By Tom Precious
ALBANY -- A Queens senator wants to enact what he is calling the Pygmy Pig Regulation Law.
The new bill by Sen. Tony Avella would would permit New York City residents to own the little piggies so long as licensed and vaccinated as household pets. The bill memo states they must also be "sprayed'' -- we assume he means spayed -- or neutered. Only one per household, please, and they must not stand taller than 22 inches at the shoulder and weigh no more than 200 pounds.
From the bill memo: "Over the years, pygmy pigs have gained popularity and recognition as great pets due to the combination of their unique traits such as cleanliness, diminutive size, friendly disposition, and intelligence. They make great companion animals and are considered by some as therapy animals. For children with allergies, these pigs can provide necessary companionship, without affecting their health. As pygmy pigs are becoming widely accepted as pets, many towns, cities, and municipalities throughout the United States have enacted laws, ordinances and regulations to permit the keeping of pygmy pigs as pets. Currently, pygmy pigs are not allowed as a pet in New York City according to the current New York City Health Code section 161.01.''