This means that the person involved should have legal capacity to give consent; should be so situated as to be able to exercise free power of choice, without the intervention of any element of force, fraud, deceit, duress, over-reaching, or other ulterior form of constraint or coercion; and should have sufficient knowledge and comprehension of the elements of the subject matter involved, as to enable him to make an understanding and enlightened decision. This latter element requires that, before the acceptance of an affirmative decision by the experimental subject, there should be made known to him the nature, duration, and purpose of the experiment; the method and means by which it is to be conducted; all inconveniences and hazards reasonably to be expected; and the effects upon his health or person, which may possibly come from his participation in the experiment. The duty and responsibility for ascertaining the quality of the consent rests upon each individual who initiates, directs or engages in the experiment. It is a personal duty and responsibility which may not be delegated to another with impunity.” Forcing people to vaccinate their children goes against this Code. Children cannot give consent as they are not legally or mentally able to make these decisions and should not be placed in the position of  having to do so (as with the proposed bills on HPV and other vaccines). A child who is deemed not old enough to drive, drink alcohol, get married or vote is surely not old enough to make important medical decisions that may have life-long effects. Referring to this year’s outbreak of measles as an “epidemic” is misleading and inflammatory language when compared to other causes of death. There has been one death due to complications of measles (pneumonia) in the last twenty years. While of course, any death is regrettable, this one death hardly represents an epidemic. Real epidemics in our country include:* 70,237 deaths from drug overdose 47,123 deaths from suicide 35,000 deaths from car accident 15,000 deaths from gunshot (plus 28,000 injuries from gunshot)These numbers do not include  those who have died from suicide 42,743 cases of tick borne illnesses (a conservative number as many more went undiagnosed and unreported) *these numbers are from the CDC and are for 2017 only. According to the CDC, early childhood illnesses were declining even before the first use of vaccines. When people get an illness like measles, they then have life-long immunity; whereas with the vaccine they need continual boosters. The fact that the pharmaceutical companies require multiple boosters and that many people who have received vaccines still get “early childhood illnesses” proves that the effectiveness of vaccines should be questioned. The negative effects of vaccines have been intentionally hidden as proven by the National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program (NVICP)  created by the US government to protect vaccine producing companies from lawsuits. The NVICP has paid out over $4 billion in claims in thousands of cases. This allows big pharmaceutical companies to continue making vast amounts of money with no accountability.  Common ingredients in vaccines include:* live virus propagated in chick embryos, guinea pig cell cultures, bovine (cow) and porcine (pig) cells, human diploid lung fibroblasts (cultured from aborted human fetuses), human albumin, fetal bovine serum, hydrochloric acid, MSG, MRC-5 cells including DNA and protein, EDTA, phenoxyethanol (a preservative that the FDA has warned is harmful to babies), glutaraldehyde (a disinfectant), up to 500mcg of aluminum, formaldehyde, polysorbate 20 and 80, soy, and vero cells from the African Green Monkey kidneys. You can see from this short list that vaccinations represent serious and often dangerous issues for people who need to remain Kosher and for whom beef or pork is forbidden, people who have convictions against abortion due to religious beliefs, people who find the use of human fetuses and human DNA inhumane or medically questionable, people who have egg/soy/gluten allergies, or people who are vegetarian.  *The ingredients listed herein are easily found on product inserts from vaccine manufacturers such as Merck & Co. and GlaxoSmithKline. Furthermore, the vaccine “catch up” schedule is dangerous and untested. Time is required between each vaccine dose for antibodies to develop. There have been no studies on multiple vaccines in a short period of time. We do not know how this will affect our growing children. By forcing these vaccinations, you are condoning experimenting on our children without our consent and without care or knowledge of the potential consequences. Being able to look at individual risk factors such as autoimmune illnesses, immunocompromised situations, family history of reactions to vaccines, allergies and other developmental concerns before administering a vaccine, would be the medically responsible thing to do. However, we have not been able to find any information about acceptable NY State medical exemptions. When a doctor was asked, we were told an adverse reaction must happen after receiving a vaccine before a medical exemption can be granted. This means that we must risk irreversible damage and only have an exemption from further vaccines after the damage has been done to our children. We find this wanton disregard for the safety and wellbeing of our children unacceptable. There are other questions that must be addressed related to the new law. For example: What about providing an equal education to the children who have special needs and Individulal Education Plans (IEPs)? What steps are being taken to support them when they are now denied services at any public or private school?  We reject the label that we are “anti-vaccine”. We are pro-informed choice. There should always be choice and informed consent in any medical procedure. According to the Johns Hopkins Medical School website, medical error is the third leading cause of death in the USA. We cannot leave these decisions to others. Each individual must be able to understand the possible benefits and possible risks of any medicine, vaccine or procedure and take responsibility for consent or dissent. We must all be able to say “Yes” or “No”. To deny bodily autonomy and parental prerogative goes against the principles on which this country is founded. This position is the equivalent to My Body = My Choice.  We need to be able to make careful choices based on our families religious and health needs. Each family should be able to make the choice that is best for their children. The government does not know our children. We do. We are relying on our elected officials to stand up for and protect our religious and civil rights. Again we ask you to please do all you can to repeal Bill A2371a.  For further information please check these websites: We also encourage you to research vaccine injury. A good start would be to research VAERS (Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System) at to read reports in the Children’s Health Defense News and Views. 

