Bill S5971-2013

Restricts the use of exotic and wild animals in traveling circuses and shows

Restricts the use of exotic and wild animals in traveling circuses and shows; prohibits the use of any wild or exotic animal that was traveling in a mobile housing facility thirty days before the circus or show; establishes civil penalties for violations.

Details

Actions

  • Jan 8, 2014: REFERRED TO AGRICULTURE
  • Oct 28, 2013: REFERRED TO RULES

Memo

BILL NUMBER:S5971

TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the agriculture and markets law, in relation to restricting the use of exotic and wild animals in traveling circuses and shows

PURPOSE OR GENERAL IDEA OF BILL:

To prohibit the use of exotic and non-domesticated animals in traveling circuses and exhibitions

SUMMARY OF SPECIFIC PROVISIONS:

Section one provides that this act shall be known as the "traveling exotic and wild animal protection act."

Section two provides the legislative findings.

Paragraph one of section three amends the agriculture and markets law by adding a new section 352 to prohibit traveling circuses and shows from displaying exotic or wild animals, including non-humane primates. Paragraph two provides that the restriction shall not apply to exotic or wild animals in an exhibition at a non-mobile, permanent institution or facility, including an accredited zoo or aquarium; as part of an out outreach program for education or conservation purposes, by a university, college, laboratory, or other registered research facilities; in film, television, or advertising if such use does not involve a live public exhibition; or in a rodeo. Paragraph three provides the penalties for violators of the act. Paragraph four lists exemptions of the act. Paragraph five lists definitions.

Section four provides the effective date.

JUSTIFICATION:

Traveling circuses and shows have acute negative effects on the psychological and physical health of the performing animals. The methods of transporting, training, and maintaining these animals are often cruel and inhumane. They are corralled and forced to perform unnatural tasks for the sake of entertainment, while being restricted from exhibiting natural behaviors. Due to their natural wild instincts and the immense amount of stress placed upon the long-range animals especially, rebellious actions often occur, which lead to an increased risk of public safety. Traveling circuses and exhibitions bring the public dangerously close to unpredictable animals, and the temporary, collapsible facilities provide inadequate protection. The mobile nature of these shows makes it difficult for law enforcement to supervise animal treatment. There are many alternative animal-free circuses and shows that provide enjoyable human performance focused entertainment for the public.

PRIOR LEGISLATIVE HISTORY:

This is a new bill.

FISCAL IMPLICATION:

None to the state.

LOCAL FISCAL IMPLICATIONS:

None

EFFECTIVE DATE:

This act shall take effect one year after it shall have become a law.


