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Exotic Animal Legislative Update from Vanessa Gagne

Thu, May 30, 2019 8:49 PM | Sue Gallup (Administrator)

May 24, 2019

Greetings, everyone.

My what a busy week it has been.  TEAPSPA is back and already gaining ground.  The official language of the bill has not yet been posted on the US Government website.  I will notify you when it is available.  The bill was introduced by Rep. Raul Grijalva (D-AZ), who also introduced US HR 2532, which I have added to our chart.  Rep. Grijalva has a 100+ rating with the HSUS Humane Scorecard, which means he took a pro-animal position on 14 scored items plus was given extra credit for leading on pro-animal issues in their assessment. 

The proposal to ban traveling exotic animal acts in Cincinnati has passed committee and moved to the City Council.  The Cincinnati City Council will meet on Thursday, May 30, 2019 at 2:00 p.m. in Council Chambers, Room 300, City Hall, 801 Plum St, Cincinnati, OH 45202.   

Mr. Seelbach, the councilman responsible for the introduction of this ordinance, has vowed to take all remaining traveling tigers and elephants and have them placed at a sanctuary.  

The city of Wausau, WI Public Health and Safety committee has passed an ordinance banning the ownership of bears, elephants, and foxes among other animals deemed dangerous.  Please read the full list here.    This will be voted on by the full common council in their meeting on June 11.  I have attached a contact sheet for the Alderpersons serving on their council.  

Small update from Lake County, IL discussing banning traveling exotic animal acts:  they have uploaded the following literature from HSUS as their education packet.  We need to get some opposing material in their hands.   

Please help oppose AL HB244 which would ban ownership of exotic animals.  Thank you to The Cavalry Group for posting the information on their website.  


Bills Added:

AL HB 631 - Requires animal welfare organizations and rescues to adhere to the same sterilization rules as animal control shelters etc.   

US HR 2532 - Grizzly Bear Protection Act

I added this bill because in its language it states that any rescued or rehabbed grizzly bear can only be taken to an AZA accredited facility.  This excludes other entities that are USDA licensed (like a professional wildlife rehab) or ZAA accredited that can help a grizzly bear in need.  Just a friendly reminder that AZA and HSUS partnered up in 2017.


Bills Removed:  

Kingman, AZ tabled animal ordinance


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