ACTION ALERT: Nevada

Assembly Bill 479: Dangerous Wild Animal bill

UPDATE from 5/18/19: Died in Senate Natural Resources Committee (failed to have hearing and vote by the deadline). This bill is dead.

UPDATE: AB479 has passed in the Assembly and must be stopped in the Senate. It has been referred to Senate Committee on Natural Resources.

Help stop this bill in just a few minutes by completing our Action Alert below. Full details on AB479 can be found below our alert.

Imagine having your dog taken from you because you had a bag of dog food on the ground rather than on a shelf, or a dirty water bowl (maybe some kibble fell in while you were at work). If AB479 passes, people with the listed species will have their animals seized for just those reasons. Even these most minor of issues can be actual USDA violations and one single citation, no matter how minuscule, means animals will be seized if AB479 passes. Read the rest below our alert.


TAKE ACTION by doing one or, preferably, all of the below.
Remember to be civil and professional at all times.

  1. Fax letters;
  2. Mail letters;
  3. Send emails;
  4. Make phone calls;
  5. Be sure to complete the online opinion to legislators page below.
  6. Full committee member contact information can be found at www.leg.state.nv.us/App/NELIS/REL/80th2019/Committee/225/Overview. Just click each members' name.

Quickly voice your opposition!

Simply go to this link and follow the very simple directions: www.leg.state.nv.us/App/Opinions/80th2019/

  1. Select or type AB479
  2. Click AGAINST
  3. Copy/paste this message or similar:

AB479 is bad for Nevada and I oppose this bill as an animal welfare advocate. Among many other problems, the bill removes regulatory authority and flexibility from the Nevada Department of Wildlife. Regulation of these animals should proceed through the Wildlife Commission and not through the legislature. Many of the included species are already regulated and prohibited under NAC 503.110. In Nevada, animal cruelty laws already exist under RSA Title 50, Chapter 574. This bill is unnecessary.

Please listen to the stakeholders and those who actually work with these animals rather than self-promoting, fraudulent organizations providing misinformation and hysteria. This bill is a nonsensical one-size-fits-all solution to a pretend problem that simply does not exist. The unintended consequences which will follow this bill, if it were to pass, are bad for the animals, their responsible owners, and Nevada.

I implore you to do what is right for Nevada and the animals. Vote NO on AB479. Thank you for your time and consideration on this matter. Have a good day.

4. Fill out the Your Information section
