STATE OF NEW YORK
2019-2020 Regular Sessions
January 30, 2019
Introduced by M. of A. ENGLEBRIGHT, L. ROSENTHAL, GLICK, COLTON, D'URSO
-- read once and referred to the Committee on Environmental Conserva-
AN ACT to amend the environmental conservation law, in relation to
prohibiting the issuance of permits authorizing the use of wild
animals in circuses
The People of the State of New York, represented in Senate and Assem-bly, do enact as follows:
1 Section 1. The environmental conservation law is amended by adding a
2 new section 11-0541 to read as follows:
3 § 11-0541. Prohibition on the issuance of permits authorizing the use of
4 wild animals in circuses.
5 1. The department shall not issue a permit or license, including, but
6 not limited to, an education or exhibition permit or an endangered or
7 threatened species license, authorizing the exhibition of a wild animal
8 in a circus, notwithstanding a valid United States department of agri-
9 culture license.
10 2. Such a prohibition shall not apply to:
11 a. an accredited zoo accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquari-
13 b. a wildlife sanctuary.
14 § 2. This act shall take effect December 31, 2020.
EXPLANATION--Matter in italics (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
 is old law to be omitted.