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 2017 Legislative Session. It is updated as of February 16, 2017.

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STATE
BILL/RULE #
TITLE
DESCRIPTION
STATUS

PENDING 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 172
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 large felidae and wolves and creates different exemptions from current ban on felidae and canidae
1st reading 2/9/17 - Referred to Public Safety and Homeland Security

CONNECTICUT
HB 6340
An act abolishing the snapping turtle trade
Removes provision that exempts snapping turtles from wildlife laws
Referred to Environment 1/23/2017

FLORIDA
HB 587/SB 230
NonNative Animals
Allows hunting of tegu and other herp
Prefiled

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    

ILLINOIS
SB 1342
ELEPHANT PROHIB-TRAV PERFORM
Bans elephants in traveling acts
1st reading - Referred to Assignments 2/9/17

INDIANA
HB 1332
Dangerous Wild Animals
Bans dangerous wild animals on 7/1/17 with grandfathering along with public contact
Referred to Natural Resources 1/12/17.

IOWA
HF 107
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
Referred to Ways & Means 1/25/17

KANSAS
HB 2276/SB 162
An act relating to dangerous regulated animals
Adds wolves and primates and amends 2006 exemptions

HB 2276 -  Referred to Federal and State Affairs 2/7


SB 162 - Referred to Agriculture & Natural Resources 2/7


MAINE
HP 287
An act to prohibit the use of elephants in traveling animal acts
Bans elephants in traveling acts
Referred to Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry 2/7/17. 

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
Referred to Inland Fisheries and Wildlife 1/31/17

MASSACHUSETTS
SD 1328
An Act relative to the use of elephants in traveling animal acts
Bans elephants in traveling animal acts
Filed 1/19/17

MASSACHUSETTS
SD 2002
An Act relative to wild and exotic animal performance prohibtion
Bans performances of wild or exotic animals
Filed 1/19/17

MISSOURI
HB 279/SB 123
Modifies provisions relating to captive cervids
Classifies captive cervids as livestock

HB 279: 2nd reading 1/5/17

SB 123: 1st reading. Passed Agriculture, Food
Production and Outdoor Resources 2/13.


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

Referred to Environmental Conservation 1/6/17

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   

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
Passed House with amendment 2/1/17. Referred to Senate Agriculture and Natural Resources 2/6   

WASHINGTON
HB 2088
 Prohibiting the participation of elephants in a traveling animal act 

Bans elephants in traveling acts
Referred to Judiciary 2/13/17

WYOMING
SF 86
Game and Fish Permits
Requires agency to ban or create permits for red fox, coyote, skunk, porcupine, raccoon
Passed Senate 1/25/17.  FAILED in House Travel 2/10





STATE
BILL/RULE #
TITLE
DESCRIPTION
STATUS

PASSED 2016 LEGISLATION

CALIFORNIA
SB 1062
Elephants: Prohibited Treatment
Bans bullhooks on elephants
Signed into law 8/26/2016
GEORGIA
HB 840
Conservation and natural resources; rules and regulations used to establish criminal violations; change provisions
Creates film wildlife production permit.
Signed into law 4/26/2016
INDIANA
SB 109
Regulation of Hunting Preserves
Regulates captive cervids and gives Department authority to regulate captive wild animals.
Signed into law 3/22/2016
RHODE ISLAND
H 8197
Relating to animals and animal husbandry - Cruelty to animals
Bans bullhooks, etc for elephants.
Signed into law 7/20/2016 - Effective January 2017





WEST VIRGINIA
HB 4086/  SB 154
Captive Cervid Farming Rule
Adopts new rules for captive cervid farming
Adopted - Effective 7/20/2016




STATE
BILL/RULE #
TITLE
DESCRIPT,ION
STATUS

FAILED LEGISLATION

MISSISSIPPI
HB 1
Venomous snakes; classify as inherently dangerous to humans
Adds to inherently dangerous animals list
TEXAS
Agency Rule Ch 169 SubCh G
Dangerous Wild Animals
Revises the caging and care standards for dangerous wild animals
WITHDRAWN 1/11/17




2017 LEGISLATION