Legislative Alerts

2016 Legislation
Mar 6, 2016 Last Updated: 9/11/2016

FEDERAL: Big Cat Public Safety Act (HR 3546/S 2541) 

Status HR 3546: Introduced and referred to Natural Resources 9/17/2015.  Referred to Federal Lands Subcommittee 10/6/2015.   

Status S 2541: Referred to Environment and Public Works 2/11/2016.

FEDERAL: Captive Primate Safety Act (HR 2920) Bans public contact with certain big cats.

Status: Introduced and referred to Natural Resources 6/25/2015.  Referred to Federal Lands Subcommittee 7/14/2015. 

ALABAMA: Animals, authorized rabies vaccines, further provided for, possession of large felidae or wolves, prohibited under certain conditions, annual registration fees provided for, penalties (SB 66) 

Status: DEAD

GEORGIA: Conservation and natural resources; rules and regulations used to establish criminal violations; change provisions (HB 840)  Establishes film production wildlife permit

Status: Signed into law

GEORGIA: Agency Rule: Film Production Wildlife Permit  – Rules for new law 

Status: Briefing 8/26/2016.  Meeting 8/30.

HAWAII: Penal Code; Display or Performance of Wild or Exotic Animals (HB 1012/SB 141).  

Status: DEAD

ILLINOIS: CRIM CD – Dangerous Animals (SB 1824)

Status: DEAD

INDIANA: Ownership of Wild Animals (SB 195)  Gives agency authority to regulate captive wild animals

Status: DEAD

INDIANA: Regulation of Wild Animals and Hunting Preserves (SB 109) Gives agency authority to regulate captive wild animals and regulates hunting preserves for captive cervids

Status: Signed into law 3/22/2016. 

IOWA: Providing for an Iowa individual income tax checkoff for qualified Iowa zoos (HF 37) 

Status: DEAD

KANSAS: Amending statutes concerning regulated animals (HB 2293/SB 132) Adds primates and wolves and bans public contact and changes grandfathering

Status HB 2293: DEAD
Status SB 132: DEAD

KANSAS: Allowing contact with certain regulated animals (SB 97) Allows public contact with baby big cats

Status: DEAD

LOUISIANA: Requires the Department of Wildlife and Fisheries to adopt rules to control or prohibit the importation and private possession of big exotic cats (HB 1084)

Status: FAILED to pass in House 4/21/2016.

LOUISIANA: Requires the Department of Wildlife and Fisheries to adopt rules to control and prohibit the importation and private possession of big exotic cats (HB 999)

Status: Withdrawn

MICHIGAN: Animals; other; facilities accredited by the American zoo and aquarium association or the zoological association of America; exempt from certain provisions of large carnivore act (SB 146)  Amends USDA exemption

Status: Referred to Agriculture 2/18/2015.

MICHIGAN: Animals; exotic; facilities holding large carnivores; modify obligations under large carnivore act (SB 658) Exempts others from breeding and acquisition ban if they meet certain requirements

Status: Referred to Agriculture 12/10/2015.

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

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

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

Status: Referred to Agriculture & Natural Resources 2/8/2016.

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

Status: Referred to Commerce Committee 1/12/2016.

NEW YORK: Relates to prohibitions on circus performances (A 637A/S 1246) 

Status A 637A: DEAD
Status S 1246: DEAD

NEW YORK: Prohibits sport killing of zoo, carnival or circus animals; prohibits the sale, transfer, donation, or acceptance of the sale, transfer or donation where the zoo, carnival or circus animal may be intentionally killed for sport (A 4239)

Status: DEAD

NEW YORK: Prohibits the sport killing of zoo, carnival or circus animals; provides that violations shall be punishable by a fine of not less than five hundred dollars nor more than two thousand dollars (A 4378/S 4452)

Status A 4378: DEAD
Status S 4452: DEAD

NEW YORK:Prohibits the ownership, possession or harboring of a wild animal or reptile; makes violation a Class E felony (A 4786)

Status: DEAD

NEW YORK: Restricts the use of exotic and wild animals in traveling circuses and shows (A 1405/S 4635)

Status A 1405: DEAD
Status S 4635: DEAD

NEW YORK: Relates to tax on circus admission; creates the animal cruelty compensation fund (A 1804)

Status: DEAD

NORTH CAROLINA: Protect public from dangerous wild animals (H 554)

Status: DEAD

OKLAHOMA: Wildlife; modifying provisions relating to keeping or exhibiting native cats or bears. Effective date. Emergency (SB 776)

Status: DEAD

PENNSYLVANIA: An Act amending Title 34 (Game) of the Pennsylvania Consolidated Statutes, in special licenses and permits, further providing for definitions, for exotic wildlife possession permits (HB 349)

Status: Referred to Game and Fisheries 2/9/2015.

PENNSYLVANIA: An Act amending Title 34 (Game) of the Pennsylvania Consolidated Statutes, in special licenses and permits, further providing for definitions, for exotic wildlife possession permits and for menagerie permits (SB 263)

Status: Referred to Game and Fisheries 1/16/2015.

PENNSYLVANIA: 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 (SB 698)

Status: Referred to Judiciary 4/23/2015.

PENNSYLVANIA: Banning the use of non-native big game animals in captive hunting (HB 1573)

Status: Referred to Game and Fisheries 9/30/2015.

TEXAS: Agency Rule – Care of Animals by Circuses, Carnivals and Zoos

Status: Comments due 7/31/2016.

TEXAS: Agency Rule – Dangerous Wild Animals

Status: Comments due 8/21/2016.

WASHINGTON: Adding an additional exception to chapter 16.30 RCW that applies to possessors of potentially dangerous wild animals that are licensed by the United States department of agriculture under the federal animal welfare act. (HB 2318)

Status: DEAD

WEST VIRGINIA: Agency Rule – Dangerous Wild Animals 

Status: Adopted by agency 2/11/2016. Amended by Rule-Making Review Committee 8/31.

WISCONSIN: Relating to: the possession of certain wild animals and providing a penalty (AB 333/ SB 241)

Status AB 333: DEAD
Status SB 241: DEAD