Assembly Actions -
Senate Actions - UPPERCASE
|Jun 16, 2016||
referred to agriculture
delivered to assembly
ordered to third reading cal.1911
committee discharged and committed to rules
|May 12, 2016||
referred to agriculture
Senate Bill S7805
2015-2016 Legislative Session
Archive: Last Bill Status - In Assembly Committee
- In Committee Assembly
- On Floor Calendar Assembly
- Passed Assembly
- Delivered to Governor
- Signed By Governor
2015-S7805 (ACTIVE) - Details
2015-S7805 (ACTIVE) - Sponsor Memo
BILL NUMBER: S7805 TITLE OF BILL : An act to amend the agriculture and markets law, in relation to prohibiting the use of elephants in entertainment acts PURPOSE : To provide that no person shall conduct or operate a display of elephants in any type of entertainment act in the state. SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS : Section 1 provides that this act shall be known as the "Elephant Protection Act." Section 2 describes legislative findings. Section 3 amends the agriculture and markets law by adding a new section 380, which provides that a person shall not conduct or operate a display of elephants in any type of entertainment act in the state. This section also provides that an entertainment act that fails to comply with this section may be subject to a civil penalty. Section 3 also includes exemptions from the provisions of the section.
2015-S7805 (ACTIVE) - Bill Text download pdf
S T A T E O F N E W Y O R K ________________________________________________________________________ 7805 I N S E N A T E May 12, 2016 ___________ Introduced by Sen. MURPHY -- 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 the use of elephants in entertainment acts THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM- BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS: Section 1. Short title. This act shall be known and may be cited as the "elephant protection act". S 2. Legislative findings. The legislature hereby finds that: a. elephant abuse is a matter of worldwide concern, and the state as a recognized environmental leader should help assure the protection and welfare of elephants; b. it is widely recognized that elephants used for entertainment purposes ("entertainment elephants") suffer physical and psychological harm due to the living conditions and treatment to which they are subjected, resulting in increased mortality with life spans only one- half as long as wild elephants; c. entertainment elephants are trained with cruel techniques that involve the use of objects to control and punish, such as bullhooks, electric shocks, metal bars, whips, chaining, and other forms of phys- ical restriction and painful coercion; d. entertainment elephants live in conditions that are in no way simi- lar to their natural habitat, including an unnatural diet, restricted movement, inappropriate housing and a hostile climate; e. entertainment elephants are subjected to confinement and social isolation, leading to physiological, behavioral and psychological impairments; f. entertainment elephants transported into the state spend a signif- icant portion of their lives inside trucks, trains or trailers, enduring additional physical restrictions and social isolation; g. the use of elephants in entertainment provides a false and inaccu- rate educational experience for children and adults, often including performance tricks that are never executed by elephants in the wild and that are stressful or harmful to the animal; and EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets [ ] is old law to be omitted.
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