*Urgent Action Alert! Stop the Illegal & Unethical Use of Animals As Prizes in Brooklyn, NY!*
The Our Lady of Mount Carmel feast (now through July 18), the annual street festival in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, is illegally using live animals as prizes in games of chance (hermit crabs, anole lizards and frogs). Besides being illegal, giving these animals away as prizes promotes the idea that animals are merely disposable commodities and puts the animals in the position of inevitably becoming victims of abuse, neglect and abandonment.
The Our Lady of Mount Carmel feast street festival is taking place on Havemeyer Street (between N. 8th and N. 9th) in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, 11211.
(212) 876-7700. Ext. 4450
275 N. 8th Street
Brooklyn, NY 11211-2102
New York State Law States:
§ 358-a. Live animals as prizes prohibited
1. For the purposes of this section “livestock” shall mean any domesticated sheep, goat, horse, cattle or swine.
2. No person shall give or offer to give away as a prize, or exchange or offer to exchange for nominal consideration, any live animal other than purebred livestock or fish in any game, drawing, contest, sweepstakes or other promotion, except when any live animal is given away by individuals or organizations operating in conjunction with a cooperative extension education program or agricultural vocational program sanctioned by the state education department.
3. The commissioner shall promulgate rules and regulations which provide guidelines, conditions and requirements when any live animal is given away under the exceptions provided for in subdivision two of this section.
4. Any person who violates the provisions of this section shall be subject to civil penalty of not more than two hundred fifty dollars or in lieu thereof shall be guilty of a violation punishable solely by a fine of not more than two hundred fifty dollars.
The Humane Society of the U.S. Position Against Animals As Prizes:
Please keep Empty Cages Collective updated on any responses you receive! (800) 880-2684 or firstname.lastname@example.org!