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Prohibit Certain Animals In Traveling Animal Act

Concerning a prohibition on the use of certain animals in a traveling animal act.
2021 Regular Session
Bill Summary

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.)


Became Law


Bill Text

The effective date for bills enacted without a safety clause is August 7, 2024, if the General Assembly adjourns sine die on May 8, 2024, unless otherwise specified. Details