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Arizona Residents: UPDATE: Governor Brewer Didn't Sign Bill that Would Harm Mexican Gray Wolves in Arizona

The Mexican gray wolf, a subspecies of the gray wolf, is teetering on the brink of extinction in the southwestern United States. Senator Gail Griffin’s bill widens the circumstances in which Mexican gray wolves may be killed, and S.B. 1211 recently passed the state legislature.

UPDATE: Thanks to your quick action, Governor Brewer did not sign the bill! Click here to thank her for her compassionate decision.

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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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