New York Senate to Advance Bills to Combat Animal Cruelty


New York state senators were due to introduce a set of laws on Tuesday to ban animal abuse and neglect and increase penalties for their mistreatment.

The seven bills include:

  • Prohibition of manufacturing and selling cosmetics tested on animals: This bill, S.4839B, sponsored by Senator Alessandra Biaggi, prohibits the sale of cosmetics tested on animals. The sale or manufacture of such products will be subject to a fine of up to $5,000 at most for the first violation, and no more than $1,000 per day if the violation continues.

  • Clarifies aggravated cruelty to animals: This bill, S.960, sponsored by Sen. Liz Krueger, removes the word “severe” from the “serious bodily harm” language of the crime of aggravated animal cruelty, to ensure appropriate penalties when a person has the intent to cause extreme physical pain. to an animal, even if the animal makes a full recovery.

  • Inspections of abandoned animal properties: This bill, S.4081A, sponsored by Senator Michelle Hinchey, will require owners of vacated properties to inspect the property for abandoned animals within three days if they knew or should have known the property had been vacated.

  • Ban on selling puppy mills: This bill, S.1130, sponsored by Deputy Senate Leader Michael Gianaris, bans the sale of dogs, cats and rabbits by retail pet stores, creating a barrier against the puppy mill supply chain and encouraging pet stores to partner with local animal shelters to feature animals available for adoption.

  • Insurance Discrimination Dog Breed: This bill, S.8315A, sponsored by Senator Gianaris, prohibits insurance companies from excluding, limiting, restricting, or reducing coverage from a homeowners insurance policy based on race. of dog they own.

  • Information on veterinary medicinal products: This bill, S.1289-B, sponsored by Senator John Brooks, requires veterinarians to provide certain information to pet owners regarding medications administered to an animal. This information includes the name and description of the medicine, directions for use, what to do if you miss a dose, instructions for proper storage, any reasonably expected common side effects associated with the use of this medication and the manufacturer’s precautions. and the corresponding warnings.

  • Law on the five major African trophies: This bill, S.2814, sponsored by Senator Luis Sepulveda, prohibits the import, transport and possession of certain African wildlife species and products. The five species include lions, leopards, elephants, black and white rhinos, and giraffes. All five species are threatened with extinction due to illegal poaching and trade.

“Our pets are like family to many of us, but sadly, there remain bad actors who abuse and abandon animals in harsh conditions,” Senate Majority Leader Andrea Stewart said Tuesday. Cousins. “As Senate Majority Leader, I have emphasized the importance of animal welfare and how it reflects who we are as a society. This comprehensive package is needed to address abuse, neglect and abuse of domestic animals. These bills also promote the care and consideration that animals deserve. I commend the sponsors of the bill and we will continue to pass common sense laws to protect our animal friends from harm.”

The bill requiring veterinarians to provide information to pet owners about medications given to their pet passed the Assembly last week. The measure prohibiting the manufacture and sale of products tested on animals should be voted on in the Assembly in the coming days.

Gianaris’ bill to ban the sale of dogs, cats or rabbits in retail pet stores sits on the House Codes Committee. The Assembly’s counterpart to its bill to prevent insurance companies from excluding or restricting coverage based on the breed of dog an owner has passed the lower house on March 30.

“With so many good animals to save, there’s no need for animal-abusing puppy mills to supply pet stores,” said Gianaris, a Democrat from Queens. “Our four-legged friends should be treated with respect, not like commodities. . I am pleased that this important proposal continues to build momentum in the Legislative Assembly.

The measure to clarify the language to charge someone with aggravated animal cruelty remains with the Assembly’s Agriculture Committee. The Big Five African Trophies Act has sat on the Assembly’s Environmental Conservation Committee since January 6.

Hinchey’s bill requiring landlords to inspect vacated properties for abandoned animals within three days has not been reintroduced in the Assembly since it died in the House after the last session.


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