Text

STATE OF NEW YORK ________________________________________________________________________ 5971 2013-2014 Regular Sessions IN SENATE October 28, 2013 ___________
Introduced by Sen. LATIMER -- read twice and ordered printed, and when printed to be committed to the Committee on Rules AN ACT to amend the agriculture and markets law, in relation to restricting the use of exotic and wild animals in traveling circuses and shows THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM- BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS: Section 1. This act shall be known and may be cited as the "traveling exotic and wild animal protection act". S 2. Legislative findings. The legislature finds that: 1. traveling circuses and shows are detrimental to animal welfare due to the adverse effects of captivity and transport; 2. severe confinement, lack of free exercise, and the restriction of natural behaviors, cause animals used in traveling circuses and shows to suffer and be prone to health, behavioral, and psychological problems; 3. tricks that exotic and non-domesticated animals are forced to perform require extreme physical coercion techniques, including the restriction of food, the use of elephant hooks (objects used to control and punish elephants), electric shocks, metal bars, whips, and other forms of physical abuse; 4. welfare of animals subject to the conditions in traveling circuses and shows, such as constant travel, limited facilities, long periods of restricted movement, stress, and physical coercion, will inevitably be compromised, which can lead to increased risks to public safety; 5. animals in traveling circuses and shows pose an additional risk to public safety because such animals have wild instincts and needs and have demonstrated unpredictability; 6. use of collapsible, temporary facilities in traveling circuses and shows increases the risk of escaping exotic and non-domesticated animals seriously harming workers and the public;
7. traveling circuses and shows bring people dangerously close to exotic and non-domesticated animals by displaying animals in inappropri- ate, uncontrolled areas that are not suited for the exhibition of such animals; 8. it is not possible to provide exotic and non-domesticated animals with facilities sufficient to maintain the optimum physical and mental health of the animals because of the suffering caused to the animals by the nature of traveling circuses and shows, in which restriction of movement, separation from natural groupings, restriction of food and water, and physical abuse are prevalent; 9. due to the mobile and transitory nature of traveling circuses and shows, law enforcement authorities cannot properly monitor the condi- tions of the animals or follow up on previous infractions by traveling circuses; 10. restricting the use of exotic and non-domesticated animals in traveling circuses and shows is the most cost-effective and efficient way to safeguard both animal welfare and public safety; and 11. animal-free circuses like Cirque du Soleil are growing in number, economic impact, and popularity, a testament to an educated public's desire to see humane entertainment. S 3. The agriculture and markets law is amended by adding a new section 352 to read as follows: S 352. USE OF EXOTIC OR WILD ANIMALS IN TRAVELING CIRCUSES AND EXHIBI- TIONS. 