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2012 State Legislation:

Delaware: HB 324 Would Ban the Shark Fin Trade

Born Free USA position: SUPPORT

Bill description: This bill is would prohibit possession, sale, offer for sale, trade or distribution of shark fins.

Read the bill here.

New York: A10041/S7078 — Born Free USA Exotic “Pets” Bill (UPDATED)

Born Free USA position: SUPPORT

Update (August 2012): This bill has been signed into law.

Update (July 2012): This bill has passed both houses of the state Legislature and awaits the signature of Gov. Andrew Cuomo.

Bill description: This bill was drafted by Born Free USA and would require "owners" to pay for damages or expenses incurred when their exotic "pets" are released from their enclosures. The bill also requires people to immediately report discovered releases to local police and animal control.

Read the bill here.

Alabama: SB 355 Weakens Trapping Law

Born Free USA position: OPPOSE

Bill description: This bill would delete the use of plastic tags on traps and delete the requirement that the license number of the owner of a trap be contained on any tag.

Read the full text of the bill here (PDF).

Iowa: HF 145 Restricts Trapping

Born Free USA position: SUPPORT

Bill description: This bill would prohibit trapping with Conibear traps and snares near the entry to a private drive of a residence without permission.

Read the full text of the bill here (PDF).

Louisiana: HB 231 Restricts Trade of Live Animals

Born Free USA position: SUPPORT

Bill description: This bill would prohibit trade of any live animal on any highway, right-of-way, public park, public playground, public swimming pool, any other public recreational area, flea market,
commercial or retail parking lot, or adjacent property to such locations.

Read the text of the bill here.

California: SB 1221 Prohibits Hounding of Bears and Bobcats (UPDATED)

Born Free USA position: SUPPORT

Update (September 2012): This passed the Assembly floor on Aug. 22 and passed the Senate floor a second time on Aug. 27. It is now headed to the governor’s office.

Update (July 2, 2012): The bill today passed the Water Parks and Wildlife Committee in a vote of 8-4.

Update (June 2012): This bill us up for reconsideration in the Assembly Water Parks and Wildlife Committee.

Bill description: Introduced by Sen. Ted W. Lieu (D-Torrance), it would prohibit hunters from using packs of dogs to pursue bears and bobcats in California. In “hounding,” radio-collared dogs are used to track, chase and run down animals. Using a portable receiver, the hunter can determine when the pursued animal is trapped in a tree and then comes to shoot that animal at point-blank range.

In their frantic retreat from the dogs, bears and bobcats endure a tremendous amount of stress. In addition, hounding may separate mother bears from their cubs, leaving the young orphaned or even caught and torn up by the dogs. The dogs themselves also placed at extreme risk of injury from encounters with wild and terrified bears and bobcats.

Read and track the progress of this 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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