This just in from Barry & Gayle Schwartz of
Feathered Friends Parrot Adoption Services, Inc.:
Friends, here it is, introduced yesterday, May 17th, in Albany, the Monk Parakeet Protection Act. Totally revised from last year’s bill (S4131), now a separate proposed Act within the suite of Environmental Conservation Laws. It still helps to write to State Sen. Antoine Thompson with your support. We are expecting a similar item to be introduced in the State Assembly soon.
Committee: ENVIRONMENTAL CONSERVATION
Law Section: Environmental Conservation Law
Enacts the “monk parakeet protection act”.
Act: AN ACT to amend the environmental conservation law, in relation to enacting the “monk parakeet protection act”
S7850 – REFERRED TO ENVIRONMENTAL CONSERVATION – May 17, 2010
S T A T E O F N E W Y O R K
I N S E N A T E
May 17, 2010
Introduced by Sen. ADDABBO — read twice and ordered printed, and when
printed to be committed to the Committee on Environmental Conservation
AN ACT to amend the environmental conservation law, in relation to
enacting the “monk parakeet protection act”
THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM-
BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS:
1 Section 1. Legislative intent. The legislature finds that the monk
2 parakeet has been existing in a wild, undomesticated state in New York
3 since the late 1960s. The ancestors of the current flocks are believed
4 to have been imported legally into the United States from their native
5 land in Argentina. Since then, monk parakeets have established colonies
6 in parts of New York city and lower Westchester county. Their colonies
7 are small, and the population of monk parakeets seems to be rather
8 stabilized over the past 20 years. It is estimated that there are less
9 than 1,000 wild monk parakeets in the state of New York. Reports of
10 poaching and less than humane regard for nesting sites have led to the
11 need for formal protection of this species, which is recognized as non-
12 native, but not currently categorized as invasive, according to the
13 report Regulatory System for Non-native Species (New York Invasive
14 Species Council, 2010). The purpose of this act is to protect the wild
15 monk parakeet (a/k/a Quaker parakeet), the parrot species Myiopsitta
16 monachus, living in a wild state in various parts of the state of New
17 York. This act shall also provide humane methods of relocation or
18 removal, especially where threat to human life, private or public prop-
19 erty, or agricultural concerns, are imminent.
20 S 2. This act shall be known and may be cited as the “monk parakeet
21 protection act.”
22 S 3. Article 11 of the environmental conservation law is amended by
23 adding a new title 27 to read as follows:
24 TITLE 27
25 MONK PARAKEET PROTECTION ACT
26 SECTION 11-2701. DEFINITIONS.
27 11-2703. MONK PARAKEETS; PROTECTION.
28 S 11-2701. DEFINITIONS.
EXPLANATION–Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
[ ] is old law to be omitted.
