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2012 State Legislation:


Michigan: SB 1236: Allows Public to Touch Bear Cubs

Born Free USA position: OPPOSE

Bill description: This bill changes the Michigan Large Carnivore Act to allow exhibitors to allow contact between the public and bear cubs less than 36 weeks of age.

Read bill text here.


New Jersey: ACR40: Makes Hunting, Fishing, Trapping Constitutional Rights

Born Free USA position: OPPOSE

Bill description: This resolution puts to public vote a proposed amendment to the state constitution protecting the right of citizens to hunt, fish, trap and otherwise harvest wildlife.

Read the bill here.


New Jersey: S2233: Regulate Possession of Exotic Animals

Born Free USA position: SUPPORT

Bill description: This bill requires individuals seeking a license to own an exotic animal to provide proof of liability insurance.

Read the bill here.

Sponsor(s): Sen. Raymond J. Lesniak (D-20), and Assm. Reed Gusciora (D-15), Connie Wagner (D-38), and John F. McKeon (D-27)

New Jersey: A2963/S2369: Requires Bear-Proof Containers

Born Free USA position: SUPPORT

Update: This bill has now become S.687 in the 2014-14 session.

Bill description: Requires that food and food waste be stored in bear-proof containers to minimize bear-human conflict. The bill applies to all people and facilities in all areas black bears are known to frequent. Violations would result in a fine between $50 and $1,000.

Read the bill here.


California: SB 1480 Protects Wildlife from Most Egregious Nuisance Trapping Practices [2012]

Born Free USA position: SUPPORT

Update (Sept. 26, 2012): Unexpectedly and unfortunately, Gov. Jerry Brown vetoed this bill.

Update (September 2012): This bill passed the Assembly floor on Aug. 23 and passed the Senate floor a second time on Aug. 27, and now it is headed to the governor’s office.

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South Carolina: S.1204 Exotic Animal and Reptile Control and Regulation Act

Born Free USA position: SUPPORT

Bill description: This bill would prohibit people from future acquisition and possession of exotic animals, while placing certain requirements on current “owners.” The bill also would establish other safeguards, such as prohibiting public contact with exotics.

Read the full text of the bill and follow its progress here.

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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