Agriculture & Markets - Animals - Definitions

Published: 2014-09-22

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§ 350. Definitions. 1. "Animal," as used in this article, includes
every living creature except a human being;

2. "Torture" or "cruelty" includes every act, omission, or neglect,
whereby unjustifiable physical pain, suffering or death is caused or

3. "Adoption" means the delivery to any natural person eighteen years
of age or older, for the limited purpose of harboring a pet, of any dog
or cat, seized or surrendered.

4. "Farm animal", as used in this article, means any ungulate,
poultry, species of cattle, sheep, swine, goats, llamas, horses or
fur-bearing animals, as defined in section 11-1907 of the environmental
conservation law, which are raised for commercial or subsistence
purposes. Fur-bearing animal shall not include dogs or cats.

5. "Companion animal" or "pet" means any dog or cat, and shall also
mean any other domesticated animal normally maintained in or near the
household of the owner or person who cares for such other domesticated
animal. "Pet" or "companion animal" shall not include a "farm animal" as
defined in this section.