The website Anybody but Quinn says “Christine Quinn is NOT a friend to NYC’s animals. Speaker Quinn is universally regarded by activists alike as the number one opponent of any kind of animal rights legislation.”
They also say “In addition to refusing to support legislation to protect horses, Speaker Quinn has also blocked legislation that would require all pet stores to have fire-fighting sprinkler systems, despite there being five major fires in NYC pet stores throughout the last decade. She is also opposed to protecting a senior citizen’s right to have a companion animal in public housing, and repealed a law requiring the construction of badly needed animal shelters in the Bronx and Queens. If Quinn becomes the Mayor of NYC, it will be a very long 8 years before we see any kind of victories for animals in NYC.”
What about NYC Canada geese? “Has the Mayor taken any position on animal issues that the Speaker hasn’t gotten behind? Quinn has had the power to push for important animal welfare initiatives over the past 8 years as speaker, but she hasn’t. Instead she has been the biggest obstacle to even minor reforms – this is well known by activists of all stripes. If Quinn becomes Mayor, there is little question the killing of NYC’s geese will continue,” GooseWatch NYC says.
On Monday, May 6, 2013, NYCLASS hosted a “mayoral forum on animal protection issues.” Bill DeBlasio, John Liu, Bill Thompson, Sal Albanese and John Catsimatidis attended. Christine Quinn was invited, but declined to attend. Why?
On September 4, 2013, NYCLASS revealed it’s 2013 Humane Scorecard showing where each of the Mayoral candidates stands on various animal protection issues. The “Humane Scorecard” includes issues such requiring fire sprinklers in pet stores and building animal shelters in the Bronx and Queens. While her opponents received approving check marks on each issue, Speaker Quinn failed in every single category.
“This scorecard makes perfectly clear to voters that Speaker Christine Quinn is no friend of animals,” Allie Feldman, Executive Director of NYCLASS said. “Her record on the Council speaks for itself. Throughout her entire tenure, every single meaningful bill calling for the humane treatment of animals was precluded from a Council body vote. I hope this scorecard helps New Yorkers see who Speaker Quinn really is and convinces them to elect a Mayor that will fight for animal protection.”