1. NO TRAVELING CIRCUS OR SHOW MAY ALLOW FOR THE PARTICIPATION OF AN EXOTIC OR WILD ANIMAL, INCLUDING A NON-HUMAN PRIMATE, IN AN ANIMAL ACT IF, DURING THE THIRTY DAY PERIOD PRECEDING SUCH PARTICIPATION, SUCH ANIMAL WAS TRAVELING IN A MOBILE HOUSING FACILITY. 2. THE RESTRICTION UNDER SUBDIVISION ONE OF THIS SECTION SHALL NOT APPLY TO THE USE OF AN EXOTIC OR WILD ANIMAL, INCLUDING A NON-HUMAN PRIMATE: (A) IN AN EXHIBITION AT A NON-MOBILE, PERMANENT INSTITUTION OR FACILI- TY, INCLUDING AN ACCREDITED ZOO OR AQUARIUM; (B) AS PART OF AN OUTREACH PROGRAM FOR EDUCATION OR CONSERVATION PURPOSES BY AN ACCREDITED ZOO, AQUARIUM, OR NOT-FOR-PROFIT CONSERVATION ORGANIZATION IF THE ANIMAL USED FOR SUCH PURPOSES IS NOT KEPT IN A MOBILE HOUSING FACILITY FOR MORE THAN TWELVE HOURS A DAY; (C) BY A UNIVERSITY, COLLEGE, LABORATORY, OR OTHER RESEARCH FACILITY REGISTERED WITH THE SECRETARY OF THE DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE PURSUANT TO THE ANIMAL WELFARE ACT (7 U.S.C. SECTION 2136); (D) IN FILM, TELEVISION, OR ADVERTISING IF SUCH USE DOES NOT INVOLVE A LIVE PUBLIC EXHIBITION; OR (E) IN A RODEO. 3. A TRAVELING CIRCUS OR SHOW THAT FAILS TO COMPLY WITH THIS SECTION OR ANY RULE, REGULATION, OR STANDARD PROMULGATED BY THE COMMISSIONER THEREUNDER, MAY BE ASSESSED A CIVIL PENALTY BY THE COMMISSIONER OF NOT MORE THAN TEN THOUSAND DOLLARS FOR EACH SUCH VIOLATION, AND THE COMMIS- SIONER MAY ALSO MAKE AN ORDER THAT SUCH PERSON SHALL CEASE AND DESIST FROM CONTINUING SUCH VIOLATION. EACH VIOLATION AND EACH DAY DURING WHICH A VIOLATION CONTINUES SHALL BE A SEPARATE OFFENSE. ANY PERSON WHO KNOWINGLY FAILS TO OBEY A CEASE AND DESIST ORDER MADE BY THE COMMISSION- ER UNDER THIS SECTION SHALL BE SUBJECT TO A CIVIL PENALTY OF ONE THOU- SAND FIVE HUNDRED DOLLARS FOR EACH OFFENSE, AND EACH DAY DURING WHICH SUCH FAILURE CONTINUES SHALL BE DEEMED A SEPARATE OFFENSE. 4. THE FOLLOWING ARE EXEMPT FROM THE PROVISIONS OF THIS SECTION: (A) INSTITUTIONS ACCREDITED BY THE AMERICAN ZOO AND AQUARIUM ASSOCI- ATION,
(B) ANY WILDLIFE SANCTUARY AS DEFINED IN THIS SECTION. (C) NOT-FOR-PROFIT ENVIRONMENTAL EDUCATION PROGRAMS AS DEFINED UNDER THIS SECTION. 5. FOR PURPOSES OF THIS SECTION, THE FOLLOWING TERMS SHALL HAVE THE FOLLOWING MEANINGS: (A) "TRAVELING CIRCUS" MEANS A CLASS C LICENSEE THAT IS LICENSED UNDER THE ANIMAL WELFARE ACT (7 U.S.C. SECTION 2131 ET SEQ.) AND ITS SUBSE- QUENT AMENDMENTS, REGULATIONS, AND STANDARDS ADOPTED PURSUANT TO THE ANIMAL WELFARE ACT, THAT OFFERS PERFORMANCES BY LIVE ANIMALS, CLOWNS, AND/OR ACROBATS THAT TRAVEL IN MOBILE HOUSING FACILITIES. (B) "SHOW" MEANS ANY MOBILE OR STATIONARY ACT, CIRCUS, PUBLIC SHOW, TRADE SHOW, PHOTOGRAPHIC OPPORTUNITY, CARNIVAL, CITY OR COUNTY FAIR, AGRICULTURAL FAIR, RIDE, PARADE, RACE, PERFORMANCE, OR SIMILAR UNDERTAK- ING INCORPORATING WILD OR EXOTIC ANIMALS WHEREIN THE ANIMALS ARE TAKEN FROM THEIR PERMANENT RESIDENCE AND REQUIRED TO TRAVEL FOR ANY DISTANCE. (C) "PERSON" MEANS AN INDIVIDUAL, PARTNERSHIP, CORPORATION, JOINT VENTURE, ASSOCIATION, TRUST, ESTATE, OR ANY OTHER LEGAL ENTITY, AND ANY OFFICER, MEMBER, SHAREHOLDER, DIRECTOR, EMPLOYEE, AGENT, OR REPRESEN- TATIVE OF THESE. (D) "EXOTIC OR WILD ANIMALS" MEANS ANY OR ALL OF THE FOLLOWING OR THE FOLLOWING ORDERS AND FAMILIES, WHETHER BORN IN THE WILD OR IN CAPTIVITY, AND ALSO ANY OR ALL OF THEIR HYBRIDS WITH DOMESTIC