Fernando Ferrer

Democratic Candidate for Mayor

This November 8, you have a historic chance to elect a mayor for whom animals aren't just an afterthought, but are a vital part of our great city.

Animal Friendly NYC endorses Fernando Ferrer both for his broad vision of how animals in New York City should be cared for and for the specific problems he would tackle as mayor.
  • He supports city-funded low-cost spay and neuter clinics for low-income New Yorkers as a more humane and more cost-effective way to solve the city's chronic problem of homeless pets.
  • He supports the creation of more dog runs in city parks and supports using public funds for what he calls "appropriate and needed recreational facilities."
  • As a City Council Member, he voted for the 1983 Pet Law, which protects New Yorkers in apartments, coops and condos from arbitrary evictions because of their pets, and he supports passage of Intro. 189, which would strengthen that law.
  • He would make Humane Education an "important part of the New York City school curriculum."
  • He would establish an advisory committee of animal advocates to make recommendations on policy issues affecting animals.
"I am running to be Mayor of all New York, and I include the pets and animals under our care within that definition - including my own pet Cocker Spaniel, Winston. We are all responsible for the compassionate exercise of our stewardship of animals, in both domestic and natural settings."
- Fernando Ferrer

In the 2001 race for mayor, Mr. Ferrer got a "Four Paws" rating - the highest rating possible - from NYCDOG, the New York Council of Dog Owner Groups, which represents 21 neighborhood dog groups and 15,000 individual members.

Mr. Ferrer also responded to a 2001 candidate questionnaire from Elizabeth Forel of the Coalition for New York City Animals, Inc., which showed him to be the most thoughtful candidate on broad animal issues and the best acquainted with New York City animals' specific needs.

In contrast, candidate Michael Bloomberg couldn't be bothered to answer either of the 2001 candidate questionnaires. And as Mayor, Mr. Bloomberg reneged on the city's legal responsibility to open full-service animal shelters in Queens and the Bronx and has never voiced support for the Pets in Housing bill, although animal advocacy groups have vigorously pushed for it for over two years.

We have a chance to put a genuinely Animal Friendly candidate in the most powerful office in the city. Make your vote count for the city's animals on November 8.

For more information on Mr. Ferrer, go to www.ferrer2005.com.

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