NORTH CAROLINA   HB 577  Limit Ownership of Certain Animals.

Species: Nonnative bears, Panthera cats, great apes (chimpanzee, orangutan, gorilla)

Sector: All except following are exempt from ban only:

  • USDA
  • Research
  • Wildlife sanctuary (refuge with NO commercial activity, entertainment or traveling exhibits, breeding of such animals)
  • Incorporated nonprofit animal protection organization (temporary)
  • Veterinary hospital, clinic, practices, veterinarians, employees
  • Law enforcement
  • Circus (no in state facility)
  • Temporary transport through state less than 24 hours if not exhibited
  • AAALACMotion picture/ television

Type: Ban – Import, Possess, Breed, Sale, Purchase

Description:  Bans import, possession, keeping, purchasing, having custody of, breeding or selling big cats, bears and great apes except those exempt and grandfathered animals 6/1/19

Status: Passed House w amendment A1 & A2 5/2  – Senate 1st reading - Rules and Operations of the Senate

A1 removes authority of county residents to file civil action against owner.  A2 requires the Requires Joint Oversight Committee to study the entities exempt in bill and what safety requirements and regulations exist, procedures to review any incidents, whether liability insurance is required, and whether additional statutes or regulations are necessary to protect from human death or injury – Report due 4/1/20.

MICHIGAN HB 4594 Crimes; animals; ownership, possession, breeding, sale, and importing of nonhuman primates; prohibit with certain exceptions and provide penalty.

Species: Nonhuman primates

Sector: All except AZA, AAALAC, GFAS or ASA sanctuary, USDA, law enforcement, veterinarian, permitting agency, animal control, grandfathered animal owners

Type: Ban – Possess, Own, Transfer, Breed, Import


  • Bans owning and possessing nonhuman primates
  • Bans transferring ownership except to exempt entity other than grandfathered owner
  • Bans breeding except AZA or AAALAC
  • Bans import unless state agency gives prior authorization and primate given permanent IDPenalty is misdemeanor of 1) removal of primate AND up to 93 days imprisonment, 500 hours of community service and/or $500-1000 fine

Status: 1st reading - Agriculture


ARKANSAS                       Agency Rule R1.02, R1.03, F1.03   

Captive Wildlife


New Permitted:

  • Grévy's, plains, and mountains zebra, water buffalo, addax, brindled gnu, gaur, Gerenuk, Himalayan tahr goat, impala
  • tamarins, black-tufted marmoset, Geoffroy's marmoset

New Prohibited:

  • Capybara
  • Nilgai, aoudad sheep, oryx, kudu, lechwe, ibex, hippo, warthog, rhino
  • jaguar, leopard, snow leopard

Sector: All

Type: Positive – Legalizes species; Ban – Possess, Sell, Breed


  • Adds several species to the permitted wildlife list that are legal to possess and breed with a permit
  • Adds several species to the prohibited list that may not be possessed, bred or sold except those on 11/21/19
  • Adds all new prohibited species except oryx to list of animals that wildlife breeder/dealer permits can only sell to other permit holders or out-of-state
  • Brindled gnu must test negative for Alcelaphine herpesvirus-1 to be imported

StatusComments due 10/16/19 – Discussion hearing on 10/17

Discussion Hearing:

Oct 17 @ 9 am
Little Rock Office Complex

2 Natural Resources Drive

Little Rock, AR 72205


CALIFORNIA SB 313 Animals: prohibition on use in circuses

Species: ALL except domestic cats, domestic dogs and domestic horses

Sector: Circuses except rodeo

Type: Ban - Circus

Description:  Bans using any animal other than a domestic dog or cat or horse in circuses with $25,000 per day civil penalty

StatusSigned into law 10/12/19 - Chapter 768

MASSACHUSETTS              H 2934/S 1028

An Act relative to the use of elephants, big cats, primates,

and bears in traveling exhibits and shows

Species: Elephants, big cats (lion, tiger, leopard, clouded leopard, snow leopard, jaguar, cheetah, mountain lion & hybrids), nonhuman primates, bears

Sector: Traveling Exhibitors except nonmobile permanent institution or fixed facility

Type: Ban – Traveling Act

Description: Bans using covered animal in traveling act except nonmobile permanent institution or fixed facility if not transported there for performance – Civil penalty up to $500 - $10,000 per animal

Status: Joint committee Tourism, Arts and Cultural Development – Hearing 10/22

NEW YORK                     Agency Rule 6 NYCRR Part 180.1

Animals dangerous to health or welfare.

Species: Dangerous Animals =

  • bears
  • nondomestic dogs and raccoon dogs except fennec fox
  • nondomestic cats except TICA and CFA hybrids
  • Crocodilians;
  • Asiatic, Nile, white-throat, black-throat, and crocodile monitors;
  • Komodo dragon;
  • green, yellow, Beni, and DeSchauensee's anaconda;
  • Amethystine, Indian, Burmese, reticulated, Northern and Southern African pythons;
  • Elapidae, Viperidae, Attractaspis, Homoroselaps;
  • natal black snake; Montpellier snake; boomslang; twig snake; tiger keelback; red-necked keelback;
  • Lichtenstein’s racer; Patagonian racer;
  • beaded lizard; Gila monster
  • North American badger, skunk, wolverine
  • raccoon
  • all primates
  • rhino
  • bats

Sector: All except:

  • Scientific research
  • Rehab of bobcat, American black bear, coyote, gray and red fox, native bats, raccoon, striped skunk, massasauga, Northern copperhead and timber rattlesnake
  • Grandfathered pets 11-0512
  • Furbearer propagation permit
  • Nuisance wildlife control
  • Destructive or menacing wildlife
  • Agricultural pursuit of domestic ranch fox
  • Veterinarian or SPCA
  • USDA research facilitiesAssurance from National Institute of Health for non-mammals

Type: Ban – Possess, Import, Sale Transport, etc.

Description:  Adds new species to the dangerous list by banning import, transport, possess, purchase and sale except for license issued for scientific, educational, exhibition, zoological or propagation purposes that must be renewed annually

StatusComments due 11/10/19

Mail: Joseph Therrien
Division of Fish and Wildlife
625 Broadway
Albany, NY 12233-4754