Prohibits the possession of endangered species and imposes civil penalties therefor.
TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the environmental conservation law, in relation to prohibiting the possession, transportation and sale of endangered chimpanzees
PURPOSE: This legislation prohibits the possession of endangered chimpanzees arid imposes civil penalties therefor.
SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS:
Section One - amends the environmental conservation law by adding a new section 11-0538. This section prohibits possession of endangered chimpanzees as well as the importation, transportation, sale or taking of the flesh, bones, skeleton, skull, blood, organ, other body parts or carcass. Any officer or agent authorized by the commissioner or any police officer, as defined in subdivision thirty-four of section 1.20 of the criminal procedure law, shall have the authority to execute any warrant to search for or seize any property or item used in connection with a violation of such subdivision; and such flesh, bones, skeletons, skulls, blood, organs, other body parts and carcasses shall be held pending proceedings in any court of proper jurisdiction. Upon conviction, or upon entry of a judgment restraining any violation of subdivision one of this section, such body parts or carcasses shall be forfeited and, upon forfeiture, shall be destroyed. The department will also have the authority to seek injunctive relief in any court of proper jurisdiction to enjoin continued violation of subdivision one of this section.
Section One - states that the provisions of subdivision one of this section shall not apply to any person holding a valid permit issued pursuant to the United States Endangered Species Act or the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora; or to any person certified by the commissioner as being in possession for zoological, educational or scientific purposes, and is not otherwise prohibited by any state or federal law, rule or regulation.
Section Two - amends section 71-0925 of the environmental conservation law by adding a new subdivision 15 to state that if the violation was an act prohibited by subdivision one of section 11-0535 of this chapter, or by any lawful rule or regulation of the department promulgated pursuant thereto, a civil penalty of not more than five hundred dollars for the first conviction thereof; and a civil penalty of not more than one thousand dollars for a second or subsequent conviction. Each instance of violation shall constitute a separate offense.
Section Four - states that this act shall take effect immediately.
JUSTIFICATION: This legislation prohibits the possession, transportation and sale of endangered chimpanzees and imposes civil penalties.
LEGISLATIVE HISTORY: 5/2/12 Referred to Environmental Conservation
FISCAL IMPLICATIONS: To be determined.
EFFECTIVE DATE: This act shall take effect immediately.
STATE OF NEW YORK ________________________________________________________________________ 2649 2013-2014 Regular Sessions IN SENATE January 23, 2013 ___________Introduced by Sen. BALL -- read twice and ordered printed, and when printed to be committed to the Committee on Environmental Conservation AN ACT to amend the environmental conservation law, in relation to prohibiting the possession, transportation and sale of endangered chimpanzees THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM- BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS: Section 1. The environmental conservation law is amended by adding a new section 11-0538 to read as follows: S 11-0538. POSSESSION OF ENDANGERED CHIMPANZEES; PROHIBITED. 1. NOTWITHSTANDING ANY OTHER PROVISION OF THIS CHAPTER, THE POSSESSION, IMPORTATION, TRANSPORTATION, SALE OR TAKING OF THE FLESH, BONES, SKELETON, SKULL, BLOOD, ORGAN, OTHER BODY PARTS OR CARCASS OF ANY ENDANGERED CHIMPANZEE. 2. ANY OFFICER OR AGENT AUTHORIZED BY THE COMMISSIONER OR ANY POLICE OFFICER, AS DEFINED IN SUBDIVISION THIRTY-FOUR OF SECTION 1.20 OF THE CRIMINAL PROCEDURE LAW, SHALL HAVE THE AUTHORITY TO EXECUTE ANY WARRANT TO SEARCH FOR OR SEIZE ANY FLESH, BONES, SKELETONS, SKULLS, BLOOD, ORGANS, OTHER BODY PARTS OR CARCASSES POSSESSED, IMPORTED, TRANSPORTED, SOLD OR TAKEN IN VIOLATION OF SUBDIVISION ONE OF THIS SECTION, OR ANY PROPERTY OR ITEM USED IN CONNECTION WITH A VIOLATION OF SUCH SUBDIVI- SION; AND SUCH FLESH, BONES, SKELETONS, SKULLS, BLOOD, ORGANS, OTHER BODY PARTS AND CARCASSES SHALL BE HELD PENDING PROCEEDINGS IN ANY COURT OF PROPER JURISDICTION. UPON CONVICTION, OR UPON ENTRY OF A JUDGMENT RESTRAINING ANY VIOLATION OF SUBDIVISION ONE OF THIS SECTION, SUCH SEIZED FLESH, BONES, SKELETONS, SKULLS, BLOOD, ORGANS, OTHER BODY PARTS OR CARCASSES SHALL BE FORFEITED AND, UPON FORFEITURE, SHALL BE DESTROYED. 3. THE DEPARTMENT SHALL HAVE THE AUTHORITY TO SEEK INJUNCTIVE RELIEF IN ANY COURT OF PROPER JURISDICTION TO ENJOIN CONTINUED VIOLATION OF SUBDIVISION ONE OF THIS SECTION.EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets [ ] is old law to be omitted. LBD07357-01-3 S. 2649 2
4. THE PROVISIONS OF SUBDIVISION ONE OF THIS SECTION SHALL NOT APPLY: A. TO ANY PERSON HOLDING A VALID PERMIT ISSUED PURSUANT TO THE UNITED STATES ENDANGERED SPECIES ACT OR THE CONVENTION ON INTERNATIONAL TRADE IN ENDANGERED SPECIES OF WILD FAUNA AND FLORA; OR B. TO ANY PERSON CERTIFIED BY THE COMMISSIONER AS BEING IN POSSESSION FOR ZOOLOGICAL, EDUCATIONAL OR SCIENTIFIC PURPOSES, AND IS NOT OTHERWISE PROHIBITED BY ANY STATE OR FEDERAL LAW, RULE OR REGULATION. S 2. Section 71-0925 of the environmental conservation law is amended by adding a new subdivision 15 to read as follows: 15. IF THE VIOLATION WAS AN ACT PROHIBITED BY SUBDIVISION ONE OF SECTION 11-0538 OF THIS CHAPTER, OR BY ANY LAWFUL RULE OR REGULATION OF THE DEPARTMENT PROMULGATED PURSUANT THERETO, A CIVIL PENALTY OF NOT MORE THAN FIVE HUNDRED DOLLARS FOR THE FIRST CONVICTION THEREOF; AND A CIVIL PENALTY OF NOT MORE THAN ONE THOUSAND DOLLARS FOR A SECOND OR SUBSEQUENT CONVICTION. EACH INSTANCE OF VIOLATION SHALL CONSTITUTE A SEPARATE OFFENSE. S 3. Severability. If any clause, sentence, paragraph, section or part of this act shall be adjudged by any court of competent jurisdiction to be invalid and after exhaustion of all further judicial review, the judgment shall not affect, impair or invalidate the remainder thereof, but shall be confined in its operation to the clause, sentence, para- graph, section or part of this act directly involved in the controversy in which the judgment shall have been rendered. S 4. This act shall take effect immediately.