Jennifer McIsaac
28,036 supporters
Petitioning Andrew M. Cuomo, Aravella Simotas, Carmen Arroyo, Didi Barrett, Rodneyse Bichotte, Vivian Cook, Maritza Davila, Carmen N. De La Rosa, Inez E. Dickens, Patricia Fahy, Sandra R. Galef, Deborah Glick,...

Require Hospitals to Publish Data on Pregnancy Outcomes

Since January, New York has lost at least three Black mothers due to childbirth related deaths: in July, Sha-Asia Washington died during a Cesarean birth at Woodhull Hospital; in April, Amber Rose Isaac died during a Cesarean birth at Montefiore Medical Center; and in March, Cordielle Street died a week after she gave birth due to complications. Their deaths are the direct result of racism that has led to a Black maternal mortality crisis in New York and the United States, as a whole: Black women, nationally, are at least three times more likely to die from pregnancy and birth related complications--in New York, this number is closer to twelve times--and 50% more likely to suffer severe pregnancy and birth complications than white women.  In 2016, New York State Law § 2803-J Information for Maternity Patients was passed, mandating that New York hospitals annually publish their data on birth related events and procedures such as number of vaginal or Cesarean births, use of forceps or vacuum, inductions, vaginal births after prior Cesareans, and other vital statistics. In light of the ongoing Black maternal mortality crisis, we insist this law be expanded to include reporting on maternal deaths, before, during and up to six weeks after childbirth; third trimester fetal losses and stillbirths; hemorrhage; and injuries related to childbirth including damage to tissue and organs during Cesarean birth, third and fourth degree tearing; with a racial break down on all data points. In low income, predominantly Black or Hispanic neighborhoods physical proximity to a hospital is often a major deciding factor of where to receive prenatal and labor care. Recent studies show that the hospital at which pregnant people receive care is a primary determinant of Cesarean rates, morbidity and mortality. In absence of published hospital data regarding pregnancy outcomes, pregnant people and particularly Black women in New York State, cannot make informed decisions about where to receive their care or whether their local hospital is a safe place for them to birth their babies. Transparency in racial disparities of pregnancy and birth outcomes is an essential step in ensuring better outcomes for all pregnant New Yorkers. New York’s hospitals have been allowed to operate with impunity after deaths, loss or injury occur for too long. Requiring hospitals to publish maternal, fetal and infant morbidity and mortality data is essential in holding these institutions accountable for preventable injuries and deaths and improving pregnancy outcomes for patients. We implore you to amend New York State Law § 2803-J Information for Maternity Patients to include statistics and racial data on maternal deaths, third trimester fetal losses and stillbirths, and birth related injuries. This information is critical in the fight against New York’s maternal mortality crisis and vast racial disparities in maternal health.

