The act creates the "Traveling Animal Protection Act" (Act), which prohibits a person from causing the performance of specified animals, such as whales, dolphins, wild cats, marsupials, nonhuman primates, rhinoceroses, seals, elephants, large birds, penguins, and bears, in a traveling animal act. The Act exempts the use of livestock and alternative livestock.
The Act also exempts the use of the specified animals by or at:
- Wildlife sanctuaries;
- Nonmobile, permanent institutions, facilities, zoos, and aquariums;
- Environmental education programs;
- Universities, colleges, laboratories, and other research facilities conducting research;
- Film and television productions;
- Rodeos; and
- County fairs.
A person who violates the act commits a misdemeanor and is subject to a fine ranging from $250 to $1,000 per violation.
(Note: This summary applies to this bill as enacted.)