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2014 State Legislation:

Sponsor(s): Committee on Appropriations

Kansas: H.B. 2737: Restricting Ownership of Exotic Animals [2014]

Born Free USA Position: SUPPORT

Update (March, 2014): This bill failed to get a hearing before the committee deadline, so it cannot pass this year.

Bill Description:

  • Adds “any nonhuman primate; [and] any wolf, excluding hybrids” to the definition of “dangerous regulated animal,” which already includes lions, tigers, leopards, jaguars, cheetahs and mountain lions, or any hybrid; bears or any hybrid; and all non-native, venomous snakes.
  • Removes exemptions on who may possess slaughter, sell, purchase or otherwise acquire a dangerous regulated animal – this makes it uniformly illegal for individuals to privately own these animals.
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    Sponsor(s): Asm. Robert K. Sweeney (D-11), Sen. Andrew Lanza (R-24), and Sen. Tony Avella (D-11)

    New York: A. 10143/S. 7890 Restricts the Sale of Ivory and Rhino Horn [2014]

    Born Free USA Position: Support

    Update (August 13, 2014): Victory! Governor Cuomo signed this bill into law. Read our press release here.

    Update (June 17, 2014): Press Release -- "Governor Cuomo Announces Agreement With Legislative Leaders on Bill to Fight Illegal Ivory and Rhinoceros Horn Trade"

    Bill Description:
    It amends the environmental conservation law to prohibit the sale, purchase, trade, barter, and distribution of ivory and rhino horn articles.

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    Sponsor(s): Sen. Catherine E. Pugh (D-40, Baltimore City) and Del. Eric G. Luedtke (D-14, Montgomery County)

    Maryland: S.B. 827/H.B. 1124: Prohibiting Certain Exotics at Unaccredited Zoos [2014]

    Update: The governor signed this bill into law on April 14, 2014. It will be effective on July 1, 2014.
    Update (March, 2014): We have withdrawn our support of this bill after it was severely weakened through amendments in both the Senate and House. Changes to the bill are reflected in the italicized and stricken portions of the bill description below.

    Bill Description:
    This bill amends the Criminal Law code in the following ways:

  • A person may not allow the public to have contact with most exotic animals.
  • The owner of one of these exotic animals must report the potential exposure of a human to a zoonotic disease within 24 hours.
  • Makes changes to the categories exempted from the current prohibition on sale, trade, barter, possess, breed, or exchange of most exotics:

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  • Sponsor(s): Rep. Luis Arroyo (D-3)

    Illinois: H.B. 5386: Lion Meat Act [2014]

    Born Free USA Position: SUPPORT

    Update (March, 2014): This bill failed to make it out of the Agriculture and Conservation Committee before the deadline, so it is dead. We will continue working to add it as an amendment to another bill, or have it reintroduced in 2015.

    Bill Description:
    This bill, sponsored by Born Free USA, creates the Lion Meat Act. It provides that it is unlawful for any person to slaughter a lion or for any person to possess, breed, import or export from this state, buy or sell lions for the purpose of slaughter. It provides that it is unlawful to commercialize lion meat. It authorizes the Department of Agriculture to adopt and enforce any rules necessary to carry out the provisions of the act. And it provides that whoever violates any provision of the act shall be guilty of a Class A misdemeanor. Upon passage the bill would take effect immediately.

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    Sponsor(s): Assm. Celeste Riley (D-3)

    New Jersey: A.2410: Removing Trapping Limits for Beavers [2014]

    Born Free USA Position: OPPOSE

    This bill was known as A.3944/S.2665 during the 2012-13 session.

    Bill description:
    A.2410 would remove the 200 permit statutory limit for trapping beavers.

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    Sponsor(s): Rep. Terry Goodin (D-66)

    Indiana: H.B. 1128: Making it a Felony to Kill Endangered Species [2014]

    Born Free USA Position: SUPPORT

    Update: This bill failed to pass.

    Bill Description:
    Makes it a Level 6 felony for a person to intentionally kill a wild animal that is on the endangered species list.

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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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