Home Page Home | Search Search | Online Store Store | Donate Donate | RSS Feeds RSS Feeds |  


2014 State Legislation:

Sponsor(s): Asw. Aileen Gunther (D-100), Asm. Josť Rivera (D-78), and Sen. James Seward (R-51)

New York: A. 1105/S. 3563: Longer Trap Check Intervals

Born Free USA Position: OPPOSE

Update: This bill passed the NY Senate on 6/11/14, and was referred to the Assembly Enviromental Conservation Committee.

Bill Description:
Exempts traps set in water and traps in the Northern Zone from the requirement that they be visited once every 24 hours; such traps shall be visited once every 48 hours or a shorter interval as determined by the department of environmental conservation.

Read More

Sponsor(s): Sen. Mark Grisanti (R-60) and Asm. Tom Abinanti (D-92)

New York: S. 548c/A. 9137: Exemption to Snare Prohibition

Born Free USA Position: OPPOSE

Bill Description:
Adds an exemption to the snare prohibition by stipulating that the Department of Environmental Conservation may, by regulation, authorize the use of live restraint cable devices (snares) to trap coyote and other species in the northern zone.

Read More

Sponsor(s): Sen. Raymond Lesniak (D-20) and Asm. Raj Mukherji (D-33)

New Jersey: S. 2012/A. 3128 Prohibits the Trade of Ivory and Rhino Horn

Born Free USA Position: SUPPORT

Update: This bill passed the NJ legislature on June 16, 2014. Read our press release here. It now requires the governor's signature to become law.

Bill Description:
This bill prohibits the sale, purchase, or barter of ivory or rhinoceros horn and items containing ivory or rhinoceros horn, with limited exceptions.

Read More

Sponsor(s): Sen. Rick Ward (R-17)

Louisiana: S.B. 250 Adds Another Exemption for Big Cat Ownership

Born Free USA Position: OPPOSE

Update (6/18/14): Governor Jindal signed this bill into law. The Animal Legal Defense Fund plans to challenge it as being unconstitutional.

Bill Description:
Under present law, the secretary of the Wildlife and Fisheries Commission is allowed to create rules to control the importation and private possession of big exotic cats. Current law also requires that these rules provide exceptions for big cats traditionally kept by colleges and universities, animal sanctuaries, zoos, wildlife research centers, and scientific organizations and for owners who can prove previous ownership.

This bill would change the definition of previous ownership to include persons who obtained their animal by lawful means and continuously possessed their animal since August 15, 2006.

Read More

Sponsor(s): Rep. Michael W. Chippendale (R-40)

Rhode Island: H.B. 7859 to Allow the Killing of Otters

Born Free USA Position: OPPOSE

Bill Description:
It amends the existing prohibition on hunting or killing otters to allow hunting or trapping of otters if done in accordance with regulations adopted by the director of the Department of Environmental Management.

Read More

Sponsor(s): Asm. Richard Bloom (D-50)

California: A.B. 2140 to Prohibit Orcas in Captivity for Entertainment [2014]

Born Free USA Position: SUPPORT

Update (April, 2014): The Assembly Water, Parks, And Wildlife Committee decided to put the bill on hold until mid-2015, and conduct a study on sea park conditions in the meantime.

Bill Description:
This bill would make it illegal to:

  • Keep orcas in captivity or use them for performance or entertainment purposes
  • Capture orcas intended to be used for entertainment in state waters, or import them from another state
  • Breed an orca in captivity
  • Read More

    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.

    Index 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 Next  State Map

    rss Subscribe   subscribe Legislation by Email

    Legislation
    Legislation