assembly Bill A10171

2015-2016 Legislative Session

Enacts the "elephant protection act" to prohibit the use of elephants in entertainment acts

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May 16, 2016 referred to agriculture


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A10171 (ACTIVE) - Details

See Senate Version of this Bill:
Current Committee:
Assembly Agriculture
Law Section:
Agriculture and Markets Law
Laws Affected:
Add §380, Ag & Mkts L
Versions Introduced in 2017-2018 Legislative Session:
A464, S2098

A10171 (ACTIVE) - Summary

Enacts the "elephant protection act" to prohibit the use of elephants in entertainment acts.

A10171 (ACTIVE) - Bill Text download pdf

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


                          I N  A S S E M B L Y

                              May 16, 2016

Introduced by M. of A. PAULIN -- read once and referred 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


  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
  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.