The fourth annual international protest against kill pounds and breed-specific legislation (BSL) will be held Sept. 18-19, 2015. The host of the event is Kate Riviello, President of nokill-newyork.org. The purpose of the protest is to help end the killing of cats and dogs in kill shelters, repeal BSL, and other ill-treatment measures that have been put on animals.
Riviello and other devoted activists host the annual event calling upon New York Animal Care Centers who fraudulently removed the word “control” from their business title recently. This was done so the organization was taken from under the Department of Health, where animal centers will no longer would have to follow the health guidelines. A fair open bid system will be held so that all parties who have been running the system for many years will be completely removed. This issue would need to reach state level legislation to be resolved.
It doesn’t end there. The city councils of New York City are continuing to avoid building animal shelters in Queens and the Bronx. By not having shelters, this only makes the homeless animal situation worse. Dogs and cats die easily as disease is rapidly spread and they do not receive the proper medical care needed, which then leads to the unfortunate killing of innocent, abandoned animals. Some of these dogs and cats do not get a fair chance of being rescued or adopted, and are often killed before hold time is up. It has been noted that basic needs of food, water, and daily walks have not been met. This does not only happen in the Big Apple, but all over the world. Each day millions of animals are euthanized for unlawful reasons.
Riviello hosted with New York Animal Rights Alliance America the largest animal rights protest in 25 years with 300 activists at New York City Hall to end the killing of cats and dogs. Riviello has been officially rescuing cats and dogs with contracts and applications since 1992. She filed the first criminal complaint (File #16636) against New York Animal Care Centers for lack of vetting of a dog, named Jackie, who sat in her cage for three days with a bone sticking out. To date, the New York Police Department (NYPD) and District Attorney’s office have neglected investigating the case. Riviello filed the first lawsuit against the NYPD for not arresting an individual for leaving a dog, named Jake, outside all winter in treacherous blizzard conditions. The New York Supreme Court dismissed the petition for lack of standing. Riviello and other volunteers suffered through pain from the cold to provide nourishment to deprived Jake. These are the types of situations that have led Riviello to develop the international protest to save the lives of homeless cats and dogs.
Event information: Loyal attendees will be at state capitals, city halls, and animal control centers all over the world. The event begins with a candlelight vigil on Sept. 18 from 9-10 p.m. Attendees are asked to sleep out and continue protesting until Sept. 19 at 2 p.m. The event is taking place in over 40 locations nationwide as well as other countries, but the biggest gathering will be in New York City. The NYC protest will take place at New York Animal Care Centers on 110th Street, between 1st and 2nd avenues.
Other large congregations include Miami, Fla.; Des Moines, Iowa; Shawnee, Okla.; Casper, Wyo.; and several cities in California including Carson, Lancaster, San Diego, and San Francisco. All of these cities have BSL and cruel high kill rates to the healthiest animals.
As stated above, some places will be protesting against other malicious acts involving animals. New Hampshire protesters will fight to end the state law that does not permit the adoption of cats out of shelters that have Feline Immunodeficiency Virus (FIV); the diseased cats rarely get medical treatment. The Buffalo, N.Y. group will contest to end the abnormally high number of dogs killed by police.
Other locations include Maricopa, Ariz.; Denver, Colo.; New Britain, Conn.; Mitchell County, Ga; Chicago, Ill.; Salina, Kan.; Lincoln County, Ky.; Lincoln Parish, La.; Minneapolis, Minn.; Columbia, Mo.; Wilmington, N.C.; Minot, N.D.; Camden, N.J.; Oyster Bay, N.Y.; Rome, N.Y.; Cleveland, Ohio; Rock Hill, S.C.; Tullahoma, Tenn.; Dallas, Texas; Houston, Texas; Everett, Wash.; and Eau Claire, Wis. Foreign locations include Toronto, Ottawa, Germany, Turkey, Argentina, and London at the Westminster Bridge.
The above locations will not all be participating in the sleep-out, but it is hoped that most of them will. The candlelight vigil at all locations will be videotaped for a documentary compilation. It is asked that attendees take as many photos and videos as possible for the film. If you have questions or comments about the protest, or if you’d like to add your location, please contact Kate Riviello at (845) 845-7366 or email@example.com. It also asked that you send any photos and videos to her as well. She is the primary contact for the major event. Riviello has over 20 years of animal cruelty investigative work and rescue of dogs and cats. She is a paralegal and photographer.
Keep up to date on the protest by following the the No Kill New York, Inc. Facebook page. Be sure to find the Facebook event for your hometown and click “attend” if you can make it. Please share the information with your family and friends to get the word out.