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2014 State Legislation:

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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Sponsor(s): Sen. Kim David (R-18) and Rep. Leslie Osborn (R-47)

Oklahoma: S.B. 178: Requires Permits for Big Cat Ownership

Born Free USA Position: SUPPORT

Bill Description:
The purpose of this bill is to establish minimum requirements for the keeping and breeding of exotic felines in captivity.

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Sponsor(s): Rep. Jason Lewis (D-31st Middlesex)

Massachusetts: H.B. 4088: An Act Relative to Ocean Ecology and Shark Protection [2014]

Born Free USA position: SUPPORT

Update (July 24, 2014): Victory! This bill was signed into law by Governor Deval Patrick. Read our press release here.

Update (May, 2014): This bill was previously numbered HB 3571 -- the number changed when it passed the House and moved to the Senate.

Description:
This bill would restrict the possession, trade, and sale of shark fins in Massachusetts.

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Sponsor(s): Sen. Jack Martins (R-7) and Assm. Deborah Glick (D-66)

New York: S.4074/A.3661: Prohibiting Wildlife Killing Contests

Born Free USA Position: SUPPORT

Bill Description:

This bill prohibits anyone from organizing, conducting, promoting or participating in any contest or competition where the objective is to kill the greatest number of wildlife. If a contest is held illegally and wildlife is injured, they will be given treatment or humane euthanasia.

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Sponsor(s): Sen. Raymond Lesniak (D-20) and Assm. Jack M. Ciattarelli (R-16)

New Jersey: S.2057/A.1145 Prohibits Ownership and Sale of Shark Fins

Born Free USA Position: SUPPORT

Bill Description:

This bill would, after Jan 1, 2015, prohibit the sale, offering for sale, trade, distribution, or possession of any shark fin that has been separated from a shark prior to its lawful landing. It still allows, however, the removal and possession of shark fins from the body of a shark only if the shark has been lawfully-landed and the fins are removed during the ordinary course of preparing the shark's body.

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Sponsor(s): Reps. Warren Petryk (R-93), Terese Berceau (D-77), Janet Bewley (D-74), Garey Bies (R-1), Robb Kahl (D-47), Christine Sinicki (D-20), and Alvin Ott (R-3)

Wisconsin: A.B. 703 Prohibits Most Exotic Pets

Born Free USA Position: SUPPORT

Update (March, 2014): This bill failed to get a vote before the deadline, so it is dead. We are hopeful it will be reintroduced next year.

Update (February, 2014): This bill was amended in the Assembly Committee On Consumer Protection. See the italicized and stricken portions of the Bill Description below for details.

Bill Description:

This bill generally prohibits the possession, breeding, and sale of dangerous exotic animals. Dangerous exotic animals are defined as nonnative big cats, including lions and tigers; nonnative bears, including brown bears and polar bears; apes, including gorillas, chimpanzees, and gibbons; and crocodilians, including alligators, crocodiles, and caimans.

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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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