Assemblymember Glick Leads the Way on Banning Feral Pigs in New York State

June 8, 2013

Assemblymember Glick proudly announces the passage of her bill A3767-A, legislation that would prohibit the possession, sale, trade and transportation of Eurasian boar, commonly known as feral pigs. These animals are an invasive species that have already begun to severely damage native plants and wildlife, livestock, agriculture, and public health. Eurasian swine are bred and transported for use at hunting preserves, however the aggressive animals are difficult to contain and have begun escaping enclosed areas, and are multiplying in the wild.

“For several years, this environmental and public health concern has been growing. I am thrilled that my efforts to sound the alarm have resulted in passage of this critical legislation,” asserted Assemblymember Deborah Glick.

Feral pigs have razor sharp tusks and grow to be over 400 pounds, making them a danger to humans and their pets. They consume agricultural crops and prey on domestic livestock. Additionally, Eurasian swine threaten water quality and can carry and transmit a variety of serious diseases. The numerous adverse effects to public health and safety, when added to the difficulty of containing Eurasian boars, make this species a public nuisance. This legislation protects against potential devastation by banning the importation, possession, sale, or release of Eurasian Boar in New York State.

With its passage in the Senate, the bill now awaits the Governor’s signature to permanently control this destructive and dangerous species.