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2014 State Legislation:

Sponsor(s): Rep. Luis Arroyo (D-3)

Illinois: H.B. 5386: Lion Meat Act

Born Free USA Position: SUPPORT

Update (March, 2014): This bill failed to make it out of the Agriculture and Conservation Committee before the deadline, so it is dead. We will continue working to add it as an amendment to another bill, or have it reintroduced in 2015.

Bill Description:
This bill, sponsored by Born Free USA, creates the Lion Meat Act. It provides that it is unlawful for any person to slaughter a lion or for any person to possess, breed, import or export from this state, buy or sell lions for the purpose of slaughter. It provides that it is unlawful to commercialize lion meat. It authorizes the Department of Agriculture to adopt and enforce any rules necessary to carry out the provisions of the act. And it provides that whoever violates any provision of the act shall be guilty of a Class A misdemeanor. Upon passage the bill would take effect immediately.

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Sponsor(s): Assm. Celeste Riley (D-3)

New Jersey: A.2410: Removing Trapping Limits for Beavers

Born Free USA Position: OPPOSE

This bill was known as A.3944/S.2665 during the 2012-13 session.

Bill description:
A.2410 would remove the 200 permit statutory limit for trapping beavers.

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Sponsor(s): Rep. Terry Goodin (D-66)

Indiana: H.B. 1128: Making it a Felony to Kill Endangered Species

Born Free USA Position: SUPPORT

Bill Description:
Makes it a Level 6 felony for a person to intentionally kill a wild animal that is on the endangered species list.

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Sponsor(s): Sen. Kim David (R-18) and Rep. Leslie Osborn (R-47)

Oklahoma: S.B. 178: Requires Permits for Big Cat Ownership

Born Free USA Position: SUPPORT

Bill Description:
The purpose of this bill is to establish minimum requirements for the keeping and breeding of exotic felines in captivity.

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Massachusetts: HB 3571: An Act Relative to Ocean Ecology and Shark Protection

Born Free USA position: SUPPORT

Description: This bill contributes to shark conservation efforts by banning the possession, trade, and sale of shark fins. Similar bans exist in Hawaii, California, Washington, Oregon, Illinois, Delaware, Maryland, American Samoa, Northern Mariana Islands, and Guam.

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Sponsor(s): Sen. Jack Martins (R-7) and Assm. Deborah Glick (D-66)

New York: S.4074/A.3661: Prohibiting Wildlife Killing Contests

Born Free USA Position: SUPPORT

Bill Description:

This bill prohibits anyone from organizing, conducting, promoting or participating in any contest or competition where the objective is to kill the greatest number of wildlife. If a contest is held illegally and wildlife is injured, they will be given treatment or humane euthanasia.

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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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