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2011 State Legislation:

New Jersey: S. 3061 Prevention of Illegal Trade in Tigers; Requirements for Possession [2011]

Born Free USA position: SUPPORT

Update: This bill passed the Senate but failed to pass the Assembly.

Bill description: This bill would require individuals to register and microchip any tiger they possess and establishes a state tiger registration and accounting system as well as methods of disposal to prevent the illegal trade of tigers and their parts.

California: AB 376 Would Ban Shark Finning [2011]

Born Free USA position: SUPPORT

Update (Oct. 7, 2011): This bill was signed into law by the governor.

Bill description: Assembly Bill 376 prohibits any person to possess, sell, offer for sale, trade or distribute shark fins. The bill exempts taking sharks for recreational/commercial purposes and persons with licenses/permits to take plant or animal life for scientific or educational purposes.

Read the full text of the bill and follow its progress here.

Note: The text and status of California bills is available here.

Oregon: HB 2838 Bans Sale and Possession of Shark Fins [2011]

Born Free USA position: SUPPORT

Update (June 2011): This bill was signed into law by Governor John Kitzhaber on June 16, 2011.
The new law bans the sale, trade, possession and distribution of shark fins, but reflects amendments made to the bill to exempt the following: 1) fins legally take from spiny dogfish; and (2) "sport" fishermen and fish processors with valid licenses.

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New York: A 6291/S 3858 Prohibits Trade and Possession of Bear Gallbladders [2011]

Born Free USA position: SUPPORT

Update (August 17, 2011): The governor signed this bill into law.

Bill description: Born Free USA helped draft this bill. It will prohibit the possession, sale, barter, offer, purchase, transportation, delivery, or receipt of bear gallbladder bile, or any product, item, or substance containing, or labeled or advertised as containing, bear gallbladders or bile.

Nevada: (Updated) AB 403 Would Make Bear Hunt Permanent [2011]

Born Free USA position: OPPOSE

Update (September 2011): State wildlife commissions voted 8-0 at a meeting in Reno to continue Nevada's first ever bear hunt again next year and every year after that from Aug. 20 to Dec. 31.

Update (June 2011): This bill did not pass. The Legislature adjourned has adjourned without reaching a Senate vote on this issue.

Bill description: Section 1.1 (c) of this bill will make the proposed black bear hunt (Aug. 20-Dec. 31) permanent.

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Washington: Victory! SB 5688 Bans Shark Finning [2011]

Born Free USA position: SUPPORT

Update (May 12, 2011): The bill was signed into law today!

Bill description: SB 5688 would make it a gross misdemeanor punishable by up to one year in jail and/or a $5,000 fine to offer, buy, sell a shark fin or shark fin derivative, or to prepare or process a shark fin or derivative for consumption. Violation of the proposed law would also trigger a one-year suspension of commercial fishing privileges.

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