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2014 State Legislation:

Sponsor(s): Sen. Thomas Casperson (R-38)

Michigan: S.B. 759: Trapping Beaver for Fur

Born Free USA Position: OPPOSE

Update (6/11/14): Governor Snyder signed this bill into law.

Bill Description:
Allows a licensed fur dealer to trap beavers.

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Sponsor(s): Rep. Maria Antonia Berrios (D-39)

Illinois: H.B. 3779: Increasing Penalties for Animal Cruelty [2014]

Born Free USA Position: SUPPORT

Update (May, 2014): This bill failed to pass before the end of the session, and is now dead.

Bill Description:
Amends the Humane Care for Animals Act to increase the penalties for convictions of cruel treatment, aggravated cruelty, and animal torture. It changes the penalties for different violations from misdemeanors to felonies, or from one class of felony to a more severe class.

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Sponsor(s): Rep. Michael J. Zalewski (D-23)

Illinois: H.B. 5940 Alters Rules for Ownership of Exotic Animals [2014]

Update (May 16, 2014): This bill failed to pass before the deadline, and so it is dead.

Update (March, 2014): Two amendments made in the House Judiciary Committee significantly weakened this bill. See the italicized and stricken portions of the Bill Description for more details.

Bill Description:
This bill amends the statute on ownership of "dangerous animals," which are defined as a lion, tiger, leopard, ocelot, jaguar, cheetah, margay, mountain lion, lynx, bobcat, jaguarundi, bear, hyena, wolf or coyote, or any poisonous or life-threatening reptile.

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Sponsor(s): Rep. Wayne Rosenthal (R-95)

Illinois: H.B. 4226 to Allow Hunting/Trapping of Bobcats [2014]

Born Free USA Position: OPPOSE

Update (May, 2014): This bill failed to pass the Senate before the end of the session, and is now dead.

Update (March 27, 2014): This bill passed the House, and was sent to the Senate.

Bill Description:
It removes the prohibition on killing bobcats in Illinois. It establishes that there will be an annual open season during which people may trap or hunt bobcats with a gun, dog, or bow and arrow. Only one bobcat may be killed per permit per season.

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Sponsor(s): Rep. Dave Deyoe (R-Story)

Iowa: H.F. 2302: Ban on Killing Cougars [2014]

Born Free USA Position: SUPPORT

Update (February 2014): Failed to advance before the deadline, meaning that this bill is dead.

Bill Description:
Would ban the hunting, trapping, or capturing of cougars (mountain lions).

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Sponsor(s): Sen. Matt McCoy (D-21, Des Moines) and Rep. Bobby Kaufmann (R-73, Cedar)

Iowa: S.F. 2020/S.F. 2021/H.F. 2023: Increasing Penalties for Animal Neglect [2014]

Born Free USA Position: SUPPORT

Update (February 2014): Failed to advance before the deadline, meaning that this bill is dead.

Bill Description:
Would increase the penalties for animal neglect and animal torture.

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Thank you for your willingness to speak out for animal protection issues! Your voice has the power to help influence elected officials to improve the lives of countless animals. It's time to get involved, if you are not already.

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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