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2014 State Legislation:

Sponsor(s): Rep. Dave Deyoe (R-Story)

Iowa: H.F. 2302: Ban on Killing Cougars

Born Free USA Position: SUPPORT

Update (February 2014): Failed to advance before the deadline, meaning that this bill is dead.

Bill Description:
Would ban the hunting, trapping, or capturing of cougars (mountain lions).

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Sponsor(s): Sen. Matt McCoy (D-21, Des Moines) and Rep. Bobby Kaufmann (R-73, Cedar)

Iowa: S.F. 2020/S.F. 2021/H.F. 2023: Increasing Penalties for Animal Neglect

Born Free USA Position: SUPPORT

Update (February 2014): Failed to advance before the deadline, meaning that this bill is dead.

Bill Description:
Would increase the penalties for animal neglect and animal torture.

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Sponsor(s): Sen. Greg Ball (R-40) and Asm. Amy Paulin (D-88)

New York: S.6613/A.8832 to Prohibit Orcas in Captivity

Born Free USA Position: SUPPORT

Bill Description:
Prohibits the possession and harboring of killer whales in aquariums and sea parks.

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Sponsor(s): Committee on Appropriations

Kansas: H.B. 2737: Restricting Ownership of Exotic Animals

Born Free USA Position: SUPPORT

Update (March, 2014): This bill failed to get a hearing before the committee deadline, so it cannot pass this year.

Bill Description:

  • Adds “any nonhuman primate; [and] any wolf, excluding hybrids” to the definition of “dangerous regulated animal,” which already includes lions, tigers, leopards, jaguars, cheetahs and mountain lions, or any hybrid; bears or any hybrid; and all non-native, venomous snakes.
  • Removes exemptions on who may possess slaughter, sell, purchase or otherwise acquire a dangerous regulated animal – this makes it uniformly illegal for individuals to privately own these animals.
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    Sponsor(s): Assm. Robert K. Sweeney (D-11)

    New York: A. 8824 Bans the Sale of Ivory

    Born Free USA Position: Support

    Bill Description:
    It amends the environmental conservation law to prohibit the sale, purchase, trade, barter, and distribution of ivory articles. The definition of “ivory articles” includes both elephant and mammoth ivory, to ensure that illegal ivory cannot be passed off as a legal variety. It also increases the penalties for the illegal commercialization of fish, shellfish, crustacean, and wildlife, including ivory articles.

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    Sponsor(s): Sen. Catherine E. Pugh (D-40, Baltimore City) and Del. Eric G. Luedtke (D-14, Montgomery County)

    Maryland: S.B. 827/H.B. 1124: Prohibiting Certain Exotics at Unaccredited Zoos

    Update: The governor signed this bill into law on April 14, 2014. It will be effective on July 1, 2014.
    Update (March, 2014): We have withdrawn our support of this bill after it was severely weakened through amendments in both the Senate and House. Changes to the bill are reflected in the italicized and stricken portions of the bill description below.

    Bill Description:
    This bill amends the Criminal Law code in the following ways:

  • A person may not allow the public to have contact with most exotic animals (the full list of animals is in subsection (b)(1) of Section 10–621, Criminal Law code).
  • The owner of one of these exotic animals must report the potential exposure of a human to a zoonotic disease within 24 hours.
  • Makes changes to the categories exempted from the current prohibition on sale, trade, barter, possess, breed, or exchange of most exotics:

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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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