Criminalizes knowingly causing a minor to attend a place where exhibition of animal fighting is being conducted.
Ayes (59): Addabbo, Avella, Ball, Bonacic, Boyle, Breslin, Carlucci, DeFrancisco, Diaz, Dilan, Farley, Felder, Flanagan, Gallivan, Gianaris, Gipson, Griffo, Grisanti, Hannon, Hassell-Thomps, Hoylman, Kennedy, Klein, Krueger, Lanza, Larkin, Latimer, LaValle, Libous, Little, Marcellino, Marchione, Martins, Maziarz, Montgomery, Nozzolio, O'Brien, O'Mara, Parker, Peralta, Perkins, Ranzenhofer, Ritchie, Rivera, Robach, Sampson, Sanders, Savino, Serrano, Seward, Skelos, Smith, Squadron, Stavisky, Stewart-Cousins, Tkaczyk, Valesky, Young, Zeldin
Excused (2): Espaillat, Golden
TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the agriculture and markets law, in relation to the prohibition of animal fighting
PURPOSE: This bill would criminalize knowingly causing a minor to attend an exhibition of animal fighting.
Section 1 amends Subdivision 4 of Section 351 of the Agriculture and Markets Law, by adding a new paragraph (c) that includes causing a minor to attend an exhibition of animal fighting.
Section 2 provides the effective date.
JUSTIFICATION: Our state should recognize the extremely harmful impact on children who witness animal fighting. A growing body of research indicates that cruelty to animals done in the presence of children can damage their emotional development. Such children are more likely to become abusive, anti-social, less empathetic, and desensitized
LEGISLATIVE HISTORY: New bill.
FISCAL IMPLICATIONS: None.
EFFECTIVE DATE: This act shall take effect immediately.
STATE OF NEW YORK ________________________________________________________________________ 7775 IN SENATE June 6, 2014 ___________Introduced by Sen. RITCHIE -- read twice and ordered printed, and when printed to be committed to the Committee on Agriculture AN ACT to amend the agriculture and markets law, in relation to the prohibition of animal fighting THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM- BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS: Section 1. Subdivision 4 of section 351 of the agriculture and markets law, as added by chapter 150 of the laws of 1984, is amended to read as follows: 4. (a) Any person who engages in conduct specified in paragraph (b) OR (C) hereof is guilty of a misdemeanor and is punishable by imprisonment for a period not to exceed one year, or by a fine not to exceed one thousand dollars, or by both such fine and imprisonment. (b) The knowing presence as a spectator having paid an admission fee or having made a wager at any place where an exhibition of animal fight- ing is being conducted; OR (C) KNOWINGLY CAUSES A MINOR TO ATTEND AN EXHIBITION OF ANIMAL FIGHT- ING. THE TERM "MINOR" MEANS A PERSON UNDER THE AGE OF SIXTEEN YEARS OLD. S 2. This act shall take effect immediately.EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets [ ] is old law to be omitted. LBD14311-04-4