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Times Sq. Protest draws 200+ Animal Advocates
NYARAA Protest
©NEW YORK ANIMAL RIGHTS ALLIANCE AMERICA
New York Animal Rights Alliance America Cofounder Kay Riviello adresses fellow protestors in Times Square last month.
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By Michael Mullins
Published October 31, 2012
On Saturday, September 8, the New York Animal Rights Alliance America (NYARAA) held the “largest animal rights protest in New York City history” as described by event organizers.

With over 200 participants dressed in red, many with their dog(s) by their side, the NYARAA gathered supporters in Times Square to continue their 20-month protest of NYC’s Animal Care and Control (ACC) and the New York City Council. According to NYARAA Cofounder Kay Riviello, the protest was held to bring attention to the “ongoing massive slaughter of cats and dogs at ACC.” Since 2004, over 120,000 shelter animals have been euthanized at ACC shelters.

The NYARAA’s opposition to the Council stems from a 2011 decision in which a $10 million temporary increase in funding to the city shelter system was approved in exchange for the dissolution of a prior commitment that required the city to build full service animal shelters in all five boroughs. As a result, Queens and Bronx residents can only abandon their pets at ACC receiving centers in their borough. In order to adopt they must travel to Manhattan, Brooklyn or Staten Island. “Mayor Bloomberg and Speaker Christine Quinn, along with 46 other council people are responsible for no shelters being built in Queens and the Bronx leading to fewer shelter animals being adopted across the city. We will have our voice heard through phone calls, emails and protests year round.”

Over 5,000 informational fliers concerning NYC animal welfare issues were distributed to passersby during the protest, which also featured a headline band and various entertainers and speakers.

To learn more about the NYARAA, visit AnimalRightsAlliance.com or email Kay Riviello at kay@radicalphotos.com.EndBox
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