NEW YORK, FEBRUARY 7 – The League of Humane Voters of New York City (“LOHV-NYC”) announced today that it is endorsing long-time Flatbush resident and community activist Zenobia McNally for City Council in the 40th Council District (Kensington, Prospect-Lefferts, Ditmas Park; parts of Crown Heights, Flatbush and East Flatbush). A vacancy was created in the 40th District when Yvette Clarke was elected to Congress. A Special Election will be held on February 20th.
“LOHV-NYC proudly and enthusiastically endorses Zenobia McNally’s candidacy for City Council in the 40th Council District,” says John Phillips, LOHV-NYC’s Executive Director. “We have spoken with many of the qualified candidates in this race and Zenobia McNally is clearly the best choice for those who care about animals. She has the commitment, intellect and passion to get things done at City Hall.”
“When Zenobia wins this election, she will be able to do so much to help protect the rights and welfare of animals,” said Daniel Elstein, a LOHV-NYC board member who grew up on E. 16th in the 40th Council district. “My community cares about animals and we will show that at the polls on February 20th.”
Among the animal issues McNally supports:
1. The pets in housing Bill, Intro 13. This bill would clarify the existing pet law so that the no-pet clause in a rental tenants lease, once waived, is waived for the duration of the tenant’s occupancy.
2. A ban on the sale of foie gras in New York City. Foie gras, French for “fatty liver,” is called something else by vets: hepatic lipidosis. Ducks are force-fed three times a day to produce the fatty liver disease and are slaughtered before they drop dead from the illness.
3. Funding for humane education programs. McNally also supports a resolution aimed at raising awareness about the current New York State law which mandates instruction in the humane care and treatment of animals.
McNally had this to say of the endorsement: “As we go about the hustle and bustle of our daily lives, we too often forget that animals play an important role in our lives. I support and will sponsor legislation that will protect the rights of animals and their caregivers, and I am honored that the League of Humane Voters have entrusted me with this mission.”
LOHV-NYC’s endorsement process includes a written questionnaire and an in-person interview with its Director and members of its Executive Committee. The final decision on all endorsements is made by its Board of Directors.
LOHV-NYC is the non-partisan political voice of the city’s animal protection movement. For more information, please visit their webpage at http://www.humanenyc.org or call (212) 889-0303.
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