PENDING LEGISLATION

Many bills introduced this year ban wild and exotic animals from traveling animal acts.

State
Stance
Bill
Title
Description
Status
MA
OPPOSED
H 2934
An Act relative to the use of elephants, big cats, primates, and bears in traveling exhibits and shows           

Tourism, Arts and Cultural Development - Hearing 10/22
MA
OPPOSED
S 1028
An Act relative to the use of elephants, big cats, primates, and bears in traveling exhibits and shows  

Tourism, Arts and Cultural Development - Hearing 10/22
MI
OPPOSED
HB 4594
Crimes; animals; ownership, possession, breeding, sale, and importing of nonhuman primates; prohibit with certain exceptions and provide penalty.

-1st reading

- Agriculture

NC
OPPOSED
HB 577
Limit Ownership of Certain Animals.
Bans big cats, bears, great apes.

-Passed House w amendment A1 & A2 5/2

-Senate 1st reading

-Rules and Operations of the Senate

NC
OPPOSED
HB 778
  Prot. Public Dangrs. Animls/End Animl Cruelty. 
Bans dangerous wild animals (bears, felines not domestic, gray wolf, hyena, aardwolf, various primates)

-1st reading

-Rules, Calendar, and Operations of the House

NC
OPPOSED
S 357
Limit Ownership of Certain Animals. 
Bans big cats, bears, great apes.
Agriculture & Rural Affairs
NC
NEUTRAL
S 433
DNCR Omnibus.
Revises venomous snake, large constrictor and crocodilian laws.

-Passed Senate w/ substitute 5/7

-– Passed House w/ substitute and Amendment A-1 10/2

– Senate did NOT concur 10/8

PA
OPPOSED
HB 996
An Act amending Title 18 (Crimes and Offenses) of the Pennsylvania Consolidated Statutes, in offenses against public order and decency, further providing for the offense of transporting animals in cruel manner.

Agriculture & Rural Affairs


PASSED 2019 LEGISLATION


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FAILED 2019 LEGISLATION



2019 State LEGISLATION

State
Bill
Title
CA
AB 1040
Protection of cetaceans: unlawful activities.
CA
AB 527
Importation, possession, or sale of endangered wildlife.
HI
HB 617
Relating to Wild Animals
HI
SB 716
Relating to Wild Animals
HI
SB 931
Marine Aquarium Fishing
IL
HB 2554
CRIM CD-TRAVELING ANIMAL ACT 
IL
SB 154
CRIM CD-TRAVELING ANIMALS  
KS
HB 2397
Amending the definition of dangerous regulated animal and restricting proximity of such animals to members of the public. 
NY
A 839
Relates to prohibitions on circus performances 
NY
A 1486
Relates to prohibiting the sale, trade or bartering or possession with intent to sell, trade or barter of certain wild animals or wild animal products and to the penalties imposed therefor
NY
A 3673 S 5408
Relates to prohibiting the issuance of permits authorizing the use of wild animals in circuses
NY
S 438
Prohibits the possession and transport of certain animals and body parts thereof at airports and port facilities owned or operated by the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey


The following is a list of state bills and rules that have been introduced or will be introduced. This list is not all inclusive.  The bills pertain to the ownership of exotic and wild animals for the 2019 Legislative Session. It is updated as of October 22, 2019.

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STATE
BILL
TITLE
AL

HB 244

SB 160

Animals, required rabies vaccines for certain canidae and felidae, further provided for, possession of certain large felidae, wolves, or bears, prohibited under certain conditions, minimum caging requirements, penalties   
CT
HB 5024    
An Act Restricted the Use of Exotic and Wild Animals in Circuses and Traveling Performances  
CT
HB 6018
AN ACT PROHIBITING THE IMPORT, SALE AND POSSESSION OF THE BIG SIX AFRICAN SPECIES.   
CT
SB 20
AN ACT PROHIBITING THE IMPORT, SALE AND POSSESSION OF AFRICAN ELEPHANTS, LIONS, LEOPARDS, BLACK RHINOCEROS, WHITE RHINOCEROS AND GIRAFFES.
CT
HB 5248
AN ACT PROHIBITING THE USE OF WILD ANIMALS IN CIRCUSES AND TRAVELING SHOWS. 
CT
HB 5252
AN ACT PROHIBITING THE SALE OF CETACEANS.    
CT
HB 6001
AN ACT RESTRICTING THE USE OF WILD AND EXOTIC ANIMALS IN CIRCUSES AND TRAVELING SHOWS.
CT
HB 6017
AN ACT PROHIBITING THE USE OF WILD ANIMALS IN CIRCUSES AND TRAVELING SHOWS.
FL

HB 1105

SB 1236

Transactions for the Possession of Animals 
MS
HB 413
Venomous snakes; classify as inherently dangerous to humans and unlawful to possess without a permit.
MS
SB 2515
Wildlife Trafficking Prevention Act; enact.
NV
AB 479
Enacts provisions relating to the importation, possession, sale, transfer and breeding of dangerous wild animals    
NM
SB 38
Wildlife Trafficking Act  
RI
S 167
AN ACT RELATING TO ANIMALS AND ANIMAL HUSBANDRY
TX
HB 1268  SB 641
Relating to dangerous wild animals; providing penalties; creating a criminal offense; authorizing a fee.