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Animal Law

Animal Cruelty

A.775-B (AM Rosenthal) / S.6643 (Sen. Lanza) - 'Consolidated Animal Crimes Bill'; relates to promoting understanding, awareness and enforcement of animal crimes laws.

  • Report in support of legislation by the Animal Law Committee, Reissued February 2014.
  • Referenced in testimony before NYS Senator Avella’s Public Forum on Animal Protection Issues, January 17, 2014.

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A.238 (AM Rosenthal) / S.4347 (Sen. Boyle) – would include wildlife animals as those subject to the animal cruelty provisions.

  • Report in support of legislation by the Animal Law Committee, Reissued June 2013.

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A.2596-A (AM Zebrowski) / S.1079-A (Sen. Maziarz) - Increases penalties for killing or injuring a police animal by providing that such offense shall be a class D felony; includes the intentional killing or injuring of an animal which can reasonably be identified as a police animal by means of its presence in a police vehicle or enclosure in a marked area.

  • Report in support of legislation by the Animal Law Committee, Reissued May 2013.
  • Signed by the Governor, Chp. 162 - July 24, 2013

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A.259 (AM Paulin) / S.3806 (Sen. Ball) – would amend the Agriculture and Markets law in relation of orders of restitution in certain cases.

  • Report in support of legislation by the Animal Law Committee, Reissued May 2011.
  • Amended version of bill signed by the Governor - A.5113-A/S.2665-B, Chp. 531 - December 18, 2013

Animals in Entertainment/Exhibition

A.5407 (AM Paulin) / S.5971 (Sen. Latimer) - restricts the use of exotic and wild animals in traveling circuses and shows.

  • Report in support of legislation by the Animal Law Committee, January 2014.
  • Referenced in testimony before NYS Senator Avella’s Public Forum on Animal Protection Issues, January 17, 2014.

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Intro 0049-2010 - A Local Law to amend the administrative code of the city of New York, in relation to prohibiting the display of wild or exotic animals for public entertainment or amusement.

  • Report in support of legislation, with recommendations, by the Animal Law Committee, February 2013.

Animals Used for Food, including Downed Animals

S.456 (Sen. Avella) - would add the act of force feeding a bird, by hand or machine, for the purpose of fatty enlargement of such bird’s liver to the list of acts which constitute cruelty to an animal.

  • Report in support by the Animal Law Committee, June 2013.
  • Referenced in testimony before NYS Senator Avella’s Public Forum on Animal Protection Issues, January 17, 2014.

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A.1076 (AM Rosenthal) - Prohibits tail docking of cattle.

  • Report in support by the Animal Law Committee, Reissued February 2013.

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A.424 (AM Rosenthal) - Prohibits the confinement of breeding sows, calves raised for veal, or egg-laying hens in a manner that prevents such animals from lying down, standing up, fully extending their limbs, or turning around freely.

  • Report in support of legislation by the Animal Law Committee, Reissued April 2014.

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A.1656 (AM Rosenthal) / S.4987 (Sen. Boyle) – Relates to the confinement of animals for food producing purposes.

  • Report in support of legislation by the Animal Law Committee, Reissued May 2013.

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A.5512 (AM Englebright) / S.751 (Sen. Krueger) – would amend the Agriculture Law in relation to nonambulatory animals. (2009/2010 Legislative Sessions)

  • Report in support of legislation by the Animal Law Committee, 2008.

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A.4513 (AM Rosenthal) / S.2426 (Sen. Padavan) – provides for the humane removal of downed animals. (2009/2010 Legislative Sessions)

  • Report in support of legislation, with recommendations, by the Animal Law Committee, 2008.

Canned Hunting

A.3772 (AM Glick) / S.3426 (Sen. Krueger) - Prohibiting the taking of non-native big game mammals in a fenced or other area from which there is no means for such mammal to escape.

  • Report in support of legislation, with recommendations, by the Animal Law Committee, May 2013.

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A.5220 (AM Magee) / S.2085 (Sen. Young) - Would exempt domestic and imported animals harvested at a game hunting preserve from the sales and compensating use tax.

  • Report in opposition to legislation by the Animal Law Committee, Reissued May 2013.

Companion Animals/Pets

Intro 0146-2014 - relates to microchipping animals sold in pet stores.

  • Report in support of legislation, with recommendations, by the Animal Law Committee, April 2013.
  • Referenced in testimony before the New York City Council Committee on Health, April 30 2014. Click here for hearing details.

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Intro 0055-2014 - prohibits the sale of puppies and kittens bred in puppy and kitten mills.

  • Report in support of legislation, with recommendations, by the Animal Law Committee, April 2013.
  • Referenced in testimony before the New York City Council Committee on Health, April 30 2014. Click here for hearing details.

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Intro 0136-2014 - expands the types of animals sold in pet stores that must be spayed or neutered by a licensed veterinarian before released to a consumer.

