Posted on October 17, 2012. Filed under: Campaign News |

Green Party Nominee Joseph Diaferia (NY-16) has announced a proposal for a comprehensive animal rights bill. In a press release issued on October 17, 2012, Diaferia is calling for dramatic increases in federal funding for municipal animal shelters, with a view to ending the practice of systematic euthanasia. Said Diaferia, “Animals should only be euthanized when they are found to be gravely ill and not simply because there are ‘too many’ of them.”

More ambitious, however, is Diaferia’s call for a prohibition against banning pets from publicly funded housing. Under such a proposal, residents of federally subsidized housing units could not be prohibited from owning pets. In addition, Diaferia—whose pet ownership at one time numbered in double digits—is proposing a federal law enabling public and private animal shelters to file official declarations of crises with the federal government when faced with overcrowding. Such a declaration would make illegal the banning of pets from cooperative apartments, condominia, and rental apartments within a 50 mile radius until the federal government and the affected animal shelter have determined that the overcrowding crisis has passed.

Diaferia explained, “Under my ‘Crisis Declaration’ proposal, if say—the Yonkers Animal Shelter were to file such a declaration with the federal government, any landlord or board of directors of condo or coop development within 50 miles that continued to ban pets, would be in violation of federal law. And if, for example, Yonkers and Pets Alive in Elmsford were to have declarations on file simultaneously, overlapping 50 mile radii would be affected.”

Diaferia is proposing the creation of an Animal Rights Bureau of the U.S. Justice Department to oversee and enforce all matters relating to animals rights and welfare. Said Bureau would be the federal agency with which all “Crisis Declarations” would be filed.

Finally, Diaferia is proposing federal income tax deductions for those who own pets, providing that owners submit annual documentation that their pets are being cared for diligently and conscientiously. Reductions would be available to pet owners for the entire lives of their pets.

When asked if he supports the systematic spaying and neutering of pets in order to prevent overpopulation, Diaferia replied, “I don’t know if I’m entirely comfortable with that. I understand the wisdom of spaying and neutering on the one hand, but on the other hand I have always deplored initiatives, such as Henry Kissinger’s National Security Memorandum 200, that have been intended to reduce human population. So I’m not sure I want to advocate for animals what I have long opposed for humans. Nevertheless, I would obtain input from animal rights activists before taking a more definitive stand on this particular matter.”

Diaferia’s proposed animal rights bill also calls for:

1.) A federal ban on entertainment that causes pain to animals.

2.) A federal ban of the fur trade.

3.) Greater inclusion and enforcement of the Endangered Species Act.

4.) A federal ban on animal experimentation for product development, and more intense scrutiny and limitation the use of animals in scientific and medical research.

5.) A federal ban on factory farming practices of overcrowding, drugging, and otherwise cruelly treating animals.

Diaferia believes that violations of his proposed animal rights package should be punished with mandatory federal prison terms.



About Joseph Diaferia

Born and raised in Yonkers, NY. Have lived in Yonkers, Rockland County and the Bronx. EDUCATION: Doctoral Studies in Public Policy, at Walden University. Master of Public Administration (M.P.A.) from Walden University, November 2009. Master of Science (M.S.). Long Island University; United Nations Program, February 1994. Bachelor of Arts. The College of New Rochelle, January 1987. PROFESSIONAL I have taught have taught at various institutions of higher learning since 1996. Prior to entering higher education, I worked for the Government of the County of Westchester for 19 years. I have taugh the following courses: US Foreign Policy International Politics Advanced Public Policy US Government and Politics Introductory Political Science Political Parties and Interest Groups State and Municipal Politics Middle Eastern Politics and History US History (All components) World History (All components) European History (All components) Asian History Latin American History Economics Sociology Geography I have taught at the following institutions: Raritan Valley Community College William Paterson University Mercy College Bergen Community College Westchester Community College (SUNY) Pace University Kingsborough Community College (CUNY) The College of New Rochelle The College of New Jersey Empire State College (SUNY) Caldwell College Yeshiva Shaarei Torah I also served as an academic advisor and admissions counselor at Mercy College, NY. I workerd for the Government of the County of Westchester in the following departments: Department of Information Technology: Records and Archives Division. 1999 - 2000. Office of County Clerk: Legal Division and Land Records Division. 1985 - 1998. Department of Finance, 1981 - 1985. Professional affiliations, past and present: American Political Science Association American Society for Public Administration Charter Member, Library of Congress Yonkers, NY Environmental Advisory Committee Scholars for 9/11 Truth Center for Research on Globalization International Studies Association World History Association

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