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Prohibiting Sale, Possession or Transportation of Feral Pigs

CFAB Correspondence

The following is a web version of the correspondence letter; a printable PDF Version (210 KB) is also available to view.

May 14, 2012

Honorable Mark Grisanti
New York State Senate
902 Legislative Office Building
Albany, NY 12247

RE: Memorandum of Support for:
S6825 - An act to amend the environmental conservation law to prohibit the sale, possession or transportation of feral pigs

Dear Senator Grisanti:

This letter is to inform you that the Conservation Fund Advisory Board (CFAB) supports senate bill S6825 for the reasons found below:

  • Swine are a non-native, invasive species whose presence in the state has caused and continues to cause substantial economic and environmental harm.
  • The physical damage caused by feral swine has been well documented and includes damage to not only farm crops, but wildlife habitat.
  • Feral swine compete with native wildlife and in some cases livestock, for food resources. These animals also prey on both domestic animals and livestock.
  • There are associated disease risks with the introduction of feral swine on the landscape. In addition to the threats to domestic animals and livestock, feral swine can play a role in the emergence of new viruses that can potentially affect human health.
  • Wildlife agencies in states with established feral swine populations, as well as The Wildlife Society, strongly encourage passing of laws and regulations to combat the spread of feral swine in legislation to prohibit possession, trade and transport of feral swine.
  • Eradication measures to rid the landscape of feral swine are essential, but expensive and logistically challenging if not impossible once a population reaches a critical mass.
  • Feral swine are difficult, if not impossible to contain with fencing. Many of the swine on the landscape can be attributable to escapes from captive hunting facilities.
  • This bill would prohibit the sale, possession or transportation of certain subspecies of pigs in New York except domestic pigs (Sus scrofa domestica). Such prohibitions are absolutely necessary for the purpose of controlling and preventing the introduction, establishment and spread of feral (wild or free-roaming) swine, associated zoonotic diseases, and other significant negative impacts to New York's natural resources and private agricultural interests across the state.

Respectfully yours,

Alan Rosa
Vice Chairman

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