S. 7850 2
1 FOR PURPOSES OF THIS TITLE, THE FOLLOWING TERMS SHALL HAVE THE FOLLOW-
2 ING MEANINGS:
3 1. “QUALIFIED INDIVIDUAL” SHALL MEAN A PERSON OR PERSONS WITH EITHER A
4 DEGREE IN EARTH, BIOLOGICAL OR NATURAL SCIENCES, INCLUDING GEOLOGY,
5 ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE, BIOLOGY, ZOOLOGY, OR A SPECIALIZATION IN ORNI-
7 2. “WILD MONK PARAKEET” SHALL MEAN A MONK PARAKEET THAT WAS BORN IN A
8 NATURAL ENVIRONMENT WITHOUT HUMAN AID OR INTERVENTION, AND RAISED BY ITS
9 OWN PARENTS. THE PROVISIONS OF THIS TITLE SHALL NOT APPLY TO ANY MONK
10 PARAKEET THAT IS BANDED BY A BREEDER AND PREVIOUSLY EXISTED IN A DOMES-
11 TIC SITUATION AS A PET;
12 3. “QUALIFIED DESIGNATED AGENT OR AUTHORITY” SHALL MEAN EITHER A STATE
13 AGENCY WITH QUALIFIED INDIVIDUALS, OR AN ORGANIZATION WITH MEMBERS WHO
14 HAVE A MINIMUM OF FIVE YEARS EXPERIENCE IN THE RESCUE AND REHABILITATION
15 OF PARROTS OR WILD BIRDS, AND HAVE AT LEAST TWO QUALIFIED INDIVIDUALS AS
16 DEFINED IN SUBDIVISION ONE OF THIS SECTION. THE QUALIFIED DESIGNATED
17 AGENT OR AUTHORITY SHALL BE AFFILIATED WITH ONE OR MORE AVIAN VETERINA-
18 RIANS; AND
19 4. “BREEDING SEASON” SHALL MEAN THE PERIOD OF TIME BEGINNING APRIL
20 FIRST AND ENDING OCTOBER FIRST OF A CALENDAR YEAR.
21 S 11-2703. MONK PARAKEETS; PROTECTION.
22 1. NO PERSON SHALL CAPTURE OR HARM A MONK PARAKEET CHICK, FLEDGLING,
23 OR ADULT, OR TAKE OR SELL ITS EGGS, TO ANY RETAIL OR PRIVATE ESTABLISH-
24 MENT OR CONCERN.
25 2. NO PERSON SHALL REMOVE THE NEST OF A MONK PARAKEET, UNLESS THERE IS
26 A DOCUMENTED AND IMMEDIATE THREAT TO HUMAN LIFE OR PUBLIC AND PRIVATE
28 3. THE COLLECTION OF EGGS, CHICKS, FLEDGLINGS, OR ADULT MONK PARAKEETS
29 SHALL BE DONE ONLY UNDER THE SUPERVISION OF A DESIGNATED AND QUALIFIED
30 INDIVIDUAL OR EXPERT.
31 4. THE REMOVAL OF THE NEST OF A MONK PARAKEET, IF NECESSARY, SHALL
32 OCCUR OUTSIDE OF BREEDING SEASON, UNLESS THERE IS A DOCUMENTED AND IMME-
33 DIATE THREAT TO HUMAN LIFE OR PUBLIC AND PRIVATE PROPERTY.
34 5. THE STATE OR A QUALIFIED DESIGNATED AGENT OR AUTHORITY SHALL BE
35 NOTIFIED AT LEAST FIVE DAYS IN ADVANCE OF ANY PROPOSAL TO REMOVE THE
36 NEST OF A MONK PARAKEET. THE DESIGNATED AGENT OR AUTHORITY SHALL PROPOSE
37 ALTERNATIVE ACTIONS, AND SHALL SUPERVISE ANY NEST REMOVALS IF AN ALTER-
38 NATIVE PLAN IS NOT POSSIBLE.
39 6. PRIVATE COMPANIES AND ORGANIZATIONS, UTILITY COMPANIES, AND GOVERN-
40 MENTAL AGENCIES, SHALL MAKE EVERY EFFORT TO SUPPLY AND ERECT ALTERNATIVE
41 NESTING PLATFORMS WHERE REASONABLY POSSIBLE, IF CURRENT MONK PARAKEET
42 NESTING SITES HAVE BEEN DEMONSTRATED TO BE A THREAT TO HUMAN LIFE,
43 PRIVATE OR PUBLIC PROPERTY, OR AGRICULTURAL CONCERNS. EXAMPLE PLANS AND
44 DRAWINGS FOR NESTING PLATFORMS SHALL BE MADE AVAILABLE TO THE PUBLIC ON
45 THE OFFICIAL WEBPAGE OF THE DEPARTMENT.
46 7. IF AN EFFORT TO PROVIDE MONK PARAKEETS WITH ALTERNATIVE NESTING
47 PLATFORMS FAILS OR PROVES TO BE UNSUCCESSFUL, AN ENTITY MAY EMPLOY
48 HUMANE MEANS TO REMOVE AND EUTHANIZE MONK PARAKEETS, ONLY AS A LAST
49 RESORT. ALL OTHER METHODS TO PROVIDE ALTERNATIVE NESTING OPTIONS SHALL
50 BE FIRST EXHAUSTED. SUCH ENTITY SHALL DEMONSTRATE IN WRITING AND
51 DOCUMENTATION THAT ALL EFFORTS TO PROVIDE ALTERNATIVES HAVE FAILED, AND
52 SHALL OUTLINE THE METHOD BY WHICH EUTHANASIA SHALL BE APPLIED. SUCH
53 ENTITY SHALL ALSO DEMONSTRATE THAT THERE IS A DOCUMENTED AND IMMEDIATE
54 THREAT TO HUMAN LIFE OR PUBLIC AND PRIVATE PROPERTY.
55 8. FOR PURPOSES OF THIS TITLE:
S. 7850 3
1 A. THE USE OF CARBON MONOXIDE OR ANY OTHER GAS OR VAPOR AS A METHOD OF
2 EUTHANASIA IS PROHIBITED;
3 B. THE ONLY ACCEPTABLE FORM OF EUTHANASIA SHALL BE BY INJECTION OF AN
4 ANESTHETIC OR ANESTHETIC MIXTURE WHICH CAUSES IMMEDIATE AND PAINLESS
5 CESSATION OF PULMONARY AND CORONARY FUNCTION; AND
6 C. ADMINISTRATION AND SUPERVISION OF THE EUTHANASIA PROCEDURE SHALL BE
7 DONE BY A LICENSED VETERINARIAN, VETERINARY ASSISTANT OR VETERINARY
9 9. THE DEPARTMENT MAY DESIGNATE A QUALIFIED ORGANIZATION TO CARRY OUT
10 THE GENERAL ADMINISTRATION OF THE PROVISIONS OF THIS TITLE.
11 10. A QUALIFIED ORGANIZATION DESIGNATED PURSUANT TO SUBDIVISION NINE
12 OF THIS SECTION SHALL BE ENTITLED TO REASONABLE REIMBURSEMENT FOR
13 EXPENSES IN ASSOCIATION WITH NEST REMOVAL, FROM ANY ENTITY SO REQUESTING
14 THE SERVICES OF SUCH QUALIFIED ORGANIZATION. THE REQUESTING ENTITY SHALL
15 PROVIDE, AND OPERATE, ALL NECESSARY HEAVY EQUIPMENT, INCLUDING BUCKET
16 LIFTS OR TRUCKS. IN ADDITION, ALL EXPENSES AND COSTS ASSOCIATED WITH THE
17 USE OF VETERINARY SERVICES FOR EUTHANASIA SHALL BE IMMEDIATELY REIM-
18 BURSED TO THE ATTENDING VETERINARIAN BY THE REQUESTING ENTITY.
19 11. ANY VIOLATION OF THE PROVISIONS OF THIS TITLE SHALL BE A MISDEMEA-
21 S 4. This act shall take effect on the sixtieth day after it shall
22 have become a law.