senate Bill S6769

Amended

Prohibits companion animal piercing and tattooing except done in conjunction with a medical procedure for the benefit of a companion animal

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  • Introduced
  • In Committee
  • On Floor Calendar
    • Passed Senate
    • Passed Assembly
  • Delivered to Governor
  • Signed/Vetoed by Governor
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  • 07 / Mar / 2014
    • REFERRED TO AGRICULTURE
  • 14 / Mar / 2014
    • AMEND AND RECOMMIT TO AGRICULTURE
  • 14 / Mar / 2014
    • PRINT NUMBER 6769A
  • 06 / May / 2014
    • 1ST REPORT CAL.505
  • 07 / May / 2014
    • 2ND REPORT CAL.
  • 12 / May / 2014
    • ADVANCED TO THIRD READING
  • 28 / May / 2014
    • AMENDED ON THIRD READING 6769B
  • 03 / Jun / 2014
    • AMENDED ON THIRD READING 6769C
  • 18 / Jun / 2014
    • SUBSTITUTED BY A739D

Summary

Prohibits companion animal piercing and tattooing except when done in conjunction with a medical procedure for the benefit of a companion animal.

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Bill Details

Versions:
S6769
S6769A
S6769B
S6769C
Legislative Cycle:
2013-2014
Law Section:
Agriculture and Markets Law
Laws Affected:
Add ยง353-f, Ag & Mkts L
Versions Introduced in 2011-2012 Legislative Cycle:
A8536A

Sponsor Memo

BILL NUMBER:S6769

TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the agriculture and markets law, in
relation to prohibiting piercing and tattooing of companion animals

PURPOSE OR GENERAL IDEA OF BILL:

The purpose of this legislation is to amend the animal cruelty statute
to include the prohibition of companion animal piercing or tattooing,
unless such activity provides a medical or identification benefit.

SUMMARY OF SPECIFIC PROVISIONS:

Section 353 of the agriculture and markets law is amended by adding a
new section 353-f.

JUSTIFICATION:

The practices of tattooing and piercing are procedures that are
accompanied by considerable risk and potential peril. Most humans
would not undergo such a process without the assistance of someone
professionally trained and without precautions. Due to such risks,
laws exist to protect those most vulnerable, such as children who are
not yet mature enough to understand the potential danger involved and
the latent consequences, from having their flesh tattooed or pierced.

Animals are also a vulnerable population, as they have no means of
expression and must live on the whim of their owners. Recent events
have brought the callous practice of tattooing and piercing companion
animals into the spotlight. Veterinarians have made statements
detailing the cruel results of such procedures. They have reported
that ear piercings can alter an animal's ability to hear correctly and
that piercings along the line of the spine, such as in the neck or at
the base of the tail, hamper balance and jumping. These animals, in
being defenseless and lacking a choice in the matter, need protections
written into the law to prevent these barbaric procedures.

PRIOR LEGISLATIVE HISTORY:

A.8526 of 2011-2012

FISCAL IMPLICATIONS:

None.

EFFECTIVE DATE:

This act shall take effect on the one hundred and twentieth day after
it shall have become a law.

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                    S T A T E   O F   N E W   Y O R K
________________________________________________________________________

                                  6769

                            I N  S E N A T E

                              March 7, 2014
                               ___________

Introduced  by  Sen.  LIBOUS -- read twice and ordered printed, and when
  printed to be committed to the Committee on Agriculture

AN ACT to amend the agriculture and markets law, in relation to  prohib-
  iting piercing and tattooing of companion animals

  THE  PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM-
BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS:

  Section 1. The agriculture and markets law is amended by adding a  new
section 353-f to read as follows:
  S  353-F.  COMPANION  ANIMAL PIERCING AND TATTOOING PROHIBITED. 1.  NO
PERSON SHALL PIERCE A COMPANION ANIMAL UNLESS SUCH PIERCING  PROVIDES  A
MEDICAL  BENEFIT  TO  THE  COMPANION  ANIMAL.  SUCH  PIERCING  SHALL  BE
PERFORMED BY A LICENSED VETERINARIAN  OR  UNDER  THE  SUPERVISION  OF  A
LICENSED  VETERINARIAN.  NOTHING  IN  THIS SECTION SHALL BE CONSTRUED TO
APPLY TO EAR TAGS ON RABBITS AND CAVIES.
  2. NO PERSON SHALL TATTOO A COMPANION ANIMAL UNLESS SUCH TATTOO:
  (A) PROVIDES A MEDICAL BENEFIT TO THE COMPANION ANIMAL; OR
  (B) IS DONE IN CONJUNCTION WITH A MEDICAL PROCEDURE FOR THE  COMPANION
ANIMAL; OR
  (C)  IS DONE FOR THE PURPOSE OF IDENTIFICATION OF THE COMPANION ANIMAL
AND NOT FOR DESIGN PURPOSES, AND SUCH TATTOO INCLUDES ONLY SUCH  NUMBERS
AND/OR  LETTERS  ALLOTTED BY A CORPORATION THAT IN THE REGULAR COURSE OF
ITS BUSINESS MAINTAINS AN ANIMAL TATTOO IDENTIFICATION REGISTRY.
  3. TATTOOING FOR THE PURPOSES OF PROVIDING A MEDICAL  BENEFIT  TO  THE
COMPANION ANIMAL OR DONE IN CONJUNCTION WITH A MEDICAL PROCEDURE FOR THE
COMPANION  ANIMAL SHALL BE PERFORMED BY A LICENSED VETERINARIAN OR UNDER
THE SUPERVISION OF A LICENSED VETERINARIAN.
  4. ANY PERSON FOUND IN VIOLATION OF THIS SECTION IS GUILTY OF A MISDE-
MEANOR PUNISHABLE BY IMPRISONMENT FOR NOT MORE THAN ONE YEAR, OR A  FINE
OF NOT MORE THAN ONE THOUSAND DOLLARS, OR BY BOTH.
  S 2. This act shall take effect on the one hundred twentieth day after
it shall have become a law.


 EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                      [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                           LBD05036-04-4

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