Kansas House Bill 2737

Where: Kansas State

What: House Bill 2737 was introduced 2/24/14 and referred to the Committee on Agriculture and Natural Resources. The bill amends the current law from 2006 regarding "Dangerous regulated animals" and will prohibit the following: all non-native, venomous snakes; lions, tigers, leopards, jaguars, cheetahs and mountain lions, or any hybrid thereof; bears or any hybrid thereof; any nonhuman primate (added); any wolf (added), excluding hybrids.

Dangerous regulated animals already have restrictions and they must be registered with the local animal control authority.

There is a grandfather clause for animals possessed prior to July 1, 2013 but no additional animals can be kept. The animals must be microchipped, documented, photographed, inventoried, registered, etc. There are exemptions for AZA and ZAA facilities, registered wildlife sanctuaries, licensed/accredited research/medical institutions, federally licensed exhibitors as part of a circus, carnival, rodeo or fair, etc.

Also, there will be new restrictions regulating that members of the public must be separated by sufficient distance and protective barriers when near dangerous regulated animals of any age. Any potential exposure to zoonotic disease must be reported within 24 hours.

View the current bill with amendments (italic words) and omissions (strikethrough words) at www.kslegislature.org/li/b2013_14/measures/documents/hb2737_00_0000.pdf. Additional information can be found at www.kslegislature.org/li/b2013_14/measures/hb2737/.

Contact information for Committee members can be found at www.kslegislature.org/li/b2013_14/committees/ctte_h_ag_nat_res_1/ (right side of page).

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