  • Report in support of legislation, with recommendations, by the Animal Law Committee, April 2013.
  • Referenced in testimony before the New York City Council Committee on Health, April 30 2014. Click here for hearing details.

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A.2046 (AM Kavanagh) / S.5048 (Sen. Serrano) - relates to animal control and licensing of animals; relates to the better protection of lost and strayed animals and to securing the rights of owners thereof; relates to licensing of dogs in certain cities; relates to the animal population control fund.

  • Report in support of legislation, with recommendations, by the Animal Law Committee, August 2013.
  • Testimony in support of M0050-2014, May 12, 2014.

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A.739-D (AM Rosenthal) / S.6769-C (Sen. Libous) - prohibits companion animal piercing and tattooing except for identification or medical benefit.

  • Report in support of legislation by the Animal Law Committee, Reissued June 2014.

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A.1655-A (AM Rosenthal) / S.4799 (Sen. Martins) - would expand the definition of the term “pet dealer” to include wholesale pet breeders, define the term “retail pet store,” improve humane housing and care standards for animals maintained by pet dealers, and add new record keeping, licensing and inspection provisions with respect to pet dealers.

  • Report in support of legislation, with recommendations, by the Animal Law Committee, June 2013.

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A.740-A (AM Rosenthal) / S.3753-A (Sen. Grisanti) - would authorize municipalities to enact local laws, ordinances, and regulations governing pet dealers and concerning public health, safety, and consumer protection relating to the sale of dogs and cats by pet dealers.

  • Report in support of legislation, with recommendations, by the Animal Law Committee, June 2013.
  • Testimony from the Animal Law Committee in support of NYC Council Resolution No. T2013-6368, calling on the New York State Legislature to pass and the Governor to sign A.740-A/S.3753-A, June 7, 2013.
  • Signed by the Governor, Chp. 553, Approval Memo .16 - January 10, 2014

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A.1643 (AM Lentol) / S.2336-A (Sen. Klein) - would create first and second degree felony offenses for the theft of a companion animal or pet.

  • Report in support of legislation by the Animal Law Committee, March 2013.

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A.1123 (AM Rosenthal) / S.1700 (Sen. Grisanti) - would provide that commercial dog breeders are only exempt from New York State licensing, vaccination and control regulations where the breeder “sells dogs exclusively to USDA registered research facilities.

  • Report in support of legislation by the Animal Law Committee, March 2013.

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A.972-A (AM Kellner) / S.3743-A (Sen. Addabbo) - requires the installation and testing of fire equipment and sprinkler systems at pet stores.

  • Report in support of legislation, with recommendations, by the Animal Law Committee, Reissued March 2014.

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A.738 (AM Rosenthal) / S.1922 (Sen. Addabbo) - relates to the sale of birds by pet dealers when such birds have not yet been fully weaned.

  • Letter to sponsors supporting concept of bill but offering technical changes, March 2013.

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A.3906 (AM Glick) / S.1028 (Sen. Serrano) - Establishes a twelve percent surcharge on the sale of animals by pet dealers.

  • Report in support of legislation by the Animal Law Committee, Reissued February 2013.

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A.5449-A (AM Paulin) / S.5433-A (Sen. Ball) - relates to the treatment and disposition of lost, stray or homeless animals.

  • Report in support of legislation by the Animal Law Committee, February 2012.

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A.7502-B (AM Paulin) / S.5702-A (Sen. Klein) - Prohibits dangerous practices at companion animal grooming facilities.

  • Report in support of legislation with recommendations by the Animal Law Committee, March 2012.
  • Signed by the Governor, Chp. 119 - July 18, 2012

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A.9449-D (AM Kellner) / S.6412-D (Sen. Duane) - Would require the release of a shelter animal to a rescue group upon request of the rescue group prior to euthanasia of the animal. (2009/2010 Legislative Sessions)

  • Report in opposition to legislation by the Animal Law Committee, April 2010.

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A.6046 (AM Magee) / S.7147 (Sen. Addabbo) – would amend the Agriculture and Markets Law in relation to the tethering of dogs. (2009/2010 Legislative Sessions)

  • Report in support of legislation, with recommendations, by the Animal Law Committee, Reissued May 2010.

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Intro 0425 - A Local Law to amend the administrative code of the city of New York, in relation to prohibiting pet owners from restraining animals outdoors for longer than three hours in any continuous twelve hour period.

  • Report in support of legislation, with recommendations, by the Animal Law Committee, December 2010.
  • Signed into law by the Mayor - February 1, 2011

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A.6158-A (AM Rosenthal) / S.4278 (Sen. Duane) – Would create an animal population control fund and animal population control program. (2009/2010 Legislative Sessions)

  • Report in support of legislation by the Animal Law Committee, June 2009.

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A.7285-B (AM Paulin) / S.5392-A (Sen. Squadron) - Limits the number of intact animals over the age of four months a person or business can own, possess, control or otherwise have charge or custody of. (2009/2010 Legislative Sessions)

  • Report in opposition to legislation by the Animal Law Committee, June 2009.

