Bill Text: NY A05040 | 2019-2020 | General Assembly | Introduced

Bill Title: Relates to prohibitions on fur products; prohibits the manufacture, sale, display for sale, trade, giving, donating, or otherwise distributing of a fur product by any means in the state beginning January 1, 2021.

Spectrum: Partisan Bill (Democrat 1-0)

Status: (Introduced) 2019-02-06 - referred to economic development [A05040 Detail]

Download: New_York-2019-A05040-Introduced.html

                STATE OF NEW YORK
                               2019-2020 Regular Sessions
                   IN ASSEMBLY
                                    February 6, 2019
        Introduced  by  M.  of  A. L. ROSENTHAL -- read once and referred to the
          Committee on Economic Development
        AN ACT to amend the general business law, in relation to the prohibition
          on fur products
          The People of the State of New York, represented in Senate and  Assem-
        bly, do enact as follows:
     1    Section 1. The general business law is amended by adding a new section
     2  399-aaaa to read as follows:
     3    §  399-aaaa.  Prohibition on fur products. 1. Beginning January first,
     4  two thousand twenty-one, it shall be unlawful to sell, offer  for  sale,
     5  display  for  sale,  trade,  give, donate, or otherwise distribute a fur
     6  product by any means in the state.
     7    2. Beginning January first,  two  thousand  twenty-one,  it  shall  be
     8  unlawful to manufacture a fur product in the state.
     9    3.  Subdivision one of this section shall not apply to the sale, offer
    10  for sale, display for sale, trade, gift, donation, or other distribution
    11  of:
    12    (a) used fur products by a person not normally engaged in the business
    13  of selling fur products, non-profit organization, or second-hand  stores
    14  including pawn shops; or
    15    (b)  fur  products  made  from  furbearing mammals and nongame mammals
    16  lawfully taken under the authority of a  trapping  or  hunting  license,
    17  pursuant  to  title seven, nine or eleven of article eleven of the envi-
    18  ronmental conservation law.
    19    4. Subdivision two of this section shall not apply to the  manufacture
    20  of any fur product using fur sourced exclusively from used fur products.
    21    5.  The  fine  for  a  violation  of  this section shall be up to five
    22  hundred dollars for a first violation; up to seven hundred fifty dollars
    23  for a second violation; and up to one thousand dollars  for  each  addi-
    24  tional  violation.  Each  fur  product  that  does  not  comply with the
         EXPLANATION--Matter in italics (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                              [ ] is old law to be omitted.

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     1  provisions of this section shall constitute a separate violation.  Costs
     2  and fees may be recovered, including attorney's fees.
     3    6. For purposes of this section:
     4    (a)  "Fur" means any animal skin or part thereof with hair, fleece, or
     5  fur fibers attached thereto, either in its raw or processed state. "Fur"
     6  does not include such skins or parts thereof as are to be converted into
     7  leather, which in processing will have the hair, fleece,  or  fur  fiber
     8  completely  removed;  cowhide with hair attached thereto; or lambskin or
     9  sheepskin with fleece attached thereto.
    10    (b) "Fur product" means any article of clothing or  covering  for  any
    11  part of the body, or any fashion accessory, including but not limited to
    12  handbags,  shoes,  slippers,  hats,  earmuffs,  scarves, shawls, gloves,
    13  jewelry, and key chains, that is made in whole or in part of fur.
    14    (c) "Used fur product" means a fur product that a person has  acquired
    15  for his or her own use and worn.
    16    § 2. This act shall take effect immediately.