A Note To NYC Vegans by Rudy Relic September 14, 2009 1:44 pm Filed under: Activism Animal Rights Government, Law & Politics New York City > Or. Y’know. Click Here: New York League of Humane Voters 7 Comments Comment by debya on September 14, 2009 at 2:17 pm # I assume that I’m in the minority of SV bloggers who is not voting for NYLHV-endorsed candidates down the line. (Just needed to put it out there!) Comment by mickey on September 14, 2009 at 2:22 pm # you are not alone… I’ve had a running discussion w/ John Phillips, the leader of NYLHV, and I’m amazed they have not goen out there and endorsed anyone, let alone Tony Avella, the most animal-friendly Council member for Mayor + they endorse Peter Vallone jr, a certified Breedist/pitbull hater. RE: Public advocate- Norman Seigel is born for the job- his whole life is civil rights attorney- the others, are career-politicians. Comment by debya on September 14, 2009 at 2:32 pm # Yep, Norman Siegel has my vote. Comment by mickey on September 14, 2009 at 2:36 pm # yeah, spread the word- maybe he can make a run-off… and Tony Avella really deserves a strong showing compared to Thompson Comment by John Phillips on September 14, 2009 at 2:48 pm # NYLHV is proud to endorse Peter Vallone, Jr. for re-election to the City Council. As a member of the City Council, Vallone has supported legislation or resolutions to * Help protect downed animals on factory farms * Ban the use of wild animals in the circus * Ban the tethering of dogs for more than 3-hours in a 12-hour period * Ban the production of foie gras in New York State * Require fire spinklers in pet stores * Get humane humane education in schools * Bring attention to the plight of animals on fur farms In fact, Vallone was one of only a handful of Council Members to stand up to the Speaker and vote in support of humane education at City Hall last December. That took guts. It’s true that Vallone would support a ban on pit bulls if it were legal in NYC. We disagree with him on this issue. In fact, NYLHV was the first organization to expose his position on this issue in our 2004 City Council Humane Scorecard – see http://www.nylhv.org/scorecard.php. Importantly, NYC cannot ban pit bulls. New York State law prevents municipalities such as NYC from enacting breed-specific legislation. So Vallone’s position on this issue, since he is a member of the Council and unable to overturn state law or pass any local laws on the subject, is not that important to us. If the state law were overturned (highly, highly unlikely), well, that would be a different story. Overall, though we may disagree on one or two issues, Vallone has been a friend and he deserves our support. Remember, if we had to agree with everyone all the time, we’d all be single! You can’t expect to agree 100% of the time in the real world, much less in the political world. RE: The Mayor’s race, let’s see what happens tomorrow! Warm regards, John Phillips Executive Director, NYLHV Comment by Max on September 15, 2009 at 12:31 am # Norman Siegel has my vote as well. I’ve met with Norman on quite a few occasions and he said he supports all of the Leagues issues..I don’t know why the League decided to endorse DeBlasio instead. Comment by Anne-Marie on October 10, 2009 at 10:50 am # It’s not just a choice of principles over “politics” but a consideration of stakes and probabilities. WHO IS MOST LIKELY TO WIN? must be a very important question if we want to be most resource-efficient and practical in helping animals through legislative activism. You have to see which candidate has the most power, popularity, and chance of winning office and consider whether or not you can get him or her to support all our issues. You can have two candidates–a career politician and a true public servant–who theoretically both support all animal-friendly legislation. However, if you endorse and campaign for the one who has no chance of winning the election, a burgeoning political action committee like NYLHV with a very modest operating budget has wasted a LOT of time, hope, energy, and money. The worst part of endorsing an unlikely-to-win candidate is that the candidate who does win (the one who was bound to win all along) doesn’t know who NYLHV is, doesn’t know what its issues are, and no relationship has been established with the now new Mayor or Public Advocate. This is a BIG loss for all NY animals. Compromises must be made. Believe me…it sickens me to have to admit this. There is very, very little that prompts me to compromise my personal principles. I have thought about this for years with regards to LHV strategies. John works virtually non-stop as Executive Director. LHV will never please all of the people all of the time, but it has an amazing chance of pleasing lots of suffering animals most of the time. By being single-issue voters we can have this same amazing opportunity. Remember that overall: NO PERSON SUFFERS MORE THAN AN ABUSED ANIMAL. …and I’m ready to make my compromise when I vote. When I see a thin and unhappy-looking dog on a short leash in 95-degree weather with no water, the last thing I’m thinking of is how grateful I am that my sexual orientation is protected under employment laws! Prejudice and discrimination that human beings constantly whine about utterly pale in comparison to the complete and overwhelming type of exploitation, neglect, and suffering that many animals endure.