New York State hospitals must now make a healthy plant-based option available to patients at every meal. The new rule went into effect this week, following a landmark bill that was signed into law last year.
Bill S1471A/A4072, introduced by Senator Brad Hoylman and Assembly Member Richard Gottfried, requires hospitals in New York to offer plant-based meals and snacks containing no animal products or by-products that are nutritionally equivalent to other menu items. The bill also requires hospitals to list the plant-based options on all written materials and menus.
“This law gives physicians a teachable moment to discuss with patients the power of a plant-based meal to help prevent and reverse conditions like heart disease, diabetes, and obesity,” Susan Levin, M.S., R.D., director of nutrition education for the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine, said in a statement.
The Physicians Committee, which supported the bill, is a member of a nonprofit coalition that offers support, resources, and hands-on trainings to help hospital culinary teams provide more plant-based meals.
The nearly 1.7 million New Yorkers who have diabetes and heart disease account for 40% of all deaths in New York State, according to the New York State Department of Health. In New York State, the leading COVID-19 comorbidities are high blood pressure, diabetes, and high cholesterol. Research shows that a diet rich in fruits, vegetables, grains, and beans can help fight heart disease, hypertension, diabetes, and cancer.
Last year, the D.C. Council introduced the Healthy Hospitals Amendment Act of 2019, a bill that would require hospitals in Washington, D.C., to improve the nutritional quality of their menus by eliminating processed meat such as bacon and hot dogs and making plant-based options available. California passed similar legislation in 2018, which the Physicians Committee co-sponsored along with Social Compassion In Legislation.
The Physicians Committee’s Healthy Hospital Food web page provides quantity plant-based recipes, tips for implementing plant-based meals, and case studies of hospitals offering healthy food.
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A tiny saw-whet owl is now recovering at the Ravensbeard Wildlife Center in New York after the bird was found in the Rockefeller Center Christmas tree once the tree arrived to its final destination.
It all started when a 75-foot Norway spruce tree was cut down on Thursday in Oneonta, New York and made its journey to New York City. It was then when a worker for the company that helped transport the tree, noticed the small owl.
According to a Ravensbeard Wildlife Center’s Facebook post, the worker’s wife had contacted them asking if they took in owls for rehabilitation, thankfully they did.
After the tiny owl, which has been named Rockefeller, was turned over to the wildlife center, they immediately performed a health check. Despite his 170-mile journey, he appeared to be in good condition.
“We’ve given him fluids and are feeding him all the mice he will eat. It had been three days since he ate or drank anything. So far so good, his eyes are bright and he seems relatively in good condition with all he’s been through,” said Ravensbeard Wildlife Center in a Facebook post. “Once he checks in with the vet and gets a clean bill of health, he’ll be released to continue on his wild and wonderful journey.”
Ravensbeard Wildlife Center has been a refuge for injured and orphaned wildlife for over 20 years. However, five years ago, the center was forced to relocate and since then, they have been set up as a temporary rehab shelter. This year, they took in over 150 birds – way beyond their capacity.
The Center has recently partnered with Hootsuite to help tell the story of Rockefeller the owl, using #socialforgood to ensure his safe return to his natural habitat, and to support the work this organization does at their rescue center.
Please donate today to help them not only care for Rockefeller, but for all of the rescued animals that they continue to rescue, rehabilitate, and release HERE!
Although the owl did not sustain any injuries from the transportation, it is important for us to point out that this selected tree was most likely home to many wild animals. We hope Rockefeller Center can one day move towards a more ecological solution, instead of cutting down these beautiful trees for their Christmas display.
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The sale of dogs, cats, and rabbits in retail pet stores is one step closer to being banned in New York State.
On Tuesday, the New York State Senate passed Bill SB4234, which prohibits the sale of dogs, cats, and rabbits by retail pet shops; instead, authorizing space in the stores to be used for the adoption of animals.
The bill has now moved to the Assembly for vote. If passed by the Assembly, the critical bill will then head to the Governor’s desk for his signature to establish it as law.
“Today the N.Y. Senate passed my anti-puppy mill bill banning the sale of dogs, cats, and rabbits in retail pet stores,” New York Senator Michael Gianaris, who sponsored the critical bill, said in a post on his Facebook page. He further noted that animals that are sold in pet stores are often sourced from cruel and barbaric mills.
Gianaris was compelled to draft the bill after speaking with local pet store owners and researching the violations of their questionable suppliers. He was left “aghast” at the deplorable conditions that these poor innocent animals have to endure.
On the Senate floor, Gianaris explained that while the public views the “puppy in the window” as cute, most are unaware of the brutal and awful conditions that animals bred by unscrupulous breeders are subjected to; noting that they are treated as commodities and not sentient beings that will become beloved members of people’s families.
“These people are not looking at these animals as lives to be respected, but as a way to make more and more money,” stated Gianaris.
California was the first state to enact such legislation, prohibiting dogs, cats, and rabbits to be sold in retail pet stores; instead promoting adoption from local rescue groups and shelters.
Maryland followed with legislation that only allows pet shops to adopt out dogs and cats that come from local shelters as well.
You can help all animals and our planet by choosing compassion on your plate and in your glass. #GoVeg
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