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A.5985-A (AM Glick) / S.3070-A (Sen. Krueger) – Eliminates the 21-year limit for the duration of pet trusts. (2009/2010 Legislative Sessions)

  • Report proposing legislation by the Animal Law Committee sent to Assemblymember Glick for sponsorship, November 2008.
  • Report in support of legislation by the Animal Law Committee, January 2010.
  • Signed by the Governor, Chp. 70 - May 5, 2010

Equine Issues

S.835 (Sen. Espaillat) - prohibits the use of performance-enhancing drugs in horseracing.

  • Report in support of legislation by the Animal Law Committee, May 2013.

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A.997 (AM Rosenthal) / S.667 (Sen. Avella) - would prohibit the operation of horse drawn cabs in New York City.

  • Report in support of legislation by the Animal Law Committee, Reissued February 2013.

Farm Animals

S.5172 (Sen. Ritchie) - relates to unlawful tampering with farm animals.

  • Report opposing legislation by the Animal Law Committee, September 2011.

Feral Cats

A.9487 (AM McDonald) / S.7290 (Sen. Marchione) - relates to community based initiatives for the purpose of trapping, neutering, vaccinating and returning feral cats to the area from which they were trapped.

  • Report in support of legislation by the Animal Law Committee, August 2014.

 


 

Humane Education

A.2484 (AM Kavanagh) - relates to instruction in the humane treatment of animals and the requirement of training in the humane treatment of animals for the certification of teachers.

  • Report in support of legislation by the Animal Law, Children & the Law, and Education & the Law Committees, March 2013.

Letters to Government Officials on Various Animal Protection Issues

Letter to incoming New York City mayor Bill de Blasio from the Animal Law Committee offering views on an array of policy decisions facing the incoming administration, November 2013.

Letter to Governor Cuomo from the Animal Law Committee offering its views regarding important policy decisions facing the administration that will effect the lives of New York's residents and its animals, May 2011.


Marine Animals

A.1769-A (AM Maisel) / S.1711-A (Sen. Grisanti) - prohibits the possession, sale, offer for sale, trade or distribution of shark fins.

  • Report in support of legislation by the Animal Law Committee, Reissued April 2013.
  • Signed by the Governor, Chp. 171 - July 26, 2013

Service Animals

A.5788 (AM Benedetto) / S.4317 (Sen. Marcellino) - would amend the definition of guide, hearing and service animal under State law.

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  • Report in support of legislation by the Committee on Civil Rights, Committee on Legal Issues Affecting People with Disabilities and Committee on Animal Law, Reissued June 2014.
  • Report by the Committee on Civil Rights, Committee on Legal Issues Affecting People with Disabilities and Committee on Animal Law proposing amendments to State law definitions of guide, hearing and service dogs, Reissued January 2011.

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A.7958 (AM Jaffee) / S.3866 (Sen. Carlucci) - defines a "three-unit service dog team" and grants rights and privileges to such teams.

  • Report opposing legislation by the Civil Rights Committee and Animal Law Committee, May 2014.

Veterinary Issues

A.1204 (AM Zebrowski) / S.2271 (Sen. Grisanti) - Restricts the performance of surgical devocalization procedures on dogs and cats.

  • Report in support of and suggesting modifications to legislation by the Animal Law Committee, February 2013.

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A.711-A (AM Rosenthal) - Authorizes the provision of free spaying and neutering services in lieu of self-instructional course work for continuing education requirements for veterinarians.

  • Report in support of legislation by the Animal Law Committee, Reissued June 2013.

Wildlife, including Hunting, Wildlife Management, and Endangered Species

A.524 (AM Englebright) / S.712 (Sen. Grisanti) - Provides that on publicly accessible municipally owned property where trapping is allowed posted signage at entry points must inform readers that trapping is allowed.

  • Report in support of legislation by the Animal Law Committee, June 2014.

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A.8824-A (AM Sweeney), S.7040 (Sen. Avella), S.7194 (Sen. Lanza) - related to the prohibition of the sale, purchase, trade, barter and distribution of ivory articles, subject to certain exceptions.

  • Report in support of legislation, with recommendations, by the Animal Law Committee, June 2014.

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A.8790 (AM Cymbrowitz) / S.6589 (Sen. Avella) - establishes a moratorium on the Department of Environmental Conservation's plan to declare mute swans a prohibited invasive species

  • Report in support of legislation by the Animal Law Committee, March 2014.

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A.3661 (AM Glick) / S.4074 (Sen. Martins) - makes contests and competitions to take wildlife unlawful.

  • Report in support, with recommendations, by the Animal Law Committee,  May 2013.

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A.1756 (AM Englebright) / S.1039 (Sen. Serrano) - Relates to limiting, restricting or prohibiting trapping.

  • Report in support by the Animal Law Committee, Reissued February 2013.

 

 

For a full list of committee reports, click here.


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