Urban Beekeeping May Become Legal Again In NYC

Urban Beekeeping May Become Legal Again In NYC

Planet Green reports that beekeeping me become legal again in New York City.

Dan Gould
  • 4 january 2010

Planet Green reports that beekeeping me become legal again in New York City. City Council member David Yassky has proposed a bill that would lift the existing ban on urban beekeeping, allowing the burgeoning local honey scene to come out from the shadows.

Planet Green explains:

Back in 1999, the Giuliani Administration added bees to the list of animals prohibited within the city. The list also includes crocodiles, lions, and pit vipers. A violation of the ban incurs a $2,000 fine.

New York City Council member David Yassky introduced a bill that would abolish the ban, but the bill stagnated until local activists rekindled the fight by proposing to the New York Department of Health that the ban be overturned. According to OnEarth, the health department gave the initial okay in a quarterly Board of Health meeting on Thursday. The action requires a second vote in March, following a public comment period, to take effect.

Planet Green: “New York Takes First Steps To Legalize Beekeeping”

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