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SECTION 379
Prohibition of the selling of fur, hair, skin or flesh of a dog or cat
Agriculture & Markets (AGM) CHAPTER 69, ARTICLE 26
§ 379. Prohibition of the selling of fur, hair, skin or flesh of a dog
or cat. 1. It shall be unlawful for any person, firm, partnership or
corporation to knowingly import, sell, offer for sale, manufacture,
distribute, transport or otherwise market or trade in the fur, hair,
skin or flesh of a domesticated dog (canis familiaris) or domesticated
cat (felis catus or domesticus), whether domestically raised or imported
from another country, or any product or item containing or comprised of
the fur, hair, skin or flesh of a dog or cat. As used in this section
the term "domesticated dog or cat" shall not mean or include coyote
(ranis latrans), fox (vulpes volpes, vulpes cinereoargenteus), lynx
(felis lynx) or bobcat (felis rufus).

2. Manufacturers or suppliers shall provide certification to each
retailer that any fur, hair, skin or flesh contained in such items is
not derived from domesticated dog or domesticated cat.

3. The commissioner shall establish a standard for the certification
required by the provisions of subdivision two of this section on the
effective date of this section.

4. A violation of this section shall be punishable by a civil penalty
of up to one thousand dollars for an individual and up to five thousand
dollars for a corporation for the first violation. Any subsequent
violation shall be punishable by a civil penalty of up to twenty-five
thousand dollars.

5. Any civil penalties collected pursuant to this section of law are
payable to the animal population control fund established pursuant to
section ninety-seven-xx of the state finance law.

6. (a) No provision of this section shall be construed to prohibit or
interfere with any properly conducted scientific tests, experiments or
investigations involving the use of dog or cat fur or flesh, performed
or conducted in laboratories or institutions, which are approved for
these purposes by the state commissioner of health in accordance with
section three hundred fifty-three of this article.

(b) No provision of this section shall be construed to prohibit any
person, firm, partnership or corporation from importing, selling,
offering for sale, manufacturing, distributing, transporting, or
otherwise marketing or trading in the fur, hair, skin, or flesh of a
domesticated dog or cat for the purposes of conducting scientific tests,
experiments or investigations that are to be performed or conducted in
laboratories or institutions, which are approved for these purposes by
the state commissioner of health in accordance with section three
hundred fifty-three of this article.