New York Agriculture & Markets Law
Application of Article
Except for the absolute prohibition against the slaughtering or butchering of domesticated dog and domesticated cat to create food, meat, meat by-products or meat food products for human or animal consumption contained in this article which shall continue to apply notwithstanding the following exclusions from this article, the remaining provisions of this article shall not apply to (a) any bona fide farmer who butchers his own domestic animals or fowl on his farm exclusively for use by him and members of his household and his non-paying guests and employees, or
(b) any custom slaughterer, (as used in this section, “custom slaughterer” means a person, firm, corporation or association who or which operates a place or establishment where animals are delivered by the owner thereof for slaughter exclusively for use, in the household of such owner, by him, and members of his household and his non-paying guests and employees, provided, that such custom slaughterer does not engage in the business of buying or selling any carcasses, parts of carcasses, meat or meat products of any animal), or
(c) any person who slaughters not more than two hundred fifty turkeys or an equivalent number of birds of all other species raised by him on his own farm during the calendar year for which an exemption is sought (four birds of other species shall be deemed the equivalent of one turkey), provided that such person does not engage in buying or selling poultry products other than those produced from poultry raised on his own farm, or
(d) any person who donates, and any charitable or not-for-profit organization that possesses, prepares or serves game or wild game pursuant to section 11-0917 of the environmental conservation law (and any person who processes game or wild game on behalf of such donor).