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A03678 Summary:

COSPNSRColton, Galef, Cusick, O'Donnell, Rosenthal L, Carroll, Otis, Weprin, Titone
MLTSPNSRCrespo, Weinstein
Amd 11-0103, En Con L
Excludes dogs, cats and any other domesticated animals from the definition of "wildlife".
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A03678 Actions:

01/30/2017referred to environmental conservation
04/25/2017reported referred to codes
04/27/2017advanced to third reading cal.202
01/03/2018ordered to third reading cal.280
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A03678 Memo:

submitted in accordance with Assembly Rule III, Sec 1(f)
  TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the environmental conservation law, in relation to excluding certain animals from the definition of wildlife   PURPOSE OR GENERAL IDEA OF BILL: To clarify the word 'wildlife' in the laws of New York as not to include cats and dogs.   SUMMARY OF SPECIFIC PROVISIONS: Amends Paragraph 6 (a) of section 11-0103 of the environmental conserva- tion law. 'Wildlife' would be specified as wild game and all other animal life existing in a wild state, except fish, shellfish and crustacea. No dog or cat, whether domesticated or feral, shall be considered wildlife pursuant to this title. A feral cat or dog shall mean any cat or dog that is born in the wild and is not socialized, is the offspring of an owned or feral cat or dog and is not socialized, or is a formerly owned cat or dog that has been abandoned and is no longer socialized.   JUSTIFICATION: Currently, the definition of wildlife contained in law is far too broad and ambiguous. The elusiveness of the law has resulted in the regretta- ble treatment of domesticated cats and dogs as 'wildlife.' Consequently, these domesticated animals may be trapped and killed inhumanely by nuisance wildlife control operators. In the agriculture and markets law, cats and dogs are clearly defined as 'companion animals.' It is key that the definitions of cats and dogs are also clarified in the environmental and conservation law in order to protect these domesticated animals from being disposed of as 'nuisance wildlife.' We feel that it is imperative that this disturbing practice comes to end in order to protect some of New Yorker's favorite pets.   PRIOR LEGISLATIVE HISTORY: 2003: Referred to Rules. 2004: Referred to Environmental Conservation. 2005: A1821 Referred to Environmental Conservation. 2006: A1821 passed Assembly. 2008: A2611 Referred to Environmental Conservation. 2009-10: Referred to Environmental Conservation. 2011-2012: A3593 Referred to Environmental Conservation. 2013-2014: Amended and referred to Codes. 2015: Referred to codes 2016: Passed Assembly   FISCAL IMPLICATIONS: None   EFFECTIVE DATE: This act shall take effect immediately.
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A03678 Text:

                STATE OF NEW YORK
                               2017-2018 Regular Sessions
                   IN ASSEMBLY
                                    January 30, 2017
        Introduced  by  M. of A. GLICK, COLTON, GALEF, CUSICK, O'DONNELL, ROSEN-
          THAL -- Multi-Sponsored by -- M. of A. CRESPO, WEINSTEIN -- read  once
          and referred to the Committee on Environmental Conservation
        AN  ACT  to  amend  the  environmental  conservation law, in relation to
          excluding certain animals from the definition of wildlife

          The People of the State of New York, represented in Senate and  Assem-
        bly, do enact as follows:
     1    Section  1.  Paragraph  a  of  subdivision 6 of section 11-0103 of the
     2  environmental conservation law, as amended by chapter 777 of the laws of
     3  1976, is amended to read as follows:
     4    a. "Wildlife" means wild game and all other animal life existing in  a
     5  wild state, except companion animals as defined in section three hundred
     6  fifty of the agriculture and markets law, fish, shellfish and crustacea.
     7    § 2. This act shall take effect immediately.
         EXPLANATION--Matter in italics (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                              [ ] is old law to be omitted.
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