If the state Legislature is indeed a zoo, Assemblywoman Linda Rosenthal has a special place among the creatures. She has written laws giving judges the power to issue orders of protection to pets, limiting the testing of cosmetics on animals, and giving cities special powers to shut puppy mills. Last month, lawmakers approved one Rosenthal bill to outlaw the tattooing and piercing of pets, and another to ban fairs and circuses from allowing people to take photos with lions, tigers and other big cats. “I have (authored) bills about practically every animal there is,” Rosenthal said. The 56-year-old Democrat has become a one-woman animal rights league – the Legislature’s most prolific writer of bills protecting all sorts of furry and feathered New Yorkers. Rosenthal has written nearly a dozen animal protection bills that have become law, winning the gratitude of animal rights activists. The Humane Society of New York considers her its “go to person” in Albany. “While some legislators feel strongly about animals, she certainly has shown to me that this is her mission,” said Elinor Molbegott, the organization’s legal counsel. “We feel very comfortable that when we go to her to sponsor legislation that she is going to… Read full this story
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