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2014 State Legislation:

Sponsor(s): Sen. Clayton Hee (D-23)

Hawaii: H.B. 493: Ivory Trade Restrictions [2014]

Born Free USA Position: SUPPORT

Update (May 1, 2014): This bill failed to pass before the 2014 session ended.

Note: This bill was introduced after another ivory trade ban, S.B. 2040/H.B. 2183, died in February 2014.

Bill Description:
This bill would prohibit a person from importing, selling, offering to sell, or possessing with the intent to sell any ivory product. It defines "ivory product" as ivory from elephants, hippopotamuses, walruses, whales, and narwhals.

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Sponsor(s): Sen. Chris A. Eaton (DFL-40) and Rep. Jason Isaacson (DFL-42B)

Minnesota: S.F. 666/H.F. 1163: Reinstating Moratorium on Wolf Hunting

Born Free USA Position: SUPPORT

Bill Description:
Establishes a moratorium on wolf hunting for a five-year period. After that time, the Department of Natural Resources Commissioner may prescribe open seasons and restrictions for taking wolves, but only if population management is deemed necessary and other means for controlling the wolf population are explored.

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Sponsor(s): Reps. Peter Fischer (DFL- 43A), Yvonne Selcer (DFL-48A), and Paul Rosenthal (DFL-49B)

Minnesota: H.F. 3196: Ban on Wolf Trapping/Baiting, and Use of Snares

Born Free USA Position: SUPPORT

Bill Description:

This bill:

  • Prohibits the trapping of wolves except as authorized by the commissioner for the predator control program, and establishes that violators are charged with a gross misdemeanor.
  • Prohibits the use of bait to hunt wolves.
  • Prohibits the use of snares to trap wild animals.
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    Sponsor(s): Sen. Linda Holmes (D-42)

    Illinois: S.B. 3049: Protecting Gray Wolves, Black Bears, and Cougars [2014]

    Born Free USA Position: SUPPORT

    Update (August 25, 2014): Victory! Governor Quinn signed this bill into law.

    Bill Description:
    Adds the Gray wolf, American black bear, and Cougar to the list of protected species. It prohibits killing these animals except in case of imminent threat to people or farm animals. However, an individual who sees one of these animals on their land can secure a threat permit from the Department of Natural Resources to kill the animal.

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    Sponsor(s): Asm. Tom Abinanti (D-92)

    New York: A. 9137 Creates Exemption to Snare Prohibition

    Born Free USA Position: OPPOSE

    Bill Description:
    It adds an exemption to the law prohibiting the use of snares:
    The Department of Environmental Conservation may, by regulation, authorize the use of snares to trap coyote and other species in the Northern Zone.

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    Sponsor(s): Sens. Hawj (DFL-St. Paul), Eaton (DFL-Brooklyn Center), and Marty (DFL-Roseville); and Reps. Isaacson (DFL-42B), Allen (DFL-62B), Rosenthal (DFL-49B), Selcer (DFL-48A), Dehn (DFL-59B), and Slocum (DFL-50A)

    Minnesota: S.F. 2256/H.F. 2680: Wolf Data Bill

    Born Free USA Position: SUPPORT

    Bill Description:
    It would put the wolf hunt on hold to study the outcomes of the wolf hunt on the wolf population and to implement a wolf management plan. The wolf management plan would include data on wolf deaths, conflict with humans and livestock, and public sentiment toward wolves; as well as the development of best management practices (BMPs) for livestock producers to reduce and prevent wolf depredation.

    The bill also calls for an annual wolf population census and the creation of a Wolf Management Plan Review Advisory Council. The bill would also close tribal lands to the hunting and trapping of wolves if tribal leadership requests it.

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