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2012 State Legislation:


Illinois: HB 4119 Would Ban the Shark Fin Trade [2012]

Born Free USA position: SUPPORT

Update (July 2012): This bill was signed into law by Gov. Pat Quinn on July 1, 2012.

Update: This bill was passed by the Illinois State Senate on May 15, 2012, and now awaits the signature of Gov. Pat Quinn.

Bill description: House Bill 4119 would prohibit the possession, sale, trade or distribution of shark fins in Illinois.

Read the bill text here.


Maryland: HB 393/SB 465 Would Ban the Shark Fin Trade [2012]

Born Free USA position: SUPPORT

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

Bill description: House Bill 393 would prohibit the possession, sale, trade or distribution of shark fins or tails in Maryland.

Read the bill text here.


West Virginia: West Virginia's SB 477 Restricts Private Possession of Exotic Animals (UPDATED)

Born Free USA position: SUPPORT

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

Bill description: This historic bill was initiated by Born Free USA and finally would restrict private possession of exotic animals in The Mountain State.

Read more here.


Tennessee: HB 3487/SB 3692 Bans Private Possession of Primates (UPDATED)

Born Free USA position: SUPPORT

Update (August 2012): The bill was withdrawn.

Bill description: This bill would prohibit any person to possess, sell, transfer or breed a primate. The bill exempts persons who posses primates on or before July 1, 2012, provided they follow certain registration and welfare requirements and are not convicted on or after July 1, 2012, of an offense involving the abuse or neglect of any animal pursuant to any state, local or federal law.

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


Idaho: S. 1239 Requires a 36-Hour Trap Check [2012]

Born Free USA position: SUPPORT

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

Bill description: This bill requires trappers to visit traps (with the exception of traps set for unprotected rodents) at least once every 36 hours and removing any catch therein. While a minimum 24-hour trap check is preferred, Born Free USA supports this bill as a strong step forward for Idaho.

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


Oklahoma: HB 2191 Prohibits Breeding of Captive Wildlife (UPDATED)

Born Free USA position: SUPPORT

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

Bill description: This bill makes it illegal to intentionally or negligently breed captive big cats or any species of nonhuman primate. Violators are subject to a maximum 2,000 fine and/or jail time for up to 30 days. The bill does not apply to facilities accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) or any AZA-certified related facility, provided those facilities prohibit public contact with any animal of any species or hybrid listed in subsection A of this section. While Born Free USA would rather not see an exemption, we believe this is a strong step forward for Oklahoma and that the bill needs to pass.

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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