October 10th, 2018
RE: Public Hearing on Cervid Importation Ban and Request for Written Comments
To Whom It May Concern:
In November 2013 an emergency regulation was implemented prohibiting the importation of cervids susceptible to Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD into New York through August 2018. In April2017 a hearing was held to hear comments on whether 1) the importation ban should be extended for an additional 5 years; 2) the ban should become permanent; or 3) the ban should be discontinued. In addition to the hearing, written comments were also received. The current list of CWD-susceptible cervids includes, but is not limited to: white tailed deer, mule deer, elk, red deer, sika deer, and moose. The USDA intends to expand the list of susceptible species to include muntjac and reindeer.
Based on what is currently known about Chronic Wasting Disease and comments received, the Department of Agriculture and Markets amended 1 NYCRR 69.3(b) to extend the prohibition on importing live CWD-susceptible species for another 5 years through emergency rule making on August 15t, 2018. On October 25, 2018, a public hearing will be held at the New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets. The purpose of this hearing will be to receive public comment concerning the ramifications of the ban and comment on whether the emergency rulemaking should be made permanent.
The Division of Animal Industry is also requesting written comments from interested stakeholders regarding the ban. All comments are welcome, both in favor of and opposed to continuation of the ban, and all reasonable economic and scientific arguments will be considered. The deadline for written comments is November 1Oth, 2018. Comments may be submitted to:
Dr. David Smith,
Director Division of Animal Industry
New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets
1 OB Airline Drive Albany, NY 12235