BILL NO A03661
SAME AS SAME AS S04074
SPONSOR Glick (MS)
COSPNSR Cook, Galef, Weinstein, Rosenthal, Weprin, Lifton
Amd SS11-0901 & 71-0921, En Con L
Provides that it shall be unlawful for any person to organize, conduct, promote
or participate in any contest or competition where the objective of such
contest or competition is to take the greatest number of wildlife.
TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the environmental conservation law, in
relation to making contests and competitions to take wildlife unlawful
PURPOSE OR GENERAL IDEA OF BILL: This bill will ensure it is illegal for
any person to become involved with wildlife killing competitions.
SUMMARY OF SPECIFIC PROVISIONS: If wildlife should become injured during
the course of a wildlife killing competition they shall be subject to
treatment or humane euthanasia. The remains of wildlife killed shall be
forfeited and shall become the property of the department. Each attempt
to partake or sponsor any competition to take wildlife shall be punisha-
ble by imprisonment or the person shall be subject to a fine or both.
This Bill would exempt fishing contests and the New York Big Buck
contest. It contains provisions that would prohibit the killing of
animals in unlimited numbers.
JUSTIFICATION: Animal killing competitions can generally be described as
contests where the person or team who has killed the most animals is
crowned the winner. Many of these contests are sponsored by bars and the
killing of animals is generally regarded as "good fun" in a party-like
atmosphere. These events are considered by the average hunter as cruel
slaughters, not hunting. An example of these events is seen through the
weekly crow shoots in the City of Auburn. Residents are greatly
concerned that such events will tarnish the image of the city.
PRIOR LEGISLATIVE HISTORY: 2003: Referred to Environmental Conserva-
tion. 2004 Reported referred to Codes.2005: A.1822 Reported referred to
Codes. 2006: A.1822 Referred to Environmental Conservation. 2008:
A2614 Reported from Environmental Conservation and referred to Codes.
2009-10: referred to Environmental Conservation, referred to Codes.
2011-2012: A3509 Referred to Environmental Conservation
FISCAL IMPLICATIONS: None.
EFFECTIVE DATE: This act shall take effect on the first of November next
succeeding the date on which it shall have become law. Provided, howev-
er, that the amendments to subdivisions 15 and 17 of section 11-901 of
the Environmental Conservation law made by section one of this act shall
not affect the expiration and reversion of such subdivision 15 and the
expiration and repeal of such subdivision 17 and shall be deemed to
S T A T E O F N E W Y O R K
2013-2014 Regular Sessions
I N A S S E M B L Y
January 28, 2013
Introduced by M. of A. GLICK, COOK, GALEF, WEINSTEIN, ROSENTHAL --
Multi-Sponsored by -- M. of A. COLTON -- read once and referred to
the Committee on Environmental Conservation
AN ACT to amend the environmental conservation law, in relation to
making contests and competitions to take wildlife unlawful
THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM-
BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS:
1 Section 1. Subdivisions 14, 15, and 16 of section 11-0901 of the envi-
2 ronmental conservation law, subdivision 14 as renumbered by chapter 486
3 of the laws of 1985, are renumbered subdivisions 15, 16, and 17 and a
4 new subdivision 14 is added to read as follows:
5 14. IT SHALL BE UNLAWFUL FOR ANY PERSON TO ORGANIZE, CONDUCT, PROMOTE
6 OR PARTICIPATE IN ANY CONTEST OR COMPETITION WHERE THE OBJECTIVE OF SUCH
7 CONTEST OR COMPETITION IS TO TAKE THE GREATEST NUMBER OF WILDLIFE. ANY
8 WILDLIFE INJURED DURING THE COURSE OF A CONTEST OR COMPETITION CONDUCTED
9 IN VIOLATION OF THIS SUBDIVISION SHALL BE TRANSPORTED TO A LICENSED
10 WILDLIFE REHABILITATOR OR VETERINARIAN FOR TREATMENT OR HUMANE EUTHANA-
11 SIA. THE REMAINS OF ANY WILDLIFE KILLED DURING THE COURSE OF A CONTEST
12 OR COMPETITION CONDUCTED IN VIOLATION OF THIS SUBDIVISION SHALL BE
13 FORFEITED BY EVERY ORGANIZER, PROMOTER, PARTICIPANT OR ANY OTHER PERSON
14 CONDUCTING OR INVOLVED IN SUCH CONTEST OR COMPETITION, AND THE REMAINS
15 OF SUCH WILDLIFE SHALL BECOME THE PROPERTY OF THE DEPARTMENT.
16 S 2. Section 71-0921 of the environmental conservation law is amended
17 by adding a new subdivision 10-a to read as follows:
18 10-A. VIOLATIONS OF SUBDIVISION FOURTEEN OF SECTION 11-0901 OF THIS
19 CHAPTER INVOLVING UNLAWFUL CONTESTS AND COMPETITIONS TO TAKE WILDLIFE.
20 EACH SUCH MISDEMEANOR SHALL BE PUNISHABLE BY IMPRISONMENT FOR NOT MORE
21 THAN ONE YEAR OR BY A FINE OF NOT LESS THAN FIVE HUNDRED DOLLARS NOR
22 MORE THAN TWO THOUSAND DOLLARS, OR BY BOTH SUCH IMPRISONMENT AND FINE.
23 S 3. This act shall take effect on the first of November next succeed-
24 ing the date on which it shall have become a law.
EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
[ ] is old law to be omitted.