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New York

2011 New York A 1928. Confinement of Farm Animals

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Citation: 2011 New York A 1928



Date Introduced: 1/12/2011

Date of Last Action: 1/12/2011

Last Checked by Web Center Staff: 07/2011



Summary:   This New York bill concerns the confinement of calves raised for veal, pigs during pregnancy, and egg-laying hens. The proposed law sets minimum standards for the confinement of these covered animals, requiring that these animals be able to lie down, stand up, fully extend their limbs, and turn around freely.


Bill in Full:


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

                                         1928

                              2011-2012 Regular Sessions

                                 I N  A S S E M B L Y

                                   January 12, 2011
                                      ___________

       Introduced by M. of A. ROSENTHAL, CASTRO, PAULIN, MAISEL, McENENY, KELL-
         NER,  KAVANAGH,  MILLMAN,  ROBINSON,  GOTTFRIED, ENGLEBRIGHT -- Multi-
         Sponsored by -- M. of  A.    BING,  CUSICK,  GLICK,  HEVESI,  LATIMER,
         V. LOPEZ, TITUS, WEISENBERG -- read once and referred to the Committee
         on Agriculture

       AN  ACT  to  amend  the  agriculture and markets law, in relation to the
         confinement of animals for food producing purposes

         THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND  ASSEM-
       BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS:

    1    Section  1. The agriculture and markets law is amended by adding a new
    2  section 353-e to read as follows:

    3    S 353-E. CONFINEMENT OF ANIMALS FOR FOOD PRODUCING PURPOSES. 1.    FOR
    4  PURPOSES  OF  THIS SECTION, THE FOLLOWING TERMS SHALL HAVE THE FOLLOWING
    5  MEANINGS:
    6    (A) "CALF RAISED FOR VEAL" MEANS ANY CALF OF THE BOVINE  SPECIES  KEPT
    7  FOR THE PURPOSE OF PRODUCING THE FOOD PRODUCT DESCRIBED AS VEAL.
    8    (B)  "COVERED ANIMALS" MEANS ANY PIG DURING PREGNANCY, CALF RAISED FOR
    9  VEAL, OR EGG-LAYING HEN WHO IS KEPT ON A FARM.
   10    (C) "EGG-LAYING HEN" MEANS ANY FEMALE  DOMESTICATED  CHICKEN,  TURKEY,
   11  DUCK, GOOSE, OR GUINEA FOWL KEPT FOR THE PURPOSE OF EGG PRODUCTION.
   12    (D)  "ENCLOSURE"  MEANS ANY CAGE, CRATE, OR OTHER STRUCTURE (INCLUDING
   13  WHAT IS COMMONLY DESCRIBED AS A "GESTATION  CRATE"  FOR  PIGS,  A  "VEAL
   14  CRATE"  FOR  CALVES,  OR  A  "BATTERY CAGE" FOR EGG-LAYING HENS) USED TO
   15  CONFINE A COVERED ANIMAL.
   16    (E) "FARM" MEANS THE LAND, BUILDING,  SUPPORT  FACILITIES,  AND  OTHER
   17  EQUIPMENT   THAT  ARE  WHOLLY  OR  PARTIALLY  USED  FOR  THE  COMMERCIAL
   18  PRODUCTION OF ANIMALS OR ANIMAL PRODUCTS USED FOR  FOOD  OR  FIBER,  AND
   19  DOES NOT INCLUDE LIVE ANIMAL MARKETS.
   20    (F)  "FULLY EXTENDING ITS LIMBS" MEANS FULLY EXTENDING ALL LIMBS WITH-
   21  OUT TOUCHING THE SIDE  OF  AN  ENCLOSURE,  INCLUDING,  IN  THE  CASE  OF
    1  EGG-LAYING HENS, FULLY SPREADING BOTH WINGS WITHOUT TOUCHING THE SIDE OF
    2  AN ENCLOSURE OR OTHER EGG-LAYING HENS.
    3    (G)  "PERSON"  MEANS ANY INDIVIDUAL, CORPORATION, PARTNERSHIP, ASSOCI-
    4  ATION, OR OTHER LEGAL ENTITY.
    5    (H) "PIG DURING PREGNANCY" MEANS  ANY  PREGNANT  PIG  OF  THE  PORCINE
    6  SPECIES KEPT FOR THE PRIMARY PURPOSE OF BREEDING.
    7    (I) "TURNING AROUND FREELY" MEANS TURNING IN A COMPLETE CIRCLE WITHOUT
    8  ANY  IMPEDIMENT, INCLUDING A TETHER, AND WITHOUT TOUCHING THE SIDE OF AN
    9  ENCLOSURE.

