A02124 Summary:

SPONSORRosenthal L
COSPNSRQuart, Williams, Gottfried, Paulin, Lavine, Colton, Rivera J, Simon, Glick
Add 352, Ag & Mkts L
Prohibits certain acts in rodeos; imposes penalties for the violation of such acts.
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A02124 Actions:

01/14/2021referred to agriculture
01/05/2022referred to agriculture
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A02124 Committee Votes:

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A02124 Floor Votes:

There are no votes for this bill in this legislative session.
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A02124 Memo:

submitted in accordance with Assembly Rule III, Sec 1(f)
SPONSOR: Rosenthal L
  TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the agriculture and markets law, in relation to the prohibition of certain acts in rodeos   PURPOSE: This legislation will prohibit cruel acts in rodeos.   SUMMARY OF SPECIFIC PROVISIONS: Section one amends the agriculture and markets law by adding a new section 352. Section two sets the effective date.   JUSTIFICATION: While New York State has limited the use of animals in circuses and other entertainment, rodeos have been left unregulated despite the display of similar, and in many cases more egregious, acts of cruelty. Rodeos typically include an event called "calf roping" where baby calves are shocked with electric prods, forcing them to run as soon as the holding chute opens, only to be "clotheslined" with a rope and tied at the legs. Panicked calves are routinely injured or killed during these performances. Rodeos also continue to use flank straps or bucking straps, which are tightly fastened around the animal's abdomen and may be used with sharp- ened spurs to cause pain to the animal, encouraging them to buck more violently. Rodeos are responsible for causing death or serious injury to countless animals, all for the sole purpose of entertainment and showmanship. This legislation would protect animals from suffering such fate by prohibit- ing rodeos that include calf roping, the use of flank straps or bucking straps, electric prods, and sharpened spurs.   LEGISLATIVE HISTORY: 2019-20: A.8554 - Referred to Agriculture; S.7971 - Referred to Domestic Animal Welfare   FISCAL IMPLICATIONS: Undetermined.   EFFECTIVE DATE: This act shall take effect in 30 days.
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A02124 Text:

                STATE OF NEW YORK
                               2021-2022 Regular Sessions
                   IN ASSEMBLY
                                    January 14, 2021
          LAVINE, COLTON, J. RIVERA, SIMON, GLICK -- Multi-Sponsored by -- M. of
          A.  ENGLEBRIGHT -- read once and referred to the Committee on Agricul-
        AN  ACT  to  amend  the  agriculture and markets law, in relation to the
          prohibition of certain acts in rodeos

          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 352 to read as follows:
     3    § 352. Use of animals in rodeos. 1. For the purposes of this section:
     4    (a) "Calf roping" shall mean capturing a calf with a lasso and binding
     5  its feet or allowing it to run free.
     6    (b) "Electric prod" shall mean a handheld device used to  make  cattle
     7  or  other  livestock  move  by  striking or poking such animal with such
     8  device which shocks such animal with a high voltage, low  current  elec-
     9  tric shock.
    10    (c)  "Flank strap" or "bucking strap" shall mean a strap or rope which
    11  is tightly  cinched around the abdomen of a horse or bull  causing  such
    12  animal to buck.
    13    (d) "Person" shall mean any individual, partnership, limited liability
    14  company,  corporation,  joint venture, association, trust, estate or any
    15  other legal entity, and  any  officer,  member,  shareholder,  director,
    16  employee, agent or representative of any such  entity.
    17    (e)  "Rodeo"  shall  mean  a public exhibition in which skills such as
    18  riding bulls or broncos, or roping animals, are displayed.
    19    (f) "Spur with a fixed or sharpened rowel" shall  mean  a  sharp  prod
    20  fixed  to the heel of the rider of an animal which is used to enhance or
    21  increase the intensity of the bucking of the animal.
    22    2. No person in a rodeo shall:
    23    (a) engage in calf roping;
         EXPLANATION--Matter in italics (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                              [ ] is old law to be omitted.

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     1    (b) use flank straps or bucking straps on horses,  bulls,  cattle,  or
     2  other livestock;
     3    (c)  use  electric prods on horses, bulls, cattle, or other livestock;
     4  or
     5    (d) use spurs with fixed or sharpened rowels on horses, bulls, cattle,
     6  or other livestock.
     7    3. (a) Any person that violates the provisions of this section, or any
     8  rule or regulation promulgated pursuant thereto, may be assessed, by the
     9  commissioner, a civil penalty of not more than ten thousand dollars  for
    10  each  such  violation.  Each  violation  and  each  day  during  which a
    11  violation continues shall constitute a separate violation.
    12    (b) Any person that violates the provisions  of  this  section,  shall
    13  have any permit or license to operate as a rodeo revoked.
    14    4.  Any  venue that hosts a rodeo that violates the provisions of this
    15  section, or any rule or regulation promulgated pursuant  thereto,  shall
    16  lose its eligibility for any state tax abatements.
    17    §  2.  This  act shall take effect on the thirtieth day after it shall
    18  have become a law.
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