Jessica Pournaras
16,054 supporters
Petitioning Peter Abbate Jr., Thomas Abinanti, Carmen Arroyo, Jacob C. Ashby, Jeffrion Aubry, William Barclay, Brian Barnwell, Didi Barrett, Charles Barron, Michael Benedetto, Rodneyse Bichotte, Michael Blake,...

Enact a law in New York to protect honey bee swarms and colonies from extermination.

IMPORTANT UPDATE!  The law is pending! Please send emails to your representatives. More information in the update below. Purpose of petition: Institute a law in New York to protect hanging honey bee swarms and honey bee colonies that are located in structures or other places where they are unwanted from extermination by pest control companies or the general public. I ask for your signature to help make it illegal to kill honey bee swarms and unwelcome honey bee colonies because I recently witnessed the effects of the poisoning of a hanging swarm of honey bees. It took days for the bees to die. They were not causing any harm to anyone; if a beekeeper were called instead of using poison, they could have been relocated rather than poisoned. Background: The European (or western) Honey Bee, (Apis mellifera) was first introduced to the United States in 1622. By 1947, America had almost 6 million managed honey bee colonies. Today, we have an estimated 2.67 million managed honey bee colonies. Over the past decade, American honey bee colonies have been dying at an average rate of about 30% per year. Beekeepers in the United States lost an estimated 40.1% of their managed honey bee colonies during the 2017-2018 period. During this period, New York lost 40.4% of its managed honey bee colonies; Connecticut, 73%; Massachusetts, 64.9; Vermont, 57.1; Pennsylvania, 53.1%; and New Jersey, 45.6%. The decline of managed honey bees is alarming and we must take action to protect honey bees before it is too late. (The 2018-2019 national honey bee loss data has not yet been released.) The honey bee occupies every continent except Antarctica; this species is the single most important pollinator for global agriculture and plant reproduction. Honey bees, the "Angels of Agriculture" links the animal and plant kingdoms, and are the strongest link in the chain between food producers and consumers. Honey bees’ role in human survival is overlooked and undervalued. Through pollination, they are responsible for many of the fruits and vegetables we eat, and provide food and shelter for wildlife. Of the 100 crop species that provide 90% of the global food supply, 71 crops are pollinated by honey bees. The effect of honey bees on the economy and ecosystem diversity is significant. Honey bees are an indispensable part of our planet's ecology. Honey bees contribute close to $20 billion to the value of U.S. crop production and provide increased yields and superior quality crops to growers and consumers. They are responsible for pollinating approximately 80% of all American agricultural food crops. While native bees and other pollinators do provide pollination, research indicates there have been substantial losses of wild bees; both the number of wild bee species and their population numbers appear to have declined. With a declining pollination force, our food industry will see negative changes in production, quality, price, and availability. Higher prices for fruits and vegetables will become the norm as they become harder to obtain. In New York State, honey bees pollinate more than $300 million worth of agricultural crops. New York State is home to more than 60,000 honey bee colonies, but that is not enough for our needs! Additional colonies are shipped into New York to fulfill our pollination requirements. Without a healthy honey bee population, fruit and vegetable production would be at risk. The problem. Honeybees are not protected under the Endangered Species Act, and there are no federal laws to prohibit people from killing them. Contrary to popular belief, in New York State it is not illegal to kill honey bees. Pest control companies and the general public can exterminate honey bee colonies or hanging swarms at any time, for any reason. This must stop. New Jersey, our neighboring state, has a law in place that protects honeybee swarms and honey bee colonies that are located in structures or places where they are unwanted. This petition and those who sign it ask for a very similar law to be adopted in New York State. Protection of the honey bee is in the best interest of the people of the State of New York.Below is the text of New Jersey law. SUBCHAPTER 6. PRESERVATION OF HONEY BEE COLONIES § 2:24-6.1 Relocating honey bee colonies (a) To preserve honey bee colonies in the State, any person including certified and licensed responsible pesticide applicators and commercial pesticide applicators and operators operating in the State shall contact the State Apiarist by phone at least 24 hours in advance of extermination of honey bees to obtain assistance in trying to relocate nuisance honey bee colonies or hanging swarms of honey bees, in lieu of destroying said honey bees. Honey bees shall not be destroyed without prior approval from the State Apiarist.