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2012 State Legislation:


New York: A. 3509 Prohibits Certain Wildlife Killing Contests (UPDATED)

Born Free USA position: SUPPORT

Update (August 2012): The bill died in committee.

Bill description: This bill prohibits organizing, conducting, promoting or participating in any contest to take the greatest number of wildlife.

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


New York: AB 76 and SB 1854 Protect Elephants from Abuse (UPDATED)

Born Free USA position: SUPPORT

Update (August 2012): The bill did not pass this year.

Bill description: This bill requires entities that bring elephants into the state as part of a traveling exhibition to file an itinerary of each elephant's stay in the state with the department of agriculture and markets at least days before the elephant arrives in the state; authorizes the imposition of up to a $1,000 civil penalty for failure to file such itinerary.

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New York: AB 3731 Prohibits Bushmeat (UPDATED)

Born Free USA position: SUPPORT

Update (August 2012): The bill did not pass this year.

Bill description: This bill was drafted by Born Free USA and will prohibit possession, importation, transportation, sale or taking of the flesh, bones, skeleton, skull, blood, organ, other body parts or carcass of species commonly known to be in the bushmeat trade. A Senate companion bill is forthcoming.

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


New York: A01843 Adds Wildlife to the Aggravated Cruelty Statute (UPDATED)

Born Free USA position: SUPPORT

Update (August 2012): The bill did not pass this year.

Bill description: This bill would include wildlife to New York’s aggravated cruelty statue. Currently the statue only penalizes intentional killing and intentional physical injury to companion animals.

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Pennsylvania: HB 1398 Would Permanently Ban Private Possession of Exotics (UPDATED)

Born Free USA position: SUPPORT

Update (August 2012): The bill did not pass this year.

Bill description: This bill would add non-human primates to the state’s list of “exotic wildlife” and fully ban private possession of these animals. Upon passage, after Jan. 1, 2012, permits would not be issued for private possession. Exotic wildlife dealers and menageries would be exempt. Upon Born Free USA’s request, the bill sponsor has agreed to also include an exemption for exotic wildlife sanctuaries.
Read the bill here.


Massachusetts: HB 3271 Would Allow Possession and Trade of Sugar Glider Marsupial Possums (UPDATED)

Born Free USA position: OPPOSE

Update (March 2012): This bill has been put on hold for further study and is currently inactive.

Bill description: This bill would allow sugar gliders to be imported, possessed, maintained, propagated, bought, sold, exchanged or offered for sale without a license or permit from the division. Currently, permits for these exotic mammals are issued to zoos, science centers or educational institutions.
Read the bill 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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