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Republican mayoral candidate Curtis Sliwa wants to create a new “Animal Welfare” party line — with the sole purpose of ending New York City’s so-called “kill” shelters, he told The Post on Thursday.
The Guardians Angels founder vowed to stamp out the city shelter system’s practice of euthanizing dogs and cats, arguing its something everyone can get behind.
“People who support Trump, people who support Biden, people who are apolitical, they love dogs and cats,” he said. “Its one of the few issues that people are not divided about.”
Sliwa, 67, is looking to gather the more than 3,000 signatures needed so that — should he win the GOP mayoral primary against taxi-bodega advocate Fernando Mateo — New Yorkers would be able to vote for him in the general election on the new “Animal Welfare” line.
“People will also have an opportunity to vote for me on this line, which has one purpose only — to end a horror that has existed for years,” of euthanizing pets.
The longtime talk show host wants the Big Apple to adopt a “no kill” model, similar to ones in Los Angeles and Austin, saying it was a “shame” New York hadn’t done so yet.
Sliwa also said he will work to reform the city’s Animal Care Center system more generally, citing The Post’s past reporting on squalid and neglectful conditions at some of the facilities.
He’ll be hosting an event with other animal activists in front of the ACC’s Manhattan location on Sunday afternoon to call for the city to end “kill shelters.”
Sliwa said he promised his wife, Nancy, to take up the issue after an orange tabby she had been set to adopt from ACC’s Brooklyn location was suddenly euthanized over the summer, leaving her distraught.
Overcrowding at the facilities is largely cited as the reason for the so-called doggy death row.
But Sliwa — who houses 13 adopted cats in the Upper West Side studio he shares with wife — said he would work to solve the issue by making it easier for people to adopt.
“Why are we spending money to kill animals?,” he said. “People want these animals. We just have to make it easier to care for them, and we will become a better society.”
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