1. Whenever it is jointly determined by the Department of Environmental Conservation and the Department of Health or the Department of Agriculture and Markets, and certification is made to the Commissioner of Environmental Conservation by the Commissioner of Health or the Commissioner of Agriculture and Markets, that a disease, which endangers the health and welfare of fish or wildlife populations, or of domestic livestock or of the human population, exists in any area of the state, or is in imminent danger of being introduced into the state, the department shall adopt any measures or regulations with respect to the taking, transportation, sale, offering for sale or possession of native fish or feral animals it may deem necessary in the public interest to prevent the introduction or spread of such disease. The department may undertake such fish or wildlife control measures it may deem necessary to eliminate, reduce or confine the disease.
2. Whenever it is determined by the Department of Environmental Conservation that an epizootic disease which endangers the health and welfare of native fish or feral animal populations only, exists in any area of the state, or is in imminent danger of developing or being introduced into the state, the department may adopt any measures or regulations with respect to the taking, transportation, sale, offering for sale or possession of native fish or feral animals deemed necessary in the public interest to prevent the development, spread or introduction of such disease.
Citation: McKinney's ECL § 11-0325.
1. The commissioner is authorized to establish and maintain, by contract or otherwise, a New York state veterinary diagnostic laboratory and to contract for other diagnostic services, as he or she may deem necessary or beneficial, to improve the health of food and fiber producing animals, companion animals, sport and recreational animals, exotic animals and wildlife.
2. The New York state veterinary diagnostic laboratory shall:
(a) evaluate domestic and wild animal populations for evidence of disease agents that may cause human disease;
(b) maintain capability to respond to disease outbreaks in animals;
(c) establish diagnostic testing capabilities to establish herd health status and evaluation of disease programs;
(d) support disease surveillance and monitoring programs of domestic, zoo and wild animals;
(e) support veterinarians by analyzing and interpreting samples obtained from clinical cases; and
(f) evaluate, adjust and improve New York's ability to recognize diseases that impact animal populations...
Citation: McKinney's Agriculture and Markets Law § 73-b.
1. The commissioner shall take such action as he may deem necessary to control or eradicate any injurious insects, noxious weeds, or plant diseases existing within the state...
Citation: McKinney's Agriculture and Markets Law § 164.