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October 28, 2009

THE GOOD WE DO: TO MARK NATIONAL PRO BONO WEEK NEW YORK STATE BAR ASSOCIATION RECOGNIZES COMMITTEE ON ANIMALS AND THE LAW

Committee Provides Array of Animal Law Information and Resources That Make A Difference For Animals & the People Who Care for Them

ALBANY- To commemorate the first annual Pro Bono Week (October 25-31), the New York State Bar Association has launched a new campaign called The Good We Do to recognize the significant contributions made by the scores of attorneys across the state who donate their time, services and expertise to help others in need.  Among the attorneys being singled out by the Association are the members of the Association's Animals and the Law Committee.

The committee is marking National Pro Bono Week and World Animal Week by making available its authoritative animal law-related resources to members of the public and to the legal profession.  These educational and informational materials are now available online at http://www.nysba.org/animalweek

"These helpful and wide-ranging educational tools are the result of the dedicated efforts of the committee's members to make a difference for animals and people," said Committee Chair James F. Gesualdi of Islip. "We are extremely pleased to provide this information as part of our contribution to Animal Week and to National Pro Bono Week."

The committee is pleased to offer the following Animal Law-related resources:  

• Lesson plans and educational materials relating to Abraham Lincoln, Animals and Animal Law  http://www.nysba.org/Content/NavigationMenu/PublicResources/LawYouthCitizenshipProgram/LawDay2009/Default3851.htm
• Humane Education Law Information Notice to schools, parents and students about the requirements of New York State Law http://www.nysba.org/Content/NavigationMenu/PublicResources/LawYouthCitizenshipProgram/LawDay2009/AnimalsHumaneLaw.pdf or http://www.nysba.org/AM/Template.cfm?Section=Humane_Education_Law
• Tips on what to do if you find an animal in an abandoned home or apartment and what to do with your pet if you lose your home  http://www.nysba.org/Content/NavigationMenu45/LegalLinksResources/TipSheetsonHowtoDealwithAbandonedPetsduetoForeclosures/default.htm
• Testimony: The State's comprehensive disaster preparedness must encompass plans for household pets, livestock and other animals http://www.nysba.org/AM/Template.cfm?Section=Disaster_Preparedness
• Patient Pet Care Program (voluntary program that ensures the pets of hospitalized patients will be given proper care) http://www.nysba.org/AM/Template.cfm?Section=Patient_Pet_Care_Program_St_Vincent_s_Hospital_
• "Teen Animal Cruelty: Legal Issues and Practical Solutions" program materials and video replay featuring several noted speakers http://www.nysba.org/Content/NavigationMenu45/AnimalWeek/Teen.Animal.Cruelty.links.to.files.doc
• Animal Law in New York pamphlet http://www.nysba.org/AM/Template.cfm?Section=Pamphlet_Animal_Law_in_New_York_State
• Laws & Paws Newsletter http://www.nysba.org/laws&paws 

This comprehensive list of materials and online resources builds upon the spirit of the First Annual "Week for the Animals" in New York State, which, as Governor David A. Paterson noted in a related Proclamation, "helps raise awareness of the uniquely special and valuable place animals have in our lives." These materials and the ongoing efforts of the committee and its members also serve to elevate the highest traditions of the profession to serve people in need and the animals that are an important part of their lives.

The Committee on Animals and the Law was established to provide an information resource for the Association's members and the public about non-human, animal-related humane issues which arise from and have an effect upon our legal system.

Founded in 1876, the 76,000-member New York State Bar Association is the official statewide organization of lawyers in New York and the largest voluntary state bar association in the nation. The State Bar's programs and activities have continuously served the public and improved the justice system for more than 130 years.

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