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2014 State Legislation:

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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Sponsor(s): Rep. Chad Fincher (R-102, Semmes)

Alabama: H.B. 419 Outlaws Certain Primates As Pets [2014]

Born Free USA Position: SUPPORT

Update: This bill died in April, 2014.

Bill Description:
Prohibits the owning, possessing, maintaining, selling, or trading primates for which there is no rabies vaccine. These restricted primates include apes, baboons, and Old World Monkeys.

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Sponsor(s): Sens. Joshua Miller (D-28) and Gayle Goldin (D-3); and Reps. Art Handy (D-18), Teresa Tanzi (D-34), Chris Blazejewski (D-2), Linda Finn (D-72), and Thomas Palangio (D-3)

Rhode Island: S. 2628/H. 7838 Banning Toxic Ammunition

Born Free USA Position: SUPPORT

Bill Description:
This act would require the use of nontoxic ammunition for hunting purposes whenever such ammunition is available.

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Sponsor(s): House Resources and Conservation Committee (at request of Governor Butch Otter)

Idaho: H. 470: $440,000 for a Gray Wolf Hunt [2014]

Born Free USA Position: OPPOSE

Update (March, 2014): This bill was signed into law by Governor Butch Otter. We will continue to fight its implementation, and use it as a prime example of why gray wolves deserve federal protection.

Bill Description:
The bill would establish a Wolf Control Fund and a State Board to direct and manage the fund. The fund would receive $110,000 annually for four years, beginning in 2015. The money allocated from this fund would be used for “control actions” (such as trapping) for wolves where there is depredation conflict between wolves and wildlife or livestock.

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Sponsor(s): Assm. Linda Rosenthal (D-67) and Sen. Tony Avella (D-11)

New York: A. 9004/S. 6903 Prohibits Public Contact with Big Cats [2014]

Born Free USA Position: SUPPORT

Update: Victory! This bill was signed into law by Governor Cuomo on August 11, 2014. Read our press release here.

Bill Description:
It amends the Environmental Conservation Law by stipulating that direct contact between the public and big cats is prohibited. Direct contact includes activities such as playing with a big cat or having a photograph taken with a big cat in the absence of a permanent physical barrier.

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Sponsor(s): Sen. Norby Chabert (R-20)

Louisiana: S.B. 357 Bans Private Ownership of Dangerous Snakes [2014]

Born Free USA Position: Support

Update: This bill failed to pass before the session ended, so it is now dead.

Bill Description:
This bill bans the importation or private possession of certain constrictor and venomous snakes.

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Please be aware that our State Legislative webpages do not necessarily list every animal protection bill pending in the various state legislatures. If you are aware of a bill in your state that concerns wildlife or captive exotic animals that is not listed on our website, please contact legislation@bornfreeusa.org.

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