senate Bill S6669

2013-2014 Legislative Session

Prohibits cruel treatment of elephants

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Feb 25, 2014 referred to agriculture

S6669 - Details

See Assembly Version of this Bill:
A3154A
Law Section:
Agriculture and Markets Law
Laws Affected:
Add ยง380, Ag & Mkts L

S6669 - Summary

Prohibits cruel treatment of elephants; prohibits the possession of certain devices; prohibits the use of certain devices on elephants; prohibits acts which cause pain, injury or death to an elephant (view more) any violation of this section shall constitute a class E felony.

S6669 - Sponsor Memo

S6669 - Bill Text download pdf

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

                                  6669

                            I N  S E N A T E

                            February 25, 2014
                               ___________

Introduced  by  Sen. HOYLMAN -- 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 cruel treatment of elephants

  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 380 to read as follows:
  S 380. CRUELTY TO ELEPHANTS. 1. IT SHALL BE UNLAWFUL FOR ANY PERSON TO
COMMIT ANY OF THE FOLLOWING ACTS ON OR TO AN ELEPHANT:
  (A) USING A BULLHOOK, ANKUS, OR SIMILAR DEVICE;
  (B) USING ELECTRICITY OR ANY SHOCKING DEVICE;
  (C) USING MARTINGALES, WHIP, OR BLOCK AND TACKLE;
  (D)  HITTING, BEATING, PUNCHING, KICKING, OR ENGAGING IN ANY OTHER ACT
WHICH COULD CAUSE PAIN OR INJURY;
  (E) INSERTING ANY INSTRUMENT INTO ANY BODILY ORIFICE;
  (F) USING CHAINS FOR THE PURPOSE OF RESTRAINING OR TYING  DOWN  EXCEPT
FOR THE LIMITED PURPOSE OF PROTECTING PUBLIC SAFETY;
  (G) DEPRIVING OF ADEQUATE FOOD, WATER, OR REST; OR
  (H) COMMITTING ANY OTHER PRACTICES WHICH ARE LIKELY TO CAUSE INJURY OR
DEATH TO AN ELEPHANT.
  2.  NO PERSON SHALL POSSESS ANY DEVICE WHICH EMITS AN ELECTRIC CURRENT
OR SHOCK OR ANY INSTRUMENT THAT MAY REASONABLY RESULT IN  DAMAGE,  SCAR-
RING  OR  BREAKAGE  TO  THE  SKIN  OF  AN ELEPHANT IN THE PRESENCE OF AN
ELEPHANT. FOR THE PURPOSES OF THIS SUBDIVISION, SUCH IMPLEMENT OR DEVICE
INCLUDES, BUT IS NOT LIMITED TO, A BULLHOOK,  ANKUS,  OR  OTHER  SIMILAR
DEVICE.
  3. ANY VIOLATION OF THIS SECTION SHALL CONSTITUTE A CLASS E FELONY.
  4.  NOTHING  IN  THIS  SECTION  SHALL BE CONSTRUED TO AFFECT ANY OTHER
PROTECTIONS AFFORDED TO ELEPHANTS UNDER  ANY  OTHER  PROVISION  OF  THIS
CHAPTER OR ANY OTHER LAW.
  5.  NOTHING  CONTAINED  IN  THIS SECTION SHALL PREVENT ANY TOWN, CITY,
VILLAGE, OR COUNTY IN THE STATE FROM ENACTING A LOCAL LAW  OR  ORDINANCE
GOVERNING  OR  RESTRICTING  THE USE OF ELEPHANTS WITHIN SUCH TOWN, CITY,

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

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