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

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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