Update on Parrot Bill – Can You Help?

From Barry and Gail Schwartz of Feathered Friends Parrot Adoption Services:

Below is the text to S01246, the NY State Senate version of the Monk Parakeet Protection Act. This proposed legislation needs a sponsor in the State Assembly. Please let me know as soon as possible if you can personally approach your local State Assembly Member and ask if she or he would be willing to sponsor this legislation. Thanks.
Barry

S T A T E   O F   N E W   Y O R K
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1246

2011-2012 Regular Sessions

I N  S E N A T E

January 6, 2011
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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

EXPLANATION–Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
[ ] is old law to be omitted.
LBD02027-01-1
S. 1246                             2

1  SECTION 11-2701. DEFINITIONS.
2          11-2703. MONK PARAKEETS; PROTECTION.
3  S 11-2701. DEFINITIONS.
4    FOR PURPOSES OF THIS TITLE, THE FOLLOWING TERMS SHALL HAVE THE FOLLOW-
5  ING MEANINGS:
6    1. “QUALIFIED INDIVIDUAL” SHALL MEAN A PERSON OR PERSONS WITH EITHER A
7  DEGREE  IN  EARTH,  BIOLOGICAL  OR  NATURAL SCIENCES, INCLUDING GEOLOGY,
8  ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE, BIOLOGY, ZOOLOGY, OR A  SPECIALIZATION  IN  ORNI-
9  THOLOGY;
10    2.  “WILD MONK PARAKEET” SHALL MEAN A MONK PARAKEET THAT WAS BORN IN A
11  NATURAL ENVIRONMENT WITHOUT HUMAN AID OR INTERVENTION, AND RAISED BY ITS
12  OWN PARENTS. THE PROVISIONS OF THIS TITLE SHALL NOT APPLY  TO  ANY  MONK
13  PARAKEET  THAT IS BANDED BY A BREEDER AND PREVIOUSLY EXISTED IN A DOMES-
14  TIC SITUATION AS A PET;
15    3. “QUALIFIED DESIGNATED AGENT OR AUTHORITY” SHALL MEAN EITHER A STATE
16  AGENCY WITH QUALIFIED INDIVIDUALS, OR AN ORGANIZATION WITH  MEMBERS  WHO
17  HAVE A MINIMUM OF FIVE YEARS EXPERIENCE IN THE RESCUE AND REHABILITATION
18  OF PARROTS OR WILD BIRDS, AND HAVE AT LEAST TWO QUALIFIED INDIVIDUALS AS
19  DEFINED  IN  SUBDIVISION  ONE  OF THIS SECTION. THE QUALIFIED DESIGNATED
20  AGENT OR AUTHORITY SHALL BE AFFILIATED WITH ONE OR MORE AVIAN  VETERINA-
21  RIANS; AND
22    4.  “BREEDING  SEASON”  SHALL  MEAN THE PERIOD OF TIME BEGINNING APRIL
23  FIRST AND ENDING OCTOBER FIRST OF A CALENDAR YEAR.
24  S 11-2703. MONK PARAKEETS; PROTECTION.
25    1. NO PERSON SHALL CAPTURE OR HARM A MONK PARAKEET  CHICK,  FLEDGLING,
26  OR  ADULT, OR TAKE OR SELL ITS EGGS, TO ANY RETAIL OR PRIVATE ESTABLISH-
27  MENT OR CONCERN.
28    2. NO PERSON SHALL REMOVE THE NEST OF A MONK PARAKEET, UNLESS THERE IS
29  A DOCUMENTED AND IMMEDIATE THREAT TO HUMAN LIFE OR  PUBLIC  AND  PRIVATE
30  PROPERTY.
31    3. THE COLLECTION OF EGGS, CHICKS, FLEDGLINGS, OR ADULT MONK PARAKEETS
32  SHALL  BE  DONE ONLY UNDER THE SUPERVISION OF A DESIGNATED AND QUALIFIED
33  INDIVIDUAL OR EXPERT.
34    4. THE REMOVAL OF THE NEST OF A MONK  PARAKEET,  IF  NECESSARY,  SHALL
35  OCCUR OUTSIDE OF BREEDING SEASON, UNLESS THERE IS A DOCUMENTED AND IMME-
36  DIATE THREAT TO HUMAN LIFE OR PUBLIC AND PRIVATE PROPERTY.
37    5.  THE  STATE  OR  A QUALIFIED DESIGNATED AGENT OR AUTHORITY SHALL BE
38  NOTIFIED AT LEAST FIVE DAYS IN ADVANCE OF ANY  PROPOSAL  TO  REMOVE  THE
39  NEST OF A MONK PARAKEET. THE DESIGNATED AGENT OR AUTHORITY SHALL PROPOSE
40  ALTERNATIVE  ACTIONS, AND SHALL SUPERVISE ANY NEST REMOVALS IF AN ALTER-
41  NATIVE PLAN IS NOT POSSIBLE.
42    6. PRIVATE COMPANIES AND ORGANIZATIONS, UTILITY COMPANIES, AND GOVERN-
43  MENTAL AGENCIES, SHALL MAKE EVERY EFFORT TO SUPPLY AND ERECT ALTERNATIVE
44  NESTING PLATFORMS WHERE REASONABLY POSSIBLE, IF  CURRENT  MONK  PARAKEET
45  NESTING  SITES  HAVE  BEEN  DEMONSTRATED  TO  BE A THREAT TO HUMAN LIFE,
46  PRIVATE OR PUBLIC PROPERTY, OR AGRICULTURAL CONCERNS.  EXAMPLE PLANS AND
47  DRAWINGS FOR NESTING PLATFORMS SHALL BE MADE AVAILABLE TO THE PUBLIC  ON
48  THE OFFICIAL WEBPAGE OF THE DEPARTMENT.
49    7.  IF  AN  EFFORT  TO PROVIDE MONK PARAKEETS WITH ALTERNATIVE NESTING
50  PLATFORMS FAILS OR PROVES TO  BE  UNSUCCESSFUL,  AN  ENTITY  MAY  EMPLOY
51  HUMANE  MEANS  TO  REMOVE  AND  EUTHANIZE MONK PARAKEETS, ONLY AS A LAST
52  RESORT. ALL OTHER METHODS TO PROVIDE ALTERNATIVE NESTING  OPTIONS  SHALL
53  BE  FIRST  EXHAUSTED.  SUCH  ENTITY  SHALL  DEMONSTRATE  IN  WRITING AND
54  DOCUMENTATION THAT ALL EFFORTS TO PROVIDE ALTERNATIVES HAVE FAILED,  AND
55  SHALL  OUTLINE  THE  METHOD  BY  WHICH EUTHANASIA SHALL BE APPLIED. SUCH
S. 1246                             3

