New York Legislation
Born Free USA position: Support
Update: Referred to Codes Committee 4/23/13
Bill description: This bill would extend New York’s felony animal cruelty statute to protect wildlife in addition to domestic animals. This important legislation would amend Section 353-a (commonly known as “Buster’s Law”) by increasing the penalty for aggravated cruelty to wildlife, defined as the intentional killing or injuring of wildlife through acts intended to cause harm or performed in a particularly sadistic, depraved manner. The first offense will remain a misdemeanor, but the second offense will become a felony. This bill will not affect regular hunting or agricultural practices.