STATE
BILL/RULE #
TITLE
DESCRIPTION
STATUS

PENDING 2018 LEGISLATION

FEDERAL
USDA Rule 2012-0107-0002
Petition to Amend Animal Welfare Act Regulations To Prohibit Public Contact with Big Cats, Bears, and Nonhuman Primates
Bans direct public contact, removing young from mother until natural weaning age except medical necessity, and requires barriers 15 feet away
Comments due 11/18/13.  Reopened 6/24/16.  Comments due 8/31.


FEDERAL

USDA Rule   

APHIS 2012-0106-0001  

Petition to Promulgate Standards for Bears. 

Creates caging, feeding and exhibiting requirements for bears
Introduced 11/26/13.  Comments due 1/27/14. 

HAWAII
AR-4-71
Plant and Non-Domestic Animal Quarantine Non-Domestic Animal Import Rules
Bans importing dangerous wild animals for temporary performances
Introduced 9/13/16. Referred to WTL/ CPH   

IOWA
SF 86
A bill for an act providing for an Iowa individual income tax checkoff for qualified Iowa zoos, making an appropriation, and providing for the Act’s implementation
Creates income tax checkoff for AZA zoos
Ways & Means 1/25/17 Subcommittee 2/1.

KANSAS
HB 2276/ 
SB 162
An act relating to dangerous regulated animals
Adds wolves and primates and amends 2006 exemptions
HB 2276: Federal and State Affairs 2/6/17

SB 162: Agriculture & Natural Resources 2/7/17

MASSACHUSETTS
H 418/S 1898
An Act relative to the use of elephants in traveling animal acts

Bans elephants in traveling animal acts


H 418: Environment, Natural Resources, Agriculture 1/23


S 1898: Environment, Natural Resources, Agriculture 4/27


MASSACHUSETTS
S 490
An Act relative to wild and exotic animal performance prohibtion
Bans performances of wild or exotic animals
Environment, Natural Resources, Agriculture 1/23

NEW  JERSEY           

A 2358
Removes monk parakeet from list of potentially dangerous species

Referred to Agriculture & Natural Resources 2/4/16.

NEW  JERSEY 
A 430
Imposes certain registration and reporting requirements to prevent illegal trade of tigers

Referred to Agriculture & Natural Resources 1/27/16.

NEW  JERSEY 
A 2591
Imposes civil penalty for the exhibition or use in performance of a living bear, elephant, lion or tiger

Referred to Agriculture & Natural Resources 2/8/16.

NEW  JERSEY 
S 323
Requires liability insurance for permit to possess certain dangerous animals

Referred to Commerce Committee 1/12/2016.  

NEW YORK
S 273
Prohibits cruel treatment of elephants; prohibits the possession of certain devices; prohibits the use of certain devices on elephants; prohibits acts which cause pain, injury or death to an elephant ;  any violation of this section shall constitute a class E felony.
Bans bullhooks, etc

Referred to Agriculture 1/4/17

NEW YORK
S 276
Restricts the use of exotic and wild animals in traveling circuses and shows
Bans if they lived in mobile housing past 30 days
Referred to Agriculture 1/4/17

NEW YORK
S 998
Relates to permitting the use of peregrine falcons in falconry

Passed Environmental Conservation and 1st reading 5/9/17

PENNSYLVANIA
SB 248
An Act amending Title 18 (Crimes and Offenses)  of the Pennsylvania Consolidated Statutes, in riot, disorderly conduct and related offenses, providing for the offense of use of live animals in traveling exhibitions.
Bans exotic animals/exotic wildlife in performances if they traveled 15 days prior
Referred to Judiciary 1/27/17

WASHINGTON
HB 2088
Prohibiting the participation of elephants in a traveling animal act 
Bans elephants in traveling acts
Referred to Judiciary 2/13/17. 





STATE
BILL/RULE #
TITLE
DESCRIPTION
STATUS

PASSED 2017 LEGISLATION

ILLINOIS
SB 1342
ELEPHANT PROHIB-TRAV PERFORM
Bans elephants in traveling acts
Signed into law - Effective 1/1/18
LOUISIANA
HB 593
  Provides relative to the regulation of turtles
Regulates turtle farms (Using turtles in commerce)
Signed into law 6/3/17 - Effective 8/1/17
MAINE
SP 91
An Act To Require Permits for Wildlife in Captivity and Notification of the Escape of Exotic Wildlife in Captivity 
Requires global positioning device and notification of escapes
Became Law 7/5/17 Chapter 285
OREGON
RULE
Wildlife Holding
Bans black bears, wolves, bobcats, cougars, skunks and raccoons
Effective 1/24/17
SOUTH CAROLINA
H 3531
Wild cats, Apes, and Bears
Removes ban on public contact AND bans large cats, non-native bears and great apes except for AZA and other purposes
Signed into law 5/11/17
WEST VIRGINIA
HB 2218
Dangerous Wild Animals
Adopts DWA list and rules
Signed into law 4/25/17
WEST VIRGINIA
HB 2248
DWA Board rule relating to DWA
Adopts Board rules
Signed into law 4/25/17




2018 LEGISLATION

The following is a list of federal and state bills and rules that have been introduced or will be introduced. This list is not all inclusive. Join today for a complete list and the latest updates.  The bills pertain to the ownership of exotic and wild animals for the 2018 Legislative Session. It is updated as of January 1, 2018.

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