   10    2. IT SHALL BE UNLAWFUL FOR  ANY  PERSON  TO  TETHER  OR  CONFINE  ANY
   11  COVERED ANIMAL, AS DEFINED IN SUBDIVISION ONE OF THIS SECTION, ON A FARM
   12  FOR  ALL  OR  THE  MAJORITY  OF  ANY DAY, IN A MANNER THAT PREVENTS SUCH
   13  ANIMAL FROM LYING DOWN, STANDING UP AND FULLY EXTENDING  ITS  LIMBS  AND
   14  TURNING AROUND FREELY.

   15    3.  THIS  SECTION  SHALL  NOT  APPLY  DURING  THE  FOLLOWING  LAWFULLY
   16  PERFORMED ACTIVITIES:
   17    (A) TRANSPORTATION,
   18    (B) EXHIBITIONS AT RODEOS, FAIRS, YOUTH PROGRAMS, AND SIMILAR  EXHIBI-
   19  TIONS,
   20    (C) SLAUGHTERING PROCESS,
   21    (D) SCIENTIFIC OR AGRICULTURAL RESEARCH,
   22    (E) EXAMINATION, TESTING, INDIVIDUAL TREATMENT OR OPERATION FOR VETER-
   23  INARY PURPOSES,
   24    (F)  TO  A PIG DURING THE SEVEN-DAY PERIOD PRIOR TO THE PIG'S EXPECTED
   25  DATE OF GIVING BIRTH.

   26    4. A VIOLATION OF THE PROVISIONS OF THIS SECTION IS A CLASS  A  MISDE-
   27  MEANOR  PUNISHABLE  BY IMPRISONMENT FOR A PERIOD NOT TO EXCEED ONE YEAR,
   28  OR BY A FINE NOT TO EXCEED ONE THOUSAND DOLLARS, OR BY  BOTH  SUCH  FINE
   29  AND IMPRISONMENT.

   30    5.  NOTHING  CONTAINED  IN  THIS SECTION SHALL PREVENT ANY TOWN, CITY,
   31  VILLAGE OR COUNTY IN NEW YORK STATE FROM ENACTING A LOCAL LAW  OR  ORDI-
   32  NANCE  TO  PROVIDE FOR THE HUMANE TREATMENT OF AND PREVENTION OF CRUELTY
   33  TO FARM ANIMALS, PROVIDED, HOWEVER, THAT NO SUCH LAW SHALL CONFLICT WITH
   34  THE PROVISIONS OF THIS SECTION.

   35    6. NOTHING CONTAINED IN THIS SECTION SHALL BE CONSTRUED TO REDUCE  THE
   36  PROTECTION  AFFORDED  TO  FARM  ANIMALS  UNDER ANY OTHER SECTION OF THIS
   37  ARTICLE OR ANY OTHER LAW OR REGULATION. NOTHING IN THIS SECTION SHALL BE
   38  CONSTRUED TO LIMIT OR RESTRICT AGENTS OR OFFICERS OF SOCIETIES  FOR  THE
   39  PREVENTION  OF CRUELTY TO ANIMALS OR THE POLICE FROM ENFORCING THE OTHER
   40  PROVISIONS OF THIS ARTICLE OR ANY OTHER LAW OR  REGULATION  RELATING  TO
   41  THE HUMANE TREATMENT OF OR CRUELTY TO ANIMALS.

   42    7. THIS SECTION SHALL BE ENFORCED BY THE DEPARTMENT, AND ANY AGENT AND
   43  OFFICER  OF  ANY DULY INCORPORATED SOCIETY FOR THE PREVENTION OF CRUELTY
   44  TO ANIMALS MAY ISSUE AN APPEARANCE TICKET PURSUANT TO SECTION 150.20  OF
   45  THE  CRIMINAL PROCEDURE LAW, SUMMONS OR ARREST, AND BRING BEFORE A COURT
   46  OR MAGISTRATE HAVING JURISDICTION, ANY PERSON OFFENDING AGAINST  ANY  OF
   47  THE PROVISIONS OF THIS SECTION.

   48    S 2. This act shall take effect January 1, 2015.



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