A01076 Summary:

BILL NO    A01076 

SAME AS    No same as 

SPONSOR    Rosenthal (MS)

COSPNSR    Lavine, Millman, Benedetto, Schimel, Weisenberg, Dinowitz, Kavanagh,
           Englebright, Ortiz, Skoufis

MLTSPNSR   Colton, Cymbrowitz, Glick, Gottfried, Hevesi, Lifton, Paulin,
           Robinson, Saladino, Sweeney, Thiele, Titone

Amd S368, Ag & Mkts L

Prohibits tail docking of cattle.
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A01076 Actions:

BILL NO    A01076 

01/09/2013 referred to agriculture
01/08/2014 referred to agriculture
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A01076 Votes:

There are no votes for this bill in this legislative session.
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A01076 Memo:

BILL NUMBER:A1076

TITLE OF BILL:  An act to amend the agriculture and markets law, in
relation to prohibiting tail docking of cattle

PURPOSE OR GENERAL IDEA OF BILL: The purpose of this legislation is to
prohibit tail docking of cattle.

SUMMARY OF SPECIFIC PROVISIONS: The bill will amend section heading
and subdivision 1 of section 368 of the agriculture and markets law,
as added by chapter 1047 of the laws of 1965.

JUSTIFICATION: Although originally practiced as a method for
controlling disease in cattle herds, the epidemiological benefits of
tail docking have been thoroughly debunked. Tail docking has been
proven to inflict physiological stress and chronic pain in cattle. It
can also increase their chances of contracting tetanus and gangrene
and limits their ability to use their tails to swat away flies. Tail
docking is already illegal in equine herds and this cruel practice
should be banned in cattle populations as well.

PRIOR LEGISLATIVE HISTORY:

A.1893 of 2011-2012
A.9732 of 2009-2010

FISCAL IMPLICATIONS: None.

EFFECTIVE DATE: This act shall take effect immediately.
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A01076 Text:

                           S T A T E   O F   N E W   Y O R K
       ________________________________________________________________________

                                         1076

                              2013-2014 Regular Sessions

                                 I N  A S S E M B L Y

                                      (PREFILED)

                                    January 9, 2013
                                      ___________

       Introduced  by  M. of A. ROSENTHAL, LAVINE, MILLMAN, BENEDETTO, SCHIMEL,
         MAISEL, CASTRO, WEISENBERG, DINOWITZ, KAVANAGH, ENGLEBRIGHT, ORTIZ  --
         Multi-Sponsored  by -- M.  of A. COLTON, CYMBROWITZ, GLICK, GOTTFRIED,
         HEVESI, LIFTON, PAULIN, ROBINSON, SALADINO, SWEENEY, THIELE, TITONE --
         read once and referred to the Committee on Agriculture

       AN ACT to amend the agriculture and markets law, in relation to  prohib-
         iting tail docking of cattle

         THE  PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM-
       BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS:

    1    Section 1. The section heading and subdivision 1 of section 368 of the
    2  agriculture and markets law, as added by chapter 1047  of  the  laws  of
    3  1965, are amended to read as follows:
    4    Operating  upon tails of horses AND CATTLE unlawful. 1. Any person who
    5  cuts the bone, tissues, muscles or tendons of the  tail  of  any  horse,
    6  mare  [or],  gelding[,]  OR CATTLE, or otherwise operates upon it in any
    7  manner for the purpose or with the effect of docking, setting, or other-
    8  wise altering the natural carriage of the tail, or who knowingly permits
    9  the same to be done upon premises of which  he  is  the  owner,  lessee,
   10  proprietor  or user, or who assists in or is voluntarily present at such
   11  cutting, is guilty of a misdemeanor, punishable by imprisonment for  not
   12  more  than  one year, or by a fine of not more than five hundred dollars
   13  or by both. If a horse OR A COW is found with the bone, tissues, muscles
   14  or tendons of its tail cut as aforesaid and  with  the  wound  resulting
   15  therefrom  unhealed,  upon  the premises or in the charge and custody of
   16  any person, such fact shall be prima facie evidence of  a  violation  of
   17  this  section by the owner or user of such premises or the person having
   18  such charge or custody, respectively.
   19    S 2. This act shall take effect immediately.

        EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                             [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                                  LBD04419-01-3
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