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Senate approves bill banning sale of more exotic animals in New York

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The New York state Senate has advanced a bill aimed at expanding the ban on the sale of exotic animals, as part of a package of measures addressing animal welfare and reducing cruelty. The bill, still awaiting passage in the state Assembly, redefines wild animals as indigenous, non-domesticated creatures native to their country of origin. If approved, animals such as sloths, kangaroos, hyenas, elephants, wallabies, and armadillos would be affected.

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In recognition of National Pet Week, lawmakers also advanced bills to prohibit the sale of disabled horses at auctions, extending the provision to include donkeys and mules. Additionally, they seek to ban the practice of devocalizing cats and dogs and require landlords to inspect properties for abandoned animals within three days of vacancy.

State Senator Michelle Hinchey expressed her pride in the bill requiring property inspections for abandoned animals, which passed the Senate during National Pet Week. Hinchey joined her colleagues in advocating for the protection of vulnerable animals and creating a safer New York for all pets.