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 25, 2018.

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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. 

ALABAMA
HB 253
Animals, required rabies vaccines for canidae or felidae, further provided for, possession of certain canidae or felidae, possession of certain large felidae or wolves, prohibited under certain conditions, penalties
Bans cheetah, cougar and Panthera and allows felids and canids to have FDA approved vaccine
Agriculture & Forestry 1/18

FLORIDA
HB 1305
Florida Orca Protection Act
Bans orcas in captivity
Natural Resources and Public Lands Subcommittee 1/11

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

MISSISSIPPI
HB 591
Venomous snakes; classify as inherently dangerous to humans and unlawful to possess without a permit.
Adds venomous and poisonous reptiles to dangerous regulated animals
Wildlife, Fisheries and Parks 1/9

NEW  JERSEY

A 1923

S 1093

"Nosey's Law"; prohibits use of elephants and other wild or exotic animals in traveling animal acts
Prohibits using wild or exotic animal in performances which requires them to be transported to site

A 1923: Agriculture and Natural Resources


S 1093: filed


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

RHODE ISLAND
H 7151
AN ACT RELATING TO ANIMAL AND ANIMAL HUSBANDRY - PSITTACINE BIRDS
Removes requirement for bands to be closed metal seamless
Health, Education & Welfare 1/12

RHODE ISLAND
H 7248
AN ACT RELATING TO ANIMAL AND ANIMAL HUSBANDRY - WILDCATS AND HYBRID CATS
Requires DEM permit for all wildcats and their hybrids including specifically all domestic hybrids – Penalty $500 fine or 90 days jail
Judiciary 1/19

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

WASHINGTON
SB 6099
Concerning orca captivity.
Bans orcas in captivity
Agriculture, Water, Natural Resources & Parks 1/8

WASHINGTON
SB 6154
Concerning the unlawful use of an elephant in a traveling animal act.
Bans elephants in traveling animal acts
Law & Justice 1/10





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