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May 28, 2019

The New York Assembly Environmental Conservation Committee will consider a bill on Wednesday, May 29, that would prohibit any contest, competition, or tournament where the objective is taking or hunting wildlife for prizes or entertainment.

The AKC views this as a threat to the ability of New Yorkers who own purposebred dogs to participate in the activities for which those breeds and bloodlines have been developed.

Anyone who owns purposebred dogs should be concerned by attempts to limit traditional responsible activities that showcase the abilities of those dogs and develop the human-animal bond. In particular, those who own traditional hunting/sporting breeds, or participate in hunt trials, performance events, and hunting activities in New York are strongly encouraged to contact the committee TODAY. Respectfully educate them about your breeds and ask them not to advance 722. If you participate in events, educate them on the facts of these events (including the positive economic impact on the community from participants, conservation efforts, the humane treatment of animals during the events, and how these bills would impact your club and the community).


AKC appreciates the amended version of Assembly Bill 722 which exempts certain field trials including field trials in dog training areas, so long as no game are taken or killed. However, the bills would still prevent other competitions in the state when wildlife is killed.

In the official memo for the bill, it inaccurately states that “competitions or contests such as these are inhumane and provide incentive to killing animals for glory, prizes or titles. They are different from the average hunting experience since they are often rigged with animals that cannot escape. In many cases, these competitions are conducted in a party-like atmosphere and are more like slaughters or massacres and are unsportsmanlike. These competitions would be considered cruel by a typical hunter and promote excessive and unnecessary killing of wildlife.”

The committee contact information is below. If you are a constituent or participate in events in their district, be sure to mention that when contacting the committee members.

Steve Englebright, Chair (East Setauket)
District Office: 631-751-3094
Albany Office: 518-455-4804

Thomas Abinanti (Tarrytown)
District Office: 914-631-1605
Albany Office: 518-455-5753

Didi Barrett (Poughkeepsie)
District Office: 845-454-1703
Albany Office: 518-455-5177

Pat Burke (West Seneca)
District Office: 716-608-6099
Albany Office: 518-455-4691

Robert C. Carroll (Brooklyn)
District Office: 718-788-7221
Albany Office: 518-455-5377

William Colton (Brooklyn)
District Office: 718-236-1598
Albany Office: 518-455-5828

Marcos A. Crespo (Bronx)
District Office: 718-893-0202
Albany Office: 518-455-5514

Steven Cymbrowitz (Brooklyn)
District Office: 718-743-4078
Albany Office: 518-455-5214

Anthony D’Urso (Great Neck)
District Office: 516-482-6966
Albany Office: 518-455-5192

Harvey Epstein (Manhattan)
District Office: 212-979-9696
Albany Office: 518-455-5506

Patricia Fahy (Albany)
Albany Office: 518-455-4178

Deborah J. Glick (sponsor of A. 722) (Manhattan)
District Office: 212-674-5153
Albany Office: 518-455-4841

Judy Griffin (Rockville Centre)
District Office: 516-561-8216
Albany Office: 518-455-4656

Aileen M. Gunther (Monticello)
District Office: 845-794-5807
Albany Office: 518-455-5355

Ellen Jaffee (Pearl River)
District Office: 845-624-4601
Albany Office: 518-455-5118

Barbara Lifton (Ithaca)
District Office: 607-277-8030
Albany Office: 518-455-5444

Michael LiPetri (Massapequa Park)
District Office: 516-541-4598
Albany Office: 518-455-5305

Brian D. Miller (New Hartford)
District Office: 315-736-3879
Albany Office: 518-455-5334

Melissa Miller (Atlantic Beach)
District Office: 516-431-0500
Albany Office: 518-455-3028

Daniel J. O’Donnell (Manhattan)
District Office: 212-866-3970
Albany Office: 518-455-5603

Steven Otis (Port Chester)
District Office: 914-939-7028
Albany Office: 518-455-4897

Anthony H. Palumbo (Riverhead)
District Office: 631-727-0204
Albany Office: 518-455-5294

Andrew P. Raia (Northport)
District Office: 631-261-4151
Albany Office: 518-455-5952

Jamie Romeo (Rochester)
District Office: 585-467-0410
Albany Office: 518-455-5373

Sean Ryan (Buffalo)
District Office: 716-885-9630
Albany Office: 518-455-4886

Robert Smullen (Herkimer)
District Office: 315-866-1632
Albany Office: 518-455-5393

Dan Stec (Elizabethtown)
District Office: 518-873-3803
Albany Office: 518-455-5565

Chris Tague (Catskill)
District Office: 518-295-7250
Albany Office: 518-455-5363

Fred W. Thiele, Jr. (Bridgehampton)
District Office: 631-537-2583
Albany Office: 518-455-5997

Jaime R. Williams (Brooklyn)
District Office: 718-252-2124
Albany Office: 518-455-5211

AKC continues to watch these and all New York bills impacting dog owners, breeders, and sportsmen, and will provide updates as they are available. For additional questions, contact AKC Government Relations at