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Pennsylvania Legislation

Sponsor(s): Sen. Richard Alloway (R-33) and Rep. Gary Haluska (D-73)

S.B. 521/H.B. 575: Prohibiting Exotic Pets

Born Free USA position: SUPPORT

Bill description:
Prohibits private ownership of exotic wildlife, including bears, big cats, primates, and other potentially dangerous animals.

  • People who already have such pets would be allowed to keep them, as long as they have a permit.
  • Expands and strengthens the definition of exotic wildlife and of exotic wildlife dealers.
  • Prohibits the public to have direct contact with exotic wildlife at menageries.

Background:
A similar bill in 2012 never made it to the Senate floor. Thirty-three states have more stringent laws regarding ownership of exotic pets than Pennsylvania.

Take Action:
Pennsylvania residents, use this form to contact your state legislators and urge them to support this important legislation!

Read the full text and follow the progress of S.B. 521 here, and H.B. 575 here.

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