senate Bill S3426
(D, WF) 28th Senate District
- In Committee
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Prohibits 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.
- See Assembly Version of this Bill:
- Legislative Cycle:
- Current Committee:
- Senate Environmental Conservation
- Law Section:
- Environmental Conservation Law
- Laws Affected:
- Amd §11-1904, En Con L
- Versions Introduced in Previous Legislative Cycles:
2011-2012: S3157, S3467, S6145, S6154, A4475
2009-2010: S3223, S7982A, A6788
TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the environmental conservation law, in
relation to the prohibition on canned shoots
PURPOSE OR GENERAL IDEA OF BILL: To prohibit the killing, shooting,
maiming or injuring of certain intentionally confined animals for sport,
amusement or taking of a trophy.
SUMMARY OF SPECIFIC PROVISIONS: Paragraph a of subdivision 1 of section
11-1904 of the environmental conservation law, as added by chapter 208
of the laws of 1999 is amended. This bill would expand the existing
prohibition on confined shoots on fenced preserves of 10 acres or less.
The bill would remove the existing acreage requirement and prohibit the
deliberate release of an animal confined in a fenced or other area from
which there is no reasonable means for such animal to escape in the
presence of a hunter. There has been language added that would prohibit
any person who pays any fee to take a live non-native big game animal.
Fee is defined in the bill to include but not limited to the payment of
any compensation or remuneration for room.
JUSTIFICATION: Canned hunting is a practice whereby an animal is
staked, caged or otherwise confined for the purpose of being killed for
pleasure. From automatic firearms to spears, almost any type of weapon
can be used to kill prey in a canned hunt. To assure a kill, the animals
are trapped by fences so they can be easily cornered and prevented from
escaping. Canned hunting brutalizes defenseless animals raised in
captivity whose trust in humans makes them hapless victims of this prac-
Federal and state laws currently offer protections for endangered,
threatened and many indigenous animals. But a lack of specific prohibi-
tions allows a wide range of animals, including certain species of bear,
llama, zebra and ram to be killed in this manner.
In addition to prohibiting canned hunts, the bill would also restrict
the supply of animals from zoos and game farms to canned hunting facili-
ties. As recently as the fall of 2005, the closing of the Catskill Game
Farm and the selling off of the animals raised concerns by groups that
advocate for the humane treatment of animals that the herd animals like
gazelles and the trophy animals like rhinoceros would be bought by a
canned hunts in New York State, there would be fewer opportunities to
sell these animals for canned hunts.
The recent outbreak of Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD), which is similar
to "mad cow" disease, in New York. State has been linked to captive deer
farms. By outlawing canned shoots NYS can take a preventive step against
the spread of CWD. By prohibiting canned hunting this bill recognizes
that New York State should draw a line between sport and the cruel
savagery of a canned hunt.
FISCAL IMPLICATIONS: None.
EFFECTIVE DATE: This act shall take effect on the first of November
next succeeding the date on which it shall have become law.
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