S4131 Bill Extends Protection to Include Wild Parrots

The following post just came to me via email today. This bill seeks to include wild parrots as part of the law on protected species. In other news, regarding getting Resolution 1872 submitted to the Environmental Protection Committee, Council Member Avella would encourage concerned citizens and groups to send letters to the Speaker and the Committee Chair, Council Member James Gennaro, asking them to place the resolution on the Committee’s upcoming hearing agenda as soon as possible.

STATUS:
S4131 ADDABBO No Same as
Environmental Conservation Law
TITLE….Makes psittacine birds, especially Monk (Quaker) Parakeets, protected birds
04/14/09 REFERRED TO ENVIRONMENTAL CONSERVATION
SUMMARY:

Bill Summary Information Not Found
BILL TEXT:

STATE OF NEW YORK
________________________________________________________________________

4131

2009-2010 Regular Sessions

IN SENATE

April 14, 2009
___________

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
making psittacine birds, especially Monk (Quaker) Parakeets, protected
birds

The People of the State of New York, represented in Senate and Assem-
bly, do enact as follows:

1 Section 1. Paragraph a of subdivision 5 of section 11-0103 of the
2 environmental conservation law, as amended by chapter 47 of the laws of
3 1976, is amended to read as follows:
4 a. “Unprotected wild birds” means the English sparrow and starling,
5 and also includes pigeons [and psittacine birds] existing in a wild
6 state, not domesticated.
7 § 2. This act shall take effect immediately.

EXPLANATION–Matter in italics (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
[ ] is old law to be omitted.
LBD10619-02-9
SPONSORS MEMO:
NEW YORK STATE SENATE
INTRODUCER’S MEMORANDUM IN SUPPORT
submitted in accordance with Senate Rule VI. Sec 1

BILL NUMBER: S4131

SPONSOR: ADDABBO

TITLE OF BILL:
An act to amend the environmental conservation law, in relation to
making psittacine birds, especially Monk (Quaker) Parakeets, protected
birds

PURPOSE OR GENERAL IDEA OF BILL:
This bill would protect Monk (Quaker) parakeets and psittacine birds.

SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS:
Amending paragraph A of subdivision 5 of section 11-0103 of the Environ-
mental Conservation Law, as amended by chapter 47 of the laws of 1976,
to read that the English sparrow, starling, pigeons and psittacine birds
be protected in New York State.

JUSTIFICATION:
Currently, wild Quaker Parakeets (a/k/a Monk Parakeets, species Myiop-
sitta monachus), are unprotected in New York State. As these highly
intelligent birds have resided in the New York City area for some fourty
years, it is requested that they be placed in “Protected” status by
amending the New York State Environmental Conservation Laws.

Quaker parakeets are not harmful to the environment, have not displaced
and been a threat to any native species, and have not been proven to
cause damage to any public utilities.

LEGISLATIVE HISTORY:
New bill.

FISCAL IMPLICATIONS:
None.

EFFECTIVE DATE:
This act shall take effect immediately.

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