senate Bill S6769A

Signed By Governor
2013-2014 Legislative Session

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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    • Passed Assembly
  • Delivered to Governor
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Dec 15, 2014 signed chap.479
Dec 05, 2014 delivered to governor
Jun 18, 2014 returned to assembly
passed senate
3rd reading cal.505
substituted for s6769c
Jun 18, 2014 substituted by a739d
Jun 03, 2014 amended on third reading 6769c
May 28, 2014 amended on third reading 6769b
May 12, 2014 advanced to third reading
May 07, 2014 2nd report cal.
May 06, 2014 1st report cal.505
Mar 14, 2014 print number 6769a
amend and recommit to agriculture
Mar 07, 2014 referred to agriculture

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S6769 - Bill Details

Law Section:
Agriculture and Markets Law
Laws Affected:
Add §353-f, Ag & Mkts L
Versions Introduced in 2011-2012 Legislative Session:
A8536A

S6769 - Bill Texts

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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 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

Co-Sponsors

S6769A - Bill Details

Law Section:
Agriculture and Markets Law
Laws Affected:
Add §353-f, Ag & Mkts L
Versions Introduced in 2011-2012 Legislative Session:
A8536A

S6769A - Bill Texts

view summary

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

view sponsor memo
BILL NUMBER:S6769A

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--A

                            I N  S E N A T E

                              March 7, 2014
                               ___________

Introduced  by  Sens. LIBOUS, BOYLE, GRISANTI, MAZIARZ -- read twice and
  ordered printed, and when printed to be committed to the Committee  on
  Agriculture  --  committee discharged, bill amended, ordered reprinted
  as amended and recommitted to said committee

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 OR CAUSE TO HAVE PIERCED 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 OR CAUSE TO HAVE TATTOOED A COMPANION ANIMAL
UNLESS SUCH TATTOO:
  (A) PROVIDES A MEDICAL BENEFIT TO THE COMPANION ANIMAL; OR
  (B)  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 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.
                                                           LBD05036-08-4

Co-Sponsors

S6769B - Bill Details

Law Section:
Agriculture and Markets Law
Laws Affected:
Add §353-f, Ag & Mkts L
Versions Introduced in 2011-2012 Legislative Session:
A8536A

S6769B - Bill Texts

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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 NUMBER:S6769B

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--B
    Cal. No. 505

                            I N  S E N A T E

                              March 7, 2014
                               ___________

Introduced  by  Sens. LIBOUS, BOYLE, GRISANTI, KRUEGER, LAVALLE, MAZIARZ
  -- read twice and ordered printed, and when printed to be committed to
  the Committee on Agriculture -- committee  discharged,  bill  amended,
  ordered  reprinted  as  amended  and  recommitted to said committee --
  reported favorably from said committee, ordered to  first  and  second
  report,  ordered  to  a  third reading, amended and ordered reprinted,
  retaining its place in the order of third reading

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 OR CAUSE TO HAVE PIERCED 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 OR CAUSE TO HAVE TATTOOED A COMPANION ANIMAL
UNLESS SUCH TATTOO:
  (A) PROVIDES A MEDICAL BENEFIT TO THE COMPANION ANIMAL; OR
  (B)  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. FOR THE PURPOSES OF THIS SECTION, "TATTOO" SHALL MEAN A MARK ON THE
BODY MADE WITH INDELIBLE INK OR  PIGMENTS  INJECTED  BENEATH  THE  OUTER
LAYER OF SKIN.
  4.  TATTOOING  FOR  THE PURPOSES OF PROVIDING A MEDICAL BENEFIT TO THE
COMPANION ANIMAL SHALL BE PERFORMED BY A LICENSED VETERINARIAN OR  UNDER
THE SUPERVISION OF A LICENSED VETERINARIAN.

 EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                      [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                           LBD05036-11-4

S. 6769--B                          2

  5. 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.

Co-Sponsors

S6769C (ACTIVE) - Bill Details

Law Section:
Agriculture and Markets Law
Laws Affected:
Add §353-f, Ag & Mkts L
Versions Introduced in 2011-2012 Legislative Session:
A8536A

S6769C (ACTIVE) - Bill Texts

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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 NUMBER:S6769C

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--C
    Cal. No. 505

                            I N  S E N A T E

                              March 7, 2014
                               ___________

Introduced  by  Sens. LIBOUS, BOYLE, GRISANTI, KRUEGER, LAVALLE, MAZIARZ
  -- read twice and ordered printed, and when printed to be committed to
  the Committee on Agriculture -- committee  discharged,  bill  amended,
  ordered  reprinted  as  amended  and  recommitted to said committee --
  reported favorably from said committee, ordered to  first  and  second
  report,  ordered  to  a  third reading, amended and ordered reprinted,
  retaining its place in the order of third reading -- again amended and
  ordered reprinted, retaining its place in the order of third reading

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 OR CAUSE TO HAVE PIERCED 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 OR CAUSE TO HAVE TATTOOED A COMPANION ANIMAL
UNLESS SUCH TATTOO:
  (A) IS DONE IN CONJUNCTION WITH A MEDICAL PROCEDURE FOR THE BENEFIT OF
THE  COMPANION  ANIMAL  AND  TO INDICATE THAT SUCH MEDICAL PROCEDURE HAS
BEEN DONE, PROVIDED THAT SUCH TATTOO IS NOT FOR DESIGN PURPOSES; OR
  (B) 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.    FOR  THE PURPOSES OF THIS SECTION, "TATTOO" SHALL MEAN A MARK ON
THE BODY MADE WITH INDELIBLE INK OR PIGMENTS INJECTED BENEATH THE  OUTER
LAYER OF THE SKIN.
  4.    TATTOOING  DONE  IN CONJUNCTION WITH A MEDICAL PROCEDURE FOR THE
BENEFIT OF A COMPANION ANIMAL THAT INDICATES THAT SUCH MEDICAL PROCEDURE

 EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                      [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                           LBD05036-13-4

S. 6769--C                          2

HAS BEEN DONE SHALL BE PERFORMED BY A LICENSED VETERINARIAN OR UNDER THE
SUPERVISION OF A LICENSED VETERINARIAN.
  5.  ANY  PERSON  WHO KNOWINGLY VIOLATES THE PROVISIONS OF THIS SECTION
SHALL BE GUILTY OF A VIOLATION PUNISHABLE PURSUANT TO THE PENAL LAW.
  S 2. This act shall take effect on the one hundred twentieth day after
it shall have become a law.

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