senate Bill S5971

2013-2014 Legislative Session

Restricts the use of exotic and wild animals in traveling circuses and shows

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Assembly Actions - Lowercase
Senate Actions - UPPERCASE
Jan 08, 2014 referred to agriculture
Oct 28, 2013 referred to rules


S5971 (ACTIVE) - Details

See Assembly Version of this Bill:
Current Committee:
Senate Agriculture
Law Section:
Agriculture and Markets Law
Laws Affected:
Add ยง352, Ag & Mkts L
Versions Introduced in Other Legislative Sessions:
2015-2016: S4635, A1405
2017-2018: S276

S5971 (ACTIVE) - Summary

Restricts the use of exotic and wild animals in traveling circuses and shows; prohibits the use of any wild or exotic animal that was traveling in a mobile housing facility thirty days before the circus or show; establishes civil penalties for violations.

S5971 (ACTIVE) - Sponsor Memo

S5971 (ACTIVE) - Bill Text download pdf

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


                       2013-2014 Regular Sessions

                            I N  S E N A T E

                            October 28, 2013

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

AN ACT to  amend  the  agriculture  and  markets  law,  in  relation  to
  restricting  the  use of exotic and wild animals in traveling circuses
  and shows


  Section  1. This act shall be known and may be cited as the "traveling
exotic and wild animal protection act".
  S 2. Legislative findings. The legislature finds that:
  1. traveling circuses and shows are detrimental to animal welfare  due
to the adverse effects of captivity and transport;
  2.  severe  confinement, lack of free exercise, and the restriction of
natural behaviors, cause animals used in traveling circuses and shows to
suffer and be prone to health, behavioral, and psychological problems;
  3. tricks that exotic  and  non-domesticated  animals  are  forced  to
perform  require  extreme  physical  coercion  techniques, including the
restriction of food, the use of elephant hooks (objects used to  control
and  punish  elephants),  electric  shocks, metal bars, whips, and other
forms of physical abuse;
  4. welfare of animals subject to the conditions in traveling  circuses
and  shows, such as constant travel, limited facilities, long periods of
restricted movement, stress, and physical coercion, will  inevitably  be
compromised, which can lead to increased risks to public safety;
  5.  animals in traveling circuses and shows pose an additional risk to
public safety because such animals have wild  instincts  and  needs  and
have demonstrated unpredictability;
  6.  use of collapsible, temporary facilities in traveling circuses and
shows increases the risk of escaping exotic and non-domesticated animals
seriously harming workers and the public;

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


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