BILL NO A00739D
SAME AS SAME AS S06769-C
SPONSOR Rosenthal (MS)
COSPNSR Moya, Colton, Englebright, McDonough, Tedisco, Tenney, Mosley,
Brook-Krasny, Titone, Cusick, Malliotakis, Weprin
MLTSPNSR Galef, Glick, Gottfried, Perry
Add S353-f, Ag & Mkts L
Prohibits companion animal piercing and tattooing except when done in
conjunction with a medical procedure for the benefit of a companion animal.
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 9, 2013
Introduced by M. of A. ROSENTHAL, MOYA, COLTON, ENGLEBRIGHT, McDONOUGH,
TEDISCO, TENNEY, MOSLEY, BROOK-KRASNY, TITONE, CUSICK, MALLIOTAKIS --
Multi-Sponsored by -- M. of A. GALEF, GLICK, GOTTFRIED, PERRY -- read
once and referred to the Committee on Agriculture -- committee
discharged, bill amended, ordered reprinted as amended and recommitted
to said committee -- recommitted to the Committee on Agriculture in
accordance with Assembly Rule 3, sec. 2 -- committee discharged, bill
amended, ordered reprinted as amended and recommitted to said commit-
tee -- again reported from said committee with amendments, ordered
reprinted as amended and recommitted to said committee -- reported and
referred to the Committee on Codes -- reported and referred to the
Committee on Rules -- committee discharged, bill amended, ordered
reprinted as amended and recommitted to said committee
AN ACT to amend the agriculture and markets law, in relation to prohib-
iting piercing and tattooing of companion animals
THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM-
BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS:
1 Section 1. The agriculture and markets law is amended by adding a new
2 section 353-f to read as follows:
3 S 353-F. COMPANION ANIMAL PIERCING AND TATTOOING PROHIBITED. 1. NO
4 PERSON SHALL PIERCE OR CAUSE TO HAVE PIERCED A COMPANION ANIMAL UNLESS
5 SUCH PIERCING PROVIDES A MEDICAL BENEFIT TO THE COMPANION ANIMAL. SUCH
6 PIERCING SHALL BE PERFORMED BY A LICENSED VETERINARIAN OR UNDER THE
7 SUPERVISION OF A LICENSED VETERINARIAN. NOTHING IN THIS SECTION SHALL BE
8 CONSTRUED TO APPLY TO EAR TAGS ON RABBITS AND CAVIES.
9 2. NO PERSON SHALL TATTOO OR CAUSE TO HAVE TATTOOED A COMPANION ANIMAL
10 UNLESS SUCH TATTOO:
11 (A) IS DONE IN CONJUNCTION WITH A MEDICAL PROCEDURE FOR THE BENEFIT OF
12 THE COMPANION ANIMAL AND TO INDICATE THAT SUCH MEDICAL PROCEDURE HAS
13 BEEN DONE, PROVIDED THAT SUCH TATTOO IS NOT FOR DESIGN PURPOSES; OR
EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
[ ] is old law to be omitted.
A. 739--D 2
1 (B) IS DONE FOR THE PURPOSE OF IDENTIFICATION OF THE COMPANION ANIMAL
2 AND NOT FOR DESIGN PURPOSES, AND SUCH TATTOO INCLUDES ONLY SUCH NUMBERS
3 AND/OR LETTERS ALLOTTED BY A CORPORATION THAT, IN THE REGULAR COURSE OF
4 ITS BUSINESS, MAINTAINS AN ANIMAL TATTOO IDENTIFICATION REGISTRY.
5 3. FOR THE PURPOSES OF THIS SECTION, "TATTOO" SHALL MEAN A MARK ON
6 THE BODY MADE WITH INDELIBLE INK OR PIGMENTS INJECTED BENEATH THE OUTER
7 LAYER OF THE SKIN.
8 4. TATTOOING DONE IN CONJUNCTION WITH A MEDICAL PROCEDURE FOR THE
9 BENEFIT OF A COMPANION ANIMAL THAT INDICATES THAT SUCH MEDICAL PROCEDURE
10 HAS BEEN DONE SHALL BE PERFORMED BY A LICENSED VETERINARIAN OR UNDER THE
11 SUPERVISION OF A LICENSED VETERINARIAN.
12 5. ANY PERSON WHO KNOWINGLY VIOLATES THE PROVISIONS OF THIS SECTION
13 SHALL BE GUILTY OF A VIOLATION PUNISHABLE PURSUANT TO THE PENAL LAW.
14 S 2. This act shall take effect on the one hundred twentieth day after
15 it shall have become a law.