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2011 New York A 1725. Downed Animal

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Citation: 2011 New York A 1725



Date Introduced: 1/11/2011

Date of Last Action: 1/11/2011

Last Checked by Web Center Staff: 07/2011



Summary:   This 2011 New York bill concerns downed animals, which are cattle that are unable to stand or walk without assistance. The proposed law creates minimum standards for the care of downed animals, such as requiring that downed animals be either immediately and humanely euthanized, or that they be taken for immediate veterinary assistance. Downed cattle are not to be used for human consumption under this proposed law.


Bill in Full:
S T A T E   O F   N E W   Y O R K
       ________________________________________________________________________

                                         1725

                              2011-2012 Regular Sessions

                                 I N  A S S E M B L Y

                                   January 11, 2011
                                      ___________

       Introduced by M. of A. ROSENTHAL -- Multi-Sponsored by -- M. of A. PHEF-
         FER -- read once and referred to the Committee on Agriculture

       AN  ACT  to amend the agriculture and markets law, in relation to downed
         animals

         THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND  ASSEM-
       BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS:

    1    Section  1. Section 96-g of the agriculture and markets law is amended
    2  by adding a new subdivision 18 to read as follows:
    3    18. "DOWNED ANIMAL" MEANS ANY LIVE SPECIES OF CATTLE THAT IS UNABLE TO
    4  STAND AND WALK UNASSISTED.
    5    S 2. The agriculture and markets  law  is  amended  by  adding  a  new
    6  section 96-k to read as follows:
    7    S  96-K.  DOWNED  ANIMALS.  1.  NO  SLAUGHTERHOUSE, STOCKYARD, AUCTION
    8  MARKET AGENCY, OR DEALER SHALL BUY, SELL, OR RECEIVE A DOWNED ANIMAL  OR
    9  PRODUCTS OF DOWNED ANIMALS FOR HUMAN CONSUMPTION.
   10    2.  NO  SLAUGHTERHOUSE,  STOCKYARD,  AUCTION  MARKET AGENCY, OR DEALER
   11  SHALL HOLD A DOWNED ANIMAL WITHOUT TAKING IMMEDIATE ACTION  TO  HUMANELY
   12  EUTHANIZE  THE  ANIMAL,  OR  HUMANELY  REMOVE  THE ANIMAL FOR VETERINARY
   13  TREATMENT.
   14    3. WHILE IN TRANSIT OR ON THE PREMISES OF A SLAUGHTERHOUSE, STOCKYARD,
   15  AUCTION MARKET AGENCY, OR DEALER, A DOWNED ANIMAL SHALL NOT  BE  DRAGGED
   16  AT  ANY  TIME,  OR PUSHED WITH EQUIPMENT AT ANY TIME, BUT SHALL BE MOVED
   17  WITH A SLING OR ON A STONEBOAT OR BY OTHER SLED-LIKE OR WHEELED  CONVEY-
   18  ANCE.
   19    4.  AS USED IN THIS SECTION (A) "HUMANELY EUTHANIZED" MEANS TO KILL BY
   20  A MECHANICAL, CHEMICAL, OR ELECTRICAL METHOD  THAT  RAPIDLY  AND  EFFEC-
   21  TIVELY RENDERS THE ANIMAL INSENSITIVE TO PAIN; AND (B) "HUMANELY REMOVE"
   22  MEANS  MOVING A DOWNED ANIMAL WITH A SLING OR ON A STONEBOAT OR BY OTHER
   23  SLED-LIKE OR WHEELED CONVEYANCE.
   24    5. A VIOLATION OF THIS SECTION SHALL BE A MISDEMEANOR  AS  DEFINED  IN
   25  SUBDIVISION FOUR OF SECTION 10.00 OF THE PENAL LAW.
   26    S  3.  This  act shall take effect on the ninetieth day after it shall
   27  have become a law.

        EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                             [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                                  LBD01777-01-1


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