Bill Text: NY A00722 | 2019-2020 | General Assembly | Amended


Bill Title: Provides that it shall be unlawful for any person to organize, sponsor, conduct, promote, or participate in any animal killing contest, competition, tournament or derby where the objective of such contest or competition is to take the largest number of small game, wild birds, other than wild turkeys, and domestic game birds.

Spectrum: Strong Partisan Bill (Democrat 15-1)

Status: (Introduced) 2019-06-06 - reported referred to codes [A00722 Detail]

Download: New_York-2019-A00722-Amended.html



                STATE OF NEW YORK
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                                         722--B

                               2019-2020 Regular Sessions

                   IN ASSEMBLY

                                       (Prefiled)

                                     January 9, 2019
                                       ___________

        Introduced  by  M. of A. GLICK, COOK, L. ROSENTHAL, ENGLEBRIGHT, COLTON,
          D'URSO, McDONOUGH, SIMON, ORTIZ, DINOWITZ, LIFTON, PAULIN,  O'DONNELL,
          RAMOS  --  Multi-Sponsored by -- M. of A. EPSTEIN, HEVESI -- read once
          and referred to the Committee on Environmental Conservation -- commit-
          tee discharged, bill amended, ordered reprinted as amended and  recom-
          mitted  to  said  committee  --  committee  discharged,  bill amended,
          ordered reprinted as amended and recommitted to said committee

        AN ACT to amend the  environmental  conservation  law,  in  relation  to
          making  animal  killing contests, competitions, tournaments and derbys
          unlawful

          The People of the State of New York, represented in Senate and  Assem-
        bly, do enact as follows:

     1    Section  1. Subdivisions 14, 15 and 16 of section 11-0901 of the envi-
     2  ronmental conservation law, subdivision 14 as renumbered by chapter  486
     3  of the laws of 1985, are renumbered subdivisions 15, 16 and 17 and a new
     4  subdivision 14 is added to read as follows:
     5    14. It shall be unlawful for any person to organize, sponsor, conduct,
     6  promote,  or  participate  in  any  contest, competition, tournament, or
     7  derby with the objective of taking the largest  number  of  small  game,
     8  wild  birds, other than wild turkeys, and domestic game birds for prizes
     9  or other inducement, or for entertainment.  Any small game, wild  birds,
    10  other than turkeys, and domestic game birds injured during the course of
    11  a  contest,  competition, tournament, or derby conducted in violation of
    12  this subdivision shall be transported to a licensed wildlife rehabilita-
    13  tor or veterinarian for treatment or humane euthanasia if  best  efforts
    14  to  rehabilitate  and  release the animal fail. The remains of any small
    15  game, wild birds, other than turkeys, and  domestic  game  birds  killed
    16  during  the  course  of  a  contest,  competition,  tournament, or derby
    17  conducted in violation of this subdivision shall be forfeited  by  every
    18  organizer,  promoter,  participant  or  any  other  person conducting or

         EXPLANATION--Matter in italics (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                              [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                                   LBD05042-04-9

        A. 722--B                           2

     1  involved in such contest, competition,  tournament,  or  derby  and  the
     2  remains of such small game, wild birds, other than turkeys, and domestic
     3  game  birds  shall become the property of the department. The provisions
     4  of  this  subdivision  shall  not apply to special dog training areas or
     5  field trials pursuant to sections 11-0925 and 11-0927 of this title,  or
     6  similar canine performance events.
     7    §  2. Section 71-0921 of the environmental conservation law is amended
     8  by adding a new subdivision 10-a to read as follows:
     9    10-a. Violations of subdivision fourteen of section  11-0901  of  this
    10  chapter  involving  unlawful  contests,  competitions,  tournaments  and
    11  derbys to take small game, wild birds, other than turkeys, and  domestic
    12  game  birds.   Each such misdemeanor shall be punishable by imprisonment
    13  for not more than one year or by a fine of not less  than  five  hundred
    14  dollars nor more than two thousand dollars, or by both such imprisonment
    15  and fine.
    16    § 3. This act shall take effect on the first of November next succeed-
    17  ing the date on which it shall have become a law.
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