Ask the New York Assembly Agriculture Committee not to advance A.4611

A.4611 would prohibit the shipment of all live animals into, within, and from the state of New York

What You Can Do:

Please contact the Assembly Agriculture Committee members immediately, asking them to OPPOSE A.4611, which would prohibit the shipment of all live animals into, within, and from the state of New York via all mail or package carriers, including U.S. Postal Service and overnight carriers such as FedEx and UPS.

  1. Send emails to the committee NOW opposing A.4611.
     
  2. Contact EVERYONE you know in New York or in the pet care community and urge them to send emails to these legislators. The more that lawmakers realize how many people oppose this bad bill, and why, the better chance we have to make sure it is stopped in its tracks.

What It Means:

This bill would prohibit the shipment of all live animals - mammals, birds, reptiles or amphibians - into, within, and from the state of New York via U.S. Postal Service or any mail carrier. This includes commonly used overnight carriers such as FedEx or UPS (for verified shippers). Under this legislation, it would be a considered a violation for any person, firm, partnership or corporation to mail or offer for mailing a live animal. “Mailing or offered for mailing” is defined as when any person, firm, partnership or corporation places such a live animal and applicable postage or shipping fee in the possession of the USPS or other mail carrier.

A violation of this legislation would carry a fine of up to $1,000 per separate violation with respect to each animal mailed or offered for mailing. Not only would this bill devastate the pet trade, it would also severely limit pet owners’ ability to obtain companion animals.

The bill’s sponsor, Assemblywoman Rosenthal, is a member of the Assembly Agriculture Committee, where the bill has been assigned. The Assembly Agriculture Committee members must be made aware of the negative impact this legislation would have, and they need to be informed of the many shipping safeguards, regulations and restrictions that are already in place to protect animals.

What A.4611 Says:

Section 1. The agriculture and markets law is amended by adding a new section 382 to read as follows:

§ 382. Prohibition of the shipping of live animals by postal mail.

1 It shall be unlawful for any person, firm, partnership or corporation to mail or offer for mailing a live animal by postal mail into or within the state of New York or from the state of New York to points outside the state of New York.  As used in this section, "live animal" shall mean any mammal, bird, reptile, or amphibian. "Postal mail" shall mean mail that is processed and delivered by the United States postal service or other mail carrier.  A person, firm, partnership or corporation shall be considered to have mailed or offered for mailing a live animal in violation of this section when such person, firm, partnership or corporation causes such live animal and applicable postage or shipping fee to be physically placed in the possession of the United States postal service or other mail carrier.

2.  A violation of this section shall be punishable by a civil penalty not to exceed one thousand dollars.  Each such violation shall be deemed a separate violation with respect to each animal mailed or  offered  for mailing.

§ 2. This act shall take effect immediately.

 

Enter your zip code and click "Check Zip Code" to continue

Check Zip Code