(b) In the event the State Apiarist is not reachable, any person including certified and licensed responsible pesticide applicators and commercial pesticide applicators and operators shall attempt to contact no fewer than three beekeepers identified by the New Jersey Beekeepers Association as swarm collectors servicing the affected county, in order to obtain assistance in relocating nuisance honey bee colonies or hanging swarms before nuisance honey bee colonies or hanging swarms of honey bees may be destroyed. (c) The New Jersey Beekeepers Association maintains a website listing beekeepers offering to collect honey bee swarms and colonies inside structures at:  More background:A honey bee swarm is the birth of a new colony, and is a beautiful, natural phenomenon. Although honey bees can swarm at almost any time of the year, swarm season in New York typically occurs in May and June. Swarming is a natural biological function of honey bees. Honey bee swarms are not dangerous and are very gentle. They tend to be at their most docile phase of life while in a swarm. They have no home or young to defend. Their stomachs are filled with honey, so they are practically unable to sting. They usually hang on a bush or tree branch while scout bees look for a dry dark cavity. When they agree on the location, the swarm will take flight and move into that cavity. This process can take from minutes to days, depending on the weather and availability of a suitable new home. Allowing a beekeeper to capture the swarm alive, rather than be exterminated by pest control companies or the general public (out of fear, ignorance, and greed), can help save honey bees. Swarms of honey bees only have a survival rate of about 25% on their own, so if we allow a beekeeper to relocate them, they'll have a much better chance of survival. When honey bee colonies are located in structures or in other unwanted places, they can, and should be safely and humanely removed and relocated rather than exterminated. An established honey bee colony can contain up to 50,000 or more honey bees. Pest control companies use large amounts of poisons to kill a colony. Left behind after the extermination are poisoned, dead and dying bees, poisoned brood (baby bees), poisoned honey, poisoned pollen, and poisoned bees wax. This can attract other honey bees or animals and harm them as well. It festers and can mold and rot, and cause harm to humans and/or the structure it was in.This is not a good option for anyone, except the pest control company. An experienced beekeeper can remove the living colony and relocate it. They will remove all of the components of the colony including the bees, their brood, honey, bees wax, and pollen. They will bee-proof the cavity to prevent future colonies from moving in. In some cases, public safety may necessitate that an established honey bee colony or a hanging swarm of honey bees be exterminated, but that decision should be left to the entities designated by the proposed law, not an exterminator who gets paid to kill honey bees regardless of any perceived or real health and/or safety risk to the public. The signers of this petition ask for New York lawmakers to institute a law similar to the law  New Jersey currently has (shown above) in order to protect honey bee swarms and honey bee colonies in unwanted locations. The author of this petition is a Certified Master Beekeeper and a commercial beekeeper, and will offer any assistance necessary to bring the proposed law to fruition. Too often honey bee colonies are "exterminated" when in a structure rather than saved. This must stop.  I ask for your signature to help make it illegal to kill honey bee swarms and unwelcome honey bee colonies. I witnessed the effects of the poisoning of a hanging swarm of honey bees. It took days for the bees to die. They were not causing any harm to anyone; if a beekeeper were called instead of using poison, they could have been relocated rather than poisoned. Fear and ignorance, and maybe greed, caused a beautiful swarm of approximately 40,000 bees to die. Honey bee swarms are at the most vulnerable phase of their life, while hanging and waiting for the scout bees to locate a home. Its like shooting a sitting duck. Please, this has to stop. Will you help me? Lawmakers, will you be the hero to the honey bees and give them a chance to live?   

Deborah Klughers
5,438 supporters