NANFA-- possible NY legislation to criminalize wild pet trade

Jay DeLong (
Mon, 09 Jul 2001 22:25:14 -0700

The Issue.
ASPCA-sponsored legislation that appeared unlikely to move this session has
now been placed on the fast track and may be adopted in a matter of days.
These bills (7375 in the Assembly and 4755 in the Senate) ostensibly ban
possession and trade of "wild' animals. However, the legislative definition
is so broad and so ambiguous that it could include all amphibians and
reptiles, all birds, all fish and other aquatics, and numerous other
species commonly kept as pets!
The Impact.
AB 7375/SB 4755 provide that "no person shall possess, harbor, sell,
barter, transfer, exchange or import any wild animal for use as a pet in
New York State.' Wild animals are defined for purposes of this prohibition
as "any live animal that is wild by nature, whether bred in the wild or in
captivity and whether or not native to New York State.'


Jay DeLong
Olympia, WA
"If the biota, in the course of aeons, has built something we like but do 
not understand, then who but a fool would discard seemingly useless parts? 
To keep every cog and wheel is the first precaution of intelligent tinkering."
  -- Aldo Leopold (1953) 

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