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Illinois


SB 1342 - ELEPHANT PROHIB-TRAV PERFORM

This bill will ban using African or Asian elephants protected under the Endangered Species Act in traveling animal acts. 

This bill passed committee and had a 2nd reading in the Senate. 

Bill Link: http://www.ilga.gov/legislation/BillStatus.asp?DocNum=1342&GAID=14&DocTypeID=SB&LegId=103659&SessionID=91&GA=100 

Kansas


HB 2276/SB 162   – Amending statutes concerning dangerous regulated animal

This bill will add all nonhuman primates and pure wolves to the dangerous regulated animal ban and revise the current grandfathering and exemptions. 

HB 2276 is in House Natural Federal and State Affairs Committee.

SB 162 is in Agriculture and Natural Resources.

Bill Link: http://www.kslegislature.org/li/b2017_18/measures/hb2276/

http://www.kslegislature.org/li/b2017_18/measures/sb162/



Nevada

AB 238 – Enacts provisions relating to the importation, possession, sale, transfer and breeding of dangerous wild animals.


This bill will ban possessing, selling and breeding dangerous wild animals on July 1, 2017 along with ALL public contact.  Dangerous wild animal means a live:
 
American and Asiatic black bears

Brown bear

Giant panda

Polar bear

Sloth bear

Spectacled bear

Sun bear

Cheetah

Clouded leopards (Both)

Jaguar

Leopard

Lion

Mountain lion

Snow leopard

Tiger

Hybrids of listed felines

Families: Atractaspdiidae, Elapidae and Hydrophiidae, Viperidae

Crocodilians

Twig snakes

Boomslangs

Primate other than human
Hyena and aardwolf

Those not exempt may keep their animals if they have NO convictions or fines by government entity for animal abuse or neglect or had an animal license or permit revoked or suspended, maintain records proving ownership, have $250,000 liability insurance and notifies local animal control of their presence.  USDA Class C zoos and circuses that meet the requirements are exempt from the ban but still need the insurance, a written escape plan, and records of acquisition/disposition and must not have prevented an inspection by the USDA within the last 3 years.    

This bill is in Assembly Natural Resources, Agriculture & Mining Committee.

Bill Link:  https://www.leg.state.nv.us/App/NELIS/REL/79th2017/Bill/5095/Overview



Texas

HB 2274/SB 1879 – Relating to registration and regulation of dangerous wild animals; providing penalties, creating a criminal offense, and authorizing a fee

This bill will ban ownership, breeding, selling and importing dangerous wild animals on September 1, 2017.  Dangerous wild animal means a:
 
Bears
Cheetah
Clouded leopards
Jaguar
Leopard
Lion
Mountain lion
Snow leopard
Tiger
Hybrids of listed felines
Baboon

Chimpanzee

Gorilla

Orangutan

Those not exempt may keep their animals if they have records showing prior ownership, NO convictions for animal cruelty or had an animal license or permit revoked or suspended, have emergency plan for escapes, provide an animal list to department and animal control, do not allow public contact,do NOT acquire new animals, and register with the department.  USDA Class A,B and C are exempt.


HB 2274 is in House Culture, Recreation and Tourism.

SB 1879 is in Agriculture, Water & Rural Affairs.

Bill Link: http://www.legis.state.tx.us/BillLookup/History.aspx?LegSess=85R&Bill=HB2274

http://www.legis.state.tx.us/BillLookup/History.aspx?LegSess=85R&Bill=SB1879