senate Bill S7805

2015-2016 Legislative Session

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

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Assembly Actions - Lowercase
Senate Actions - UPPERCASE
Jun 16, 2016 referred to agriculture
delivered to assembly
passed senate
ordered to third reading cal.1911
committee discharged and committed to rules
May 12, 2016 referred to agriculture

S7805 (ACTIVE) - Details

See Assembly Version of this Bill:
Current Committee:
Assembly Agriculture
Law Section:
Agriculture and Markets Law
Laws Affected:
Add ยง380, Ag & Mkts L
Versions Introduced in 2017-2018 Legislative Session:
S2098, A464

S7805 (ACTIVE) - Summary

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

S7805 (ACTIVE) - Sponsor Memo

S7805 (ACTIVE) - Bill Text download pdf

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


                            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


  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.


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