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New York enacts law banning hunting competitions for certain wildlife

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A significant legislative move was made in New York on Friday with the signing of a bill that effectively ends hunting competitions for specific types of wildlife.

The new law, identified as S.4099/A.2917, prohibits organizing, sponsoring, conducting, promoting, or participating in contests, competitions, tournaments, or derbies aimed at hunting wildlife for prizes, inducement, or entertainment. Under this law, any wildlife killed in such activities will become the property of the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation.

The legislation targets contests that result in the killing of large numbers of animals such as coyotes, crows, squirrels, and rabbits for entertainment or prizes, rather than for targeted wildlife population management.

This law, however, does not ban general hunting or fishing activities. It specifically excludes contests involving white-tailed deer, turkeys, and bears, as well as regulated fishing contests. New York’s move to enact this legislation follows a growing national trend of states banning similar contests. Assemblymember Deborah Glick commended Governor Hochul for signing the bill, highlighting the importance of protecting wildlife from inhumane practices. The law is set to take effect on November 1, 2024.

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