senate Bill S6644

2013-2014 Legislative Session

Relates to regulating the removal of turkeys and geese from a locality

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Feb 21, 2014 referred to environmental conservation

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S6644 - Bill Details

See Assembly Version of this Bill:
A8934
Current Committee:
Law Section:
Environmental Conservation Law
Laws Affected:
Add §11-0541, En Con L

S6644 - Bill Texts

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Relates to regulating the removal of turkeys and geese from a locality; requires the DEC to limit the number of permits authorizing the removal of turkeys and geese and requires the department to provide information related to humane alternatives to execution of such birds; prohibits the department from donating turkeys or geese for human consumption.

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BILL NUMBER:S6644

TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the environmental conservation law, in
relation to regulating the removal of turkeys and geese from a
locality

PURPOSE:

This bill regulates the means in which wild geese can be removed from
a locality using humane alternatives to execution.

SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS:

Section 1. The environmental conservation law is amended by adding a
new section 11-0541 to read as follows:

§ 11-0541. Turkeys and Geese.

1 Prior to authorizing the removal of turkeys or geese from a locality
to be determined by the locality. At least 10 days before the hearing,
notice must be advertised in a newspaper published in each county
affected. The notice will provide the subject of such hearing and the
proposed disposition of the turkeys or geese.

2. The department will strictly limit the number of permits issued for
the removal of turkeys and geese while also providing information
offering humane alternatives to the execution of said turkeys and
geese.

3. The department shall not donate turkeys or geese for human
consumption.

§ 2. This act shall take effect immediately.

EXISTING LAW:

Current state law does not include the above requirements.

JUSTIFICATION:

It is apparent that Canadian Geese are being seen in many
neighborhoods around the state. They have been encroaching on urban
lands without any fear of being harmed for the past 50 Years.
Although these birds may be a nuisance to some people, many people
believe the general public should be given an opportunity to voice
their opinions and concerns prior to removal of these birds. This bill
simply put, does exactly that. People are given an opportunity to go
to a public hearing and voice their opinions. The Department of
Conservation will then, and only then, provide the permits while also
offering nonlethal alternatives that may perhaps be used in the
removal of these birds. Finally, although many sportsmen hunt these
birds for consumption, he/she will do it specifically for consumption
and on an individual basis. Besides the health issues that may arise,
this removal process is not intended for the same purpose. Therefore
the carcasses of any bird killed in this removal process will not be
allowed to be sold for human consumption.


LEGISLATIVE HISTORY:

None.

FISCAL IMPLICATIONS:

To be determined.

LOCAL FISCAL IMPLICATIONS:

To be determined.

EFFECTIVE DATE:

This act shall take effect immediately.

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

                                  6644

                            I N  S E N A T E

                            February 21, 2014
                               ___________

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

AN ACT to amend the environmental conservation law, in relation to regu-
  lating the removal of turkeys and geese from a locality

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

  Section  1.  The environmental conservation law is amended by adding a
new section 11-0541 to read as follows:
S 11-0541. TURKEYS AND GEESE.
  1. PRIOR TO AUTHORIZING THE REMOVAL OF TURKEYS OR GEESE FROM A LOCALI-
TY, THE DEPARTMENT SHALL HOLD A PUBLIC HEARING THEREON IN A PLACE DETER-
MINED BY THE DEPARTMENT IN THE LOCALITY  AFFECTED.  AT  LEAST  TEN  DAYS
BEFORE  THE  HEARING,  NOTICE THEREOF SHALL BE ADVERTISED IN A NEWSPAPER
PUBLISHED IN EACH COUNTY AFFECTED. THE NOTICE SHALL STATE THE SUBJECT OF
THE HEARING AND THE PROPOSED DISPOSITION OF THE TURKEYS OR GEESE.
  2. THE DEPARTMENT SHALL STRICTLY LIMIT THE NUMBER OF PERMITS AUTHORIZ-
ING THE REMOVAL OF TURKEYS OR GEESE  FROM  A  LOCALITY.  THE  DEPARTMENT
SHALL  PROVIDE  INFORMATION OFFERING HUMANE ALTERNATIVES TO EXECUTION TO
ALL APPLICANTS SEEKING PERMITS TO REMOVE TURKEYS OR GEESE FROM A LOCALI-
TY.
  3. THE DEPARTMENT SHALL NOT DONATE TURKEYS OR GEESE  TO  BE  USED  FOR
HUMAN CONSUMPTION.
  S 2. This act shall take effect immediately.




 EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                      [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                           LBD13661-01-4

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