Effective 1/1/18 - SB 1342 was signed into law prohibiting the use of elephants in traveling animal acts.
Dangerous animals: BANS except a zoological park, USDA exhibit, circus, scientific or educational institution, or research laboratory, veterinary hospital, hound running area or animal refuge
(720 Illinois Revised Statutes 585)
Primates: BANS except those owned on January 1, 2011 and capuchins owned by a permanently disabled person with a severe motor impairment if obtained from a licensed nonprofit.
Animals prohibited from sale: This section adds servals, civets and hybrids other than CFA and TICA registered cats and UKC and CKC registered dogs to the Dangerous animals list.
NEW: Elephants: Prohibits using African or Asian elephants protected under Endangered Species Act in traveling animal acts. (SB 1342 - Effective 1/1/18)
Native Wildlife: PERMIT required except bona‑fide public or state scientific, educational or zoo institutions. Game birds or game animals listed require either a Class A (noncommercial) or Class B (commercial) Wild Game and Bird Breeder License. Fur-bearing mammals require a furbearing mammal breeder permit and may be exhibited. However, striped skunks, bobcats and coyotes are banned. Breeding mink, red fox or arctic fox is an agricultural pursuit and is exempt. Birds of prey require a special permit.
(520 Illinois Revised Statutes 5 Sec. 2.1 to 2.4, 3.23, 3.25)
The Herptiles – Herp Act regulates keeping herps. (510 ILCS 68)
Skunks may not be sold as pets.
San Juan rabbits and raccoon dogs are banned.
Issues falconry permits. NEW Rules were changed regarding catching peregrine falcons from the wild. (2016)
The importation of animals is addressed in Section 25.47.
(8 Illinois Admin. Code Sec. 25.47)
Turtles are regulated by Public Health Service Act Section 264. (8 Illinois Admin Code Sec. 25.110)
The Illinois Diseased Animals Act covers wild animals in captivity. (509 Illinois Revised Statutes 50)
Springfield, IL 62706
Sessions: 2 years (odd-even)
Convenes: Jan (2nd Wed)
Adjourns: End of May
During Session: 60 days
After Session: 60 days
Pocket Veto: No
Illinois Constitution Art IV Sec 9
Passed Before June 1: Jun 1
Passed After May 31: Jan 1
5 ILCS 75 Effective Date of Laws Act