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2011 State Legislation:


Indiana: SB 17 Regulating Exotic Reptile Sales and Release of Exotics into the Wild [2011]

Born Free USA position: SUPPORT

Update: The bill died after not passing committee by the Feb. 21, 2011, deadline.

Bill description: This bill is a strong first step toward addressing the multitude of problems associated with keeping wildlife in captivity. SB 17 would make it a Class C misdemeanor (a maximum $2,500 penalty, with a $500 minimum) to knowingly release an exotic (non-native, wild or feral other than a dog or cat) animal into the wild without legal authorization or to knowingly sell an exotic reptile without a permit.

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Nebraska: LB 64 Strengthens Nebraska’s Captive Wildlife Permit Law

Born Free USA position: SUPPORT

Update: This bill is inactive. The Nebraska Legislature did not act on this bill before adjourning on May 26, 2011.

Bill description: Legislative Bill 64 is a strong first step in addressing the multitude of problems associated with wildlife in captivity. The bill proposes amendments to Nebraska’s captive wildlife permit laws by requiring individuals who purchase, possess, breed or sell wild birds, a list of specific wild mammals (including but not limited to big cats, canids, bears, primates and elephants), wild reptiles, nongame and endangered or threatened species, to first obtain an annual permit.

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West Virginia: HB 2372 Prohibits Abusive Treatment of Elephants by an Owner or Manager

Born Free USA position: SUPPORT

Bill description: House Bill 2372 makes abusing an elephant a crime. Owners and managers face a misdemeanor penalty punishable by a maximum year in jail and/or maximum $20,000 fine if they engage in any abusive behavior toward the elephant, including but not limited to starvation, electrocution, physical punishment that breaks the skin, insertion of any instrument into any bodily orifice, use of martingale chains, and use of block and tackle.

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South Carolina: S. 253 Prohibits Bear Baying, Fox Penning and Possession of Captive Bears

Born Free USA position: SUPPORT

Bill description: Senate Bill 253 would amend South Carolina’s Animal Fighting and Baiting Act to include bear baying and fox penning as prohibited activities. Currently the act exempts both activities from the state’s general prohibitions on animal fighting and baiting. The important bill also would make it illegal to possess a captive bear for any purpose other than educational or scientific purposes.

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

Thank you for your willingness to speak out for animal protection issues! Your voice has the power to help influence elected officials to improve the lives of countless animals. It's time to get involved, if you are not already.

Please be aware that our State Legislative webpages do not necessarily list every animal protection bill pending in the various state legislatures. If you are aware of a bill in your state that concerns wildlife or captive exotic animals that is not listed on our website, please contact legislation@bornfreeusa.org.

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