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S05172 Summary:

BILL NO    S05172 

SAME AS    No same as 

SPONSOR    RITCHIE

COSPNSR    ADAMS, YOUNG

MLTSPNSR   

Add S378-a, Ag & Mkts L

Relates to the unlawful tampering of farm animals.
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S05172 Text:

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

                                         5172

                              2011-2012 Regular Sessions

                                   I N  S E N A T E

                                      May 3, 2011
                                      ___________

       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 unlawful
         tampering with farm 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 378-a to read as follows:
    3    S 378-A. UNLAWFUL TAMPERING WITH FARM ANIMALS. 1.  DEFINITIONS.    FOR
    4  THE PURPOSES OF THIS SECTION, THE FOLLOWING TERMS SHALL HAVE THE FOLLOW-
    5  ING MEANINGS:
    6    (A) "FARM ANIMAL" MEANS ANY WARM OR COLD BLOODED ANIMAL WHICH IS BEING
    7  USED IN THE PRODUCTION OF FOOD OR FIBER FOR AGRICULTURAL PURPOSES.
    8    (B)  "FARM"  MEANS ANY BUILDING, STRUCTURE, VEHICLE, PASTURE, PADDOCK,
    9  POND, IMPOUNDMENT AREA, LAND OR PROPERTY UPON  WHICH  FARM  ANIMALS  ARE
   10  HOUSED, CARED FOR, GRAZED OR BRED.
   11    (C)  "RELEASE"  MEANS TO INTENTIONALLY SET FREE FROM ANY FARM ANY FARM
   12  ANIMAL WITHOUT ANY RIGHT, TITLE, OR CLAIM THERETO.
   13    (D) "PERSON" MEANS ANY INDIVIDUAL,  FIRM,  ORGANIZATION,  PARTNERSHIP,
   14  ASSOCIATION OR CORPORATION, INCLUDING EMPLOYEES OF THE FARM.
   15    (E)  "NOTICE"  MEANS  TO  PROVIDE  INFORMATION AND DISCLOSURE, THROUGH
   16  POSTING AT A CENTRALIZED LOCATION ON THE FARM, THROUGH NOTICE IN WRITING
   17  OR ORALLY TO THE PERSON, OR PROMINENTLY  POSTING  SUCH  NOTICE  UPON  OR
   18  IMMEDIATELY ADJACENT TO THE ENTRY TO THE FARM.
   19    (F)  "UNLAWFUL TAMPERING" MEANS ANY INTERFERENCE WITH A FARM ANIMAL OR
   20  FARM THROUGH THE INJECTION OF ANY UNAUTHORIZED SUBSTANCE, THE RELEASE OF
   21  A FARM ANIMAL, THE UNAUTHORIZED FEEDING  OR  UNAUTHORIZED  VIDEO,  AUDIO
   22  RECORDING OR PHOTOGRAPHY DONE WITHOUT THE FARM OWNER'S WRITTEN CONSENT.
   23    2. ANY PERSON WHO, AFTER NOTICE HAS BEEN GIVEN THAT THE FARM PROHIBITS
   24  UNLAWFUL  TAMPERING,  KNOWINGLY  OR INTENTIONALLY DOES SUCH IS GUILTY OF
   25  UNLAWFUL TAMPERING WITH A FARM ANIMAL, A  MISDEMEANOR  PUNISHABLE  BY  A

        EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                             [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                                  LBD11282-01-1
       S. 5172                             2

    1  TERM  OF IMPRISONMENT FOR UP TO ONE YEAR OR A FINE OF UP TO ONE THOUSAND
    2  DOLLARS.
    3    3.  ANY  PERSON  WHO  VIOLATES  ANY PROVISION OF THIS SECTION SHALL BE
    4  LIABLE IN ANY COURT OF COMPETENT JURISDICTION,  INCLUDING  SMALL  CLAIMS
    5  COURT,  IN  AN AMOUNT EQUAL TO THE DAMAGES SUSTAINED AS A RESULT OF SUCH
    6  VIOLATION, INCLUDING ATTORNEY'S FEES AND COSTS, VETERINARIAN'S FEES  AND
    7  COSTS,  AND THE COST OF PURCHASING A REPLACEMENT FARM ANIMAL IF APPLICA-
    8  BLE.
    9    S 2. This act shall take effect immediately.
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