2015: Kansas SB 132 and HB 2293

Where: Kansas State

What: Senate Bill 132 was introduced on 2/2/15 and is a re-emergence of HB 2737 (link at www.usark.org/2014-blog/kansas-house-bill-2737/) from last year. The bill was assigned to the Senate Natural Resources Committee. HB 2293 is a companion bill to SB 132 and was assigned to the House Committee on Agriculture and Natural Resources.

These bills amend the current law passed in 2005 regarding "Dangerous regulated animals" which prohibited 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.

USDA-accredited facilities would no longer be exempt from acquiring new and breeding these animals. It has been illegal for private keepers to acquire new or breed listed animals since the law came into effect in 2006. After the effective date, owners who previously had dangerous regulated animals had to comply with regulations and register animals with the local animal control authority.

There are exemptions for AZA and ZAA facilities, registered wildlife sanctuaries, licensed/accredited research/medical institutions, 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.

Similar legislation has been seen in multiple states this year and previously. This is another angle that animal rights groups are using to remove freedoms from Americans.

View the current bill with amendments (italic words) and omissions (strikethrough words) at www.kslegislature.org/li/b2015_16/measures/sb132/. Just click the PDF icon.

Contact information for committee members can be found at www.kslegislature.org/li/b2015_16/committees/ctte_s_nat_res_1/.