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2014 State Legislation:

Sponsor(s): Assm. Linda Rosenthal (D-67) and Sen. Tony Avella (D-Queens)

New York: A. 9004/S. 6903 Prohibits Public Contact with Wild Animals

Born Free USA Position: SUPPORT

Bill Description:
It amends the Environmental Conservation Law by stipulating that direct contact between the public and wild animals is prohibited. Direct contact includes activities such as playing with an animal or having a photograph taken with a wild animal in the absence of a permanent physical barrier. The list of wild animals is already defined in subdivision 6(e) of section 11-0103 of the existing law.

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Sponsor(s): Sen. Norby Chabert (R-20)

Louisiana: S.B. 357 Bans Private Ownership of Dangerous Snakes

Born Free USA Position: Support

Bill Description:
This bill bans the importation or private possession of certain constrictor and venomous snakes.

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Sponsor(s): Sen. Thomas Casperson (R-38)

Michigan: S.B. 759: Trapping Beaver for Fur

Born Free USA Position: OPPOSE

Bill Description:
Allows a licensed fur dealer to trap beavers.

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Sponsor(s): Rep. Maria Antonia Berrios (D-39)

Illinois: H.B. 3779: Increasing Penalties for Animal Cruelty

Born Free USA Position: SUPPORT

Bill Description:
Amends the Humane Care for Animals Act to increase the penalties for convictions of cruel treatment, aggravated cruelty, and animal torture. It changes the penalties for different violations from misdemeanors to felonies, or from one class of felony to a more severe class.

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Sponsor(s): Rep. Michael J. Zalewski (D-23)

Illinois: H.B. 5940 Alters Rules for Ownership of Exotic Animals

Update (March, 2014): Two amendments made in the House Judiciary Committee significantly weakened this bill. See the italicized and stricken portions of the Bill Description for more details.

Bill Description:
This bill amends the statute on ownership of "dangerous animals," which are defined as a lion, tiger, leopard, ocelot, jaguar, cheetah, margay, mountain lion, lynx, bobcat, jaguarundi, bear, hyena, wolf or coyote, or any poisonous or life-threatening reptile.

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Sponsor(s): Rep. Wayne Rosenthal (R-95)

Illinois: H.B. 4226 to Allow Hunting/Trapping of Bobcats

Born Free USA Position: OPPOSE

Bill Description:
It removes the prohibition on killing bobcats in Illinois. It establishes that there will be an annual open season during which people may trap or hunt bobcats with a gun, dog, or bow and arrow. Only one bobcat may be killed per permit per season.

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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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