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2014 State Legislation:

Sponsor(s): Sen. Raymond J. Lesniak (D-20)

New Jersey: S. 687 Requires Bear-Proof Containers [2014]

Born Free USA Position: SUPPORT

This bill was known as A.2963/S.2369 during the 2012-13 session.

Bill Description:
The bill requires campgrounds, closed communities and municipalities in bear habitat (as identified by the state) to use bear-resistant bins and dumpsters. It also restricts baiting for bear or deer in bear habitat.

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Sponsor(s): Sponsor(s): Assm. Brian P. Kavanagh (D-74)

New York: A. 2050: Limiting Sport Trapping Opportunities [2013]

Born Free USA Position: SUPPORT

Bill Description:
Prohibits a person who owns, operates or manages a facility that harbors fox, otter, beaver or muskrat to knowingly allow trapping on his or her land by any person who pays a fee to trap for sport.

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Sponsor(s): Sen. David Marsden (D-37)

Virginia: S.B. 42: Restrictions on Fox Penning [2014]

Born Free USA Position: SUPPORT

Update (4/4/14): This bill was signed into law by the governor.
Update (February, 2014): This bill was weakened through amendments in both the Senate and House committees. These changes are reflected in the italicized portion of the bill description below.

Bill Description:
As originally introduced, S.B. 42 would have outlawed the brutal “sport” of fox penning. The bill made it a Class 1 misdemeanor for any person to erect or maintain an enclosure for the purpose of pursuing, hunting, or killing or attempting to pursue, hunt, or kill a fox or coyote with dogs. The bill also made it a Class 1 misdemeanor to pursue a fox or coyote within such an enclosure with dogs, to stage or participate in any competition where such pursuit occurs, or to give or accept any award relating to such a competition.

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Sponsor(s): Sponsor(s): Sen. Clayton Hee (D-23) and Rep. Karl Rhoades (D-29)

Hawaii: S.B. 2040/H.B. 2183: Prohibiting the Trade and Ownership of Ivory [2014]

Born Free USA Position: SUPPORT

Update: S.B. 2040 died in February 2014 when it was not assigned a hearing before the deadline. H.B. 2183 died in March 2014 when it failed to cross over to the Senate before the deadline.
Another bill to ban the trade of ivory, H.B. 493, was introduced in March 2014.

Bill Description:

Prohibits any person, firm, partnership, or corporation from importing, selling, offering to sell, or possessing with intent to sell any ivory product. Ivory is defined as any product containing or advertised as containing raw or worked ivory teeth or tusks from any species of wildlife, including elephants, hippopotamuses, walruses, whales, and narwhals.

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Sponsor(s): Sponsor: Del. David Albo (R-42)

Virginia: H.B. 1188: Prohibiting Acts Associated with Fox Penning [2014]

Born Free USA Position: SUPPORT

Update: This bill died in the Criminal Law subcommittee on 2/4/14. However, another version passed (see S.B. 42)

Bill Description:
H.B. 1188 prohibits the exchange of money and trophies at any event at which a dog and either a coyote or a fox are placed into an enclosed area. The penalty for a violation of the provisions of this bill is a class 6 felony.

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Sponsor(s): Assm. Linda Rosenthal (D-67)

New York: A.8329: Training Nuisance Wildlife Control Operators in Nonlethal Methods [2014]

Born Free USA Position: SUPPORT

Update (June, 2014): This bill failed to pass before the end of the session, so it is dead.
Update (May 30, 2014): This bill was severely weakened through amendments. Read the amended version here.

Bill Description:

This bill requires nuisance wildlife control operators to use non-lethal methods that avoid injuring the “nuisance” animal, unless prohibited by a different law or necessary to protect public safety or the environment. Additionally, animals caught in box traps or otherwise captured alive must be released alive in most circumstances. If the captured animal is distressed, diseased, or injured, the nuisance wildlife control operator must transport the animal to a veterinarian or licensed wildlife rehabilitator.

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