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2014 State Legislation:

Sponsor(s): Rep. John Maher (R-40)

Pennsylvania: H.B. 1750: Ending Dog, Cat, and Pigeon Killing [2013-14]

Update (November 18, 2013): This bill passed the House, and is in the Senate.

Bill Description:
This bill would end the slaughtering or selling of dogs and cats for human consumption. An amendment would also end live pigeon shoots.

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Sponsor(s): Asw. Aileen Gunther (D-100), Asm. Josť Rivera (D-78), and Sen. James Seward (R-51)

New York: A. 1105/S. 3563: Longer Trap Check Intervals [2013-14]

Born Free USA Position: OPPOSE

Update: This bill failed to pass before the session ended.

Bill Description:
Exempts traps set in water and traps in the Northern Zone from the requirement that they be visited once every 24 hours; such traps shall be visited once every 48 hours or a shorter interval as determined by the department of environmental conservation.

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Sponsor(s): Sen. Mark Grisanti (R-60) and Asm. Tom Abinanti (D-92)

New York: S. 548c/A. 9137: Exemption to Snare Prohibition [2013-14]

Born Free USA Position: OPPOSE

Update: This bill failed to pass before the session ended.

Bill Description:
Adds an exemption to the snare prohibition by stipulating that the Department of Environmental Conservation may, by regulation, authorize the use of live restraint cable devices (snares) to trap coyote and other species in the northern zone.

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Sponsor(s): Sen. Raymond Lesniak (D-20) and Asm. Raj Mukherji (D-33)

New Jersey: S. 2012/A. 3128 Prohibits the Trade of Ivory and Rhino Horn [2014]

Born Free USA Position: SUPPORT

Update (August 5, 2014): Victory! This bill was signed into law by Governor Christie. Read our press release here.

Bill Description:
This bill prohibits the sale, purchase, or barter of ivory or rhinoceros horn and items containing ivory or rhinoceros horn, with limited exceptions.

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Sponsor(s): Sen. Rick Ward (R-17)

Louisiana: S.B. 250 Adds Another Exemption for Big Cat Ownership [2014]

Born Free USA Position: OPPOSE

Update (6/18/14): Governor Jindal signed this bill into law. The Animal Legal Defense Fund plans to challenge it as being unconstitutional.

Bill Description:
Under present law, the secretary of the Wildlife and Fisheries Commission is allowed to create rules to control the importation and private possession of big exotic cats. Current law also requires that these rules provide exceptions for big cats traditionally kept by colleges and universities, animal sanctuaries, zoos, wildlife research centers, and scientific organizations and for owners who can prove previous ownership.

This bill would change the definition of previous ownership to include persons who obtained their animal by lawful means and continuously possessed their animal since August 15, 2006.

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Sponsor(s): Rep. Michael W. Chippendale (R-40)

Rhode Island: H.B. 7859 to Allow the Killing of Otters [2014]

Born Free USA Position: OPPOSE

Update: This bill failed to pass before the session ended.

Bill Description:
It amends the existing prohibition on hunting or killing otters to allow hunting or trapping of otters if done in accordance with regulations adopted by the director of the Department of Environmental Management.

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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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