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eNews and Action Alert

Join Us at "Illinois Voices for Animals Day!"

Join the ASPCA, Born Free USA, and others in Springfield on Wednesday, May 7 for Illinois Voices for Animals Day. This is a great opportunity to let state lawmakers know that you support animal protection and oppose laws that would allow animals to be hurt and exploited.

Date: Wednesday, May 7, 2014
Time: 10:00 A.M. to 3:00 P.M.
Place: Statehouse Inn Assembly Room, for a free breakfast before the program and time to network with follow activists: 101 E Adams St., Springfield, IL 62701
Cost: Free! Please RSVP by May 2 if you plan to attend.
Questions?: Please email grassroots@aspca.org.

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Legislation

S.B. 250 Adds Another Exemption for Big Cat Ownership

Update (4/14/14): The Senate Committee on Natural Resources amended the bill and removed the most harmful line. These changes are reflected in the italicized and stricken portions of the Bill Description below.

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 add an additional exception for owners who hold a USDA Class C exhibitor's license. It also allows retroactive application of this exemption, so that Class C exhibitors who had to give up their big cats before may be able to get them back. This bill defines previous ownership as persons who obtained their animal by lawful means and continuously possessed their animal since August 15, 2006.

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