SPECIES. THE ANIMALS LISTED ARE INTENDED TO ACT AS EXAMPLES AND ARE NOT TO BE CONSTRUED AS AN EXHAUSTIVE LIST OR LIMIT THE GENERALITY OF EACH GROUP OF ANIMALS, UNLESS OTHERWISE SPECIFIED: (I) NON-HUMAN PRIMATES AND PROSIMIANS, SUCH AS CHIMPANZEES, BABOONS AND MONKEYS; (II) FELIDAE, SUCH AS LIONS, TIGERS, COUGARS, LEOPARDS, OCELOTS AND SERVALS, BUT SHALL NOT INCLUDE DOMESTICATED ANIMALS; (III) CANIDAE, SUCH AS WOLVES AND COYOTES, BUT SHALL NOT INCLUDE DOMESTIC DOGS; (IV) URSIDAE, SUCH AS BEARS; (V) MARSUPIALIA, SUCH AS KANGAROOS; (VI) PROBOSCIDAE, SUCH AS ELEPHANTS; (VII) ARTIODACTYLA, SUCH AS GIRAFFES AND CAMELS, BUT SHALL NOT INCLUDE DOMESTIC CATTLE, SWINE, SHEEP, OR GOATS; (VIII) PERISSODACTYLA, SUCH AS ZEBRAS, BUT SHALL NOT INCLUDE DOMESTIC HORSES, DONKEYS, OR MULES. (E) "WILDLIFE SANCTUARY" MEANS A 501(C)(3) ORGANIZATION DESCRIBED IN SECTION 170(B)(1)(A)(VI) OF THE INTERNAL REVENUE CODE 1986, AND ITS SUBSEQUENT AMENDMENTS WHERE: (I) NO COMMERCIAL TRADE IN ANIMALS OCCURS, INCLUDING, BUT NOT LIMITED TO, SALE OF ANIMALS, ANIMAL PARTS, BY-PRODUCTS, OFFSPRING, PHOTOGRAPHIC OPPORTUNITIES OR PUBLIC EVENTS FOR FINANCIAL PROFIT, OR ANY OTHER ENTER- TAINMENT PURPOSES; (II) NO PROPAGATION OF ANIMALS OCCURS IN THE FACILITY; AND (III) NO ESCORTED PUBLIC VISITATION IS ALLOWED; NO DIRECT CONTACT BETWEEN THE PUBLIC AND WILD ANIMALS IS ALLOWED; ANIMALS ARE NOT TAKEN FROM THE SANCTUARY OR ENCLOSURES FOR EXHIBITION. (F) "DOMESTICATED ANIMAL" MEANS ANY DOMESTICATED SHEEP, HORSE, CATTLE, FALLOW DEER, RED DEER, SIKA DEER, WHITETAIL DEER WHICH IS RAISED UNDER LICENSE FROM THE DEPARTMENT OF ENVIRONMENTAL CONSERVATION, LLAMA, GOAT, SWINE, FOWL, DUCK, GOOSE, SWAN, TURKEY, CONFINED DOMESTIC HARE OR RABBIT, PHEASANT OR OTHER BIRD WHICH IS RAISED IN CONFINEMENT UNDER LICENSE FROM THE DEPARTMENT OF ENVIRONMENTAL CONSERVATION BEFORE RELEASE FROM CAPTIVITY, EXCEPT THAT THE VARIETIES OF FOWL COMMONLY USED FOR COCK
FIGHTS SHALL NOT BE CONSIDERED DOMESTIC ANIMALS FOR THE PURPOSES OF THIS SECTION. (G) "ENVIRONMENTAL EDUCATION PROGRAM" MEANS ANIMAL USE OR EXHIBITION THAT IS DEVOTED TO IMPARTING KNOWLEDGE OR INFORMATION ABOUT THE EXHIB- ITED ANIMAL'S BEHAVIOR, HABITAT, LIFE CYCLE, MIGRATORY PATTERNS, FEEDING HABITS OR SIMILAR PEDAGOGICAL INFORMATION AND IS CONDUCTED BY AN INDI- VIDUAL OR INDIVIDUALS WHO IS/ARE ACCREDITED OR SIMILARLY QUALIFIED TO IMPART SUCH INFORMATION. AT NO TIME DURING AN EDUCATIONAL EXHIBITION WILL ANY ANIMAL BE MADE TO PERFORM ANY BEHAVIOR THAT IS NOT INTRIN- SICALLY NATURAL TO THE ANIMAL. S 4. This act shall take effect one year after it shall have become a law. Effective immediately, the addition, amendment and/or repeal of any rule or regulation necessary for the implementation of this act on its effective date is authorized to be made on or before such date.

Comments

Open Legislation comments facilitate discussion of New York State legislation. All comments are subject to moderation. Comments deemed off-topic, commercial, campaign-related, self-promotional; or that contain profanity or hate speech; or that link to sites outside of the nysenate.gov domain are not permitted, and will not be published. Comment moderation is generally performed Monday through Friday.

By contributing or voting you agree to the Terms of Participation and verify you are over 13.

Discuss!

blog comments powered by Disqus