2015: New York AB 4786

New York Assembly Bill 4786 has been introduced and assigned to the Agriculture Committee. This bill changes language to a current law. Rather than a misdemeanor for owning a "wild animal" that attacks a human, it will now be a Class E felony for, "owning, possessing or harboring a wild animal or reptile." See the list of affected species which are already prohibited in New York below.

There is already a law restricting ownership of these animals. This bill is a complete waste of New York's money and resources.

Agricultural Committee Members and Contact Information: www.assembly.state.ny.us/comm/?sec=mem&id=2

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                    BILL TEXT

       Introduced by Barbara Clark

AN ACT to amend the agriculture and markets law, in relation to  prohib-

iting  the  ownership,  possession  or  harboring  of a wild animal or

reptile

THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND  ASSEM-

BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS:

1    Section 1. Section 370 of the agriculture and markets law, as added by

2  chapter 1047 of the laws of 1965, is amended to read as follows:

3    S 370. [Protection  of  the  public from attack by] PROHIBITION OF THE

    4  OWNERSHIP, POSSESSION OR HARBORING OF wild  animals  and  reptiles.  Any

5  person  owning, possessing or harboring a wild animal or reptile capable

6  of inflicting bodily harm upon a human being[, who shall fail  to  exer-

cise due care in safeguarding the public from attack by such wild animal

or reptile,] is guilty of a [misdemeanor, punishable by imprisonment for

not  more  than  one  year,  or  by a fine of not more than five hundred

10  dollars, or by both] CLASS E FELONY AS DEFINED BY THE PENAL  LAW.    FOR

   11  THE  PURPOSES  OF THIS SECTION, "[Wild] WILD animal" [within the meaning

12  of this section, shall not include  a  dog  or  cat  or  other  domestic

13  animal]  IS  DEFINED  IN ACCORDANCE TO PARAGRAPH E OF SUBDIVISION SIX OF

   14  SECTION 11-0103 OF THE ENVIRONMENTAL CONSERVATION LAW.

15    Previous attacks upon a human being by such wild animal or reptile, or

16  knowledge of the vicious propensities of such wild animal or reptile, on

17  the part of the possessor or harborer thereof, shall not be required  to

18  be  proven  by  the people upon a prosecution hereunder; and neither the

19  fact that such wild animal or reptile  has  not  previously  attacked  a

20  human  being,  nor lack of knowledge of the vicious propensities of such

21  wild animal or reptile on the part of the owner, possessor  or  harborer

22  thereof shall constitute a defense to a prosecution hereunder.

23    S 2. This act shall take effect on the first of November next succeed-

24  ing the date on which it shall have become a law.

Text in BOLD  is new; matter in brackets [ ] with strikethrough is old law to be omitted.

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Under current New York law:

Sec. 11-0512. Possession, sale, barter, transfer, exchange and import of wild animals as pets prohibited.

1. No person shall knowingly possess, harbor, sell, barter, transfer, exchange or import any wild animal for use as a pet in New York state, except as provided in subdivision three of this section.

Definition of “WILD ANIMAL” in paragraph E, subdivision 6, section 11-0103 of the Environmental Conservation Law:

  1. "Wild  animal"  shall not include "companion animal" as defined in section three hundred fifty of the agriculture  and  markets  law.  Wild animal  includes,  and is limited to, any or all of the following orders and families:

(1) Nonhuman primates and prosimians,

(2) Felidae and all hybrids thereof, with the exception of the species Felis catus (domesticated and feral cats, which shall mean  domesticated cats  that were formerly owned and that have been abandoned and that are no longer socialized, as well as offspring of such cats) and hybrids  of Felis catus that are registered by the American Cat Fanciers Association or  the International Cat Association provided that such cats be without any wild felid parentage for a minimum of five generations,

(3) Canidae (with the exception of domesticated dogs and captive  bred fennec foxes (vulpes zerda)),

(4) Ursidae,

(5)  All  reptiles that are venomous by nature, pursuant to department regulation, and the following species and orders: Burmese Python (Python bivittatus), Reticulated Python (Python  reticulatus),  African  Rock Python  (Python  sabae),  Green  Anaconda  (Eunectes  maurinus),  Yellow Anaconda (Eunectes  notaeus),  Australian  Amethystine  Python  (Morelia amethistina  and  Morelia  kinghorni),  Indian  Python (Python molurus), Asiatic  (water)  Monitor  (Varanus  salvator),  Nile  Monitor  (Varanus nilocitus),  White  Throat  Monitor  (Varanus albigularis), Black Throat Monitor  (Varanus  albigularis  ionides)  and Crocodile Monitor (Varanus salvadori), Komodo Dragon (Varanus komodensis) and any hybrid thereof,

(6) Crocodylia.