Wisconsin Assembly Bill 703

Status: No longer active. This bill has died in committee.

Where: Wisconsin State

What: Wisconsin Assembly Bill 703 was introduced January 31, 2014 and the first public hearing was February 4, 2014. View more information at www.usark.org/uncategorized/2014-wisconsin-assembly-bill-703/. This bill makes changes to the laws relating to the possession of certain wild animals. It impacts these reptile species: Crocodylia: an alligator of any species, crocodile of any species, caiman of any species, or gharial.

Below you can find a sample letter and easy contact form for the committee members. Remember to always be professional and civil when addressing legislators and commenting publicly. Residents should contact other pet owners, herp societies, potentially affected businesses, etc. to organize and make an impact. This is being pushed by anti-pet groups.

How you can help: (Wisconsin residents only, please)

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Your Message

Subject: No to AB 703

Dear Wisconsin Legislator,

I write today to oppose AB 703. While I understand your concerns over public safety, the exotic and reptile pet communities have evolved greatly and pet owners are much more responsible and educated. This bill will punish responsible reptile and exotic animal keepers and is overreaching legislation pushed by anti-pet groups that use special interest propaganda filled with partial truths. While these special interest groups have hundreds of millions of dollars to push their agenda and lobby with legislators, the hardworking citizens of Wisconsin are busy earning money and paying taxes while their freedoms are removed.

This bill also places financial burdens upon municipalities by requiring them to administer and fund the new regulations without state assistance. Bills such as this only create problems that did not previously exist. States that have passed similar bills recently are now seeing the mistakes made and problems created to protect the public and environment when they were never really threatened. Responsible keepers that have had these pets for years are now being forced to follow overreaching legislation.

This legislation does not protect the citizens of Wisconsin but it does punish them. This type of legislation is pushed by anti-pet groups posing as animal welfare organizations. Animal cruelty should certainly be addressed, but banning and over-regulating pet ownership are not effective means to handle this concern. It’s a shame that the great state of Wisconsin would allow special interest groups to influence public policy and not protect the freedoms of its citizens.

State governments should be fixing real issues and not removing more freedoms from their hardworking and taxpaying citizens. Pet ownership is a matter of personal responsibility and not government action. I implore you to vote “No” on AB 703.


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