1  ENTITY SHALL ALSO DEMONSTRATE THAT THERE IS A DOCUMENTED  AND  IMMEDIATE
2  THREAT TO HUMAN LIFE OR PUBLIC AND PRIVATE PROPERTY.
3    8. FOR PURPOSES OF THIS TITLE:
4    A. THE USE OF CARBON MONOXIDE OR ANY OTHER GAS OR VAPOR AS A METHOD OF
5  EUTHANASIA IS PROHIBITED;
6    B.  THE ONLY ACCEPTABLE FORM OF EUTHANASIA SHALL BE BY INJECTION OF AN
7  ANESTHETIC OR ANESTHETIC MIXTURE WHICH  CAUSES  IMMEDIATE  AND  PAINLESS
8  CESSATION OF PULMONARY AND CORONARY FUNCTION; AND
9    C. ADMINISTRATION AND SUPERVISION OF THE EUTHANASIA PROCEDURE SHALL BE
10  DONE  BY  A  LICENSED  VETERINARIAN,  VETERINARY ASSISTANT OR VETERINARY
11  TECHNICIAN.
12    9. THE DEPARTMENT MAY DESIGNATE A QUALIFIED ORGANIZATION TO CARRY  OUT
13  THE GENERAL ADMINISTRATION OF THE PROVISIONS OF THIS TITLE.
14    10.  A  QUALIFIED ORGANIZATION DESIGNATED PURSUANT TO SUBDIVISION NINE
15  OF THIS SECTION  SHALL  BE  ENTITLED  TO  REASONABLE  REIMBURSEMENT  FOR
16  EXPENSES IN ASSOCIATION WITH NEST REMOVAL, FROM ANY ENTITY SO REQUESTING
17  THE SERVICES OF SUCH QUALIFIED ORGANIZATION. THE REQUESTING ENTITY SHALL
18  PROVIDE,  AND  OPERATE,  ALL NECESSARY HEAVY EQUIPMENT, INCLUDING BUCKET
19  LIFTS OR TRUCKS. IN ADDITION, ALL EXPENSES AND COSTS ASSOCIATED WITH THE
20  USE OF VETERINARY SERVICES FOR EUTHANASIA  SHALL  BE  IMMEDIATELY  REIM-
21  BURSED TO THE ATTENDING VETERINARIAN BY THE REQUESTING ENTITY.
22    11. ANY VIOLATION OF THE PROVISIONS OF THIS TITLE SHALL BE A MISDEMEA-
23  NOR.
24    S  4.  This  act  shall take effect on the sixtieth day after it shall
25  have become a law.

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1 Response to “Update on Parrot Bill – Can You Help?”


  1. 1 Christine Smith August 5, 2011 at 8:32 pm

    I’m looking to find a group working towards legalizing quaker parrots in Maine. I understand part of Southern Maine was involved in the NH bill
    to legalize owning a quaker. Is any organization actively trying to amend
    Maine’s restriction law? I would appreciate ant information on the issue.
    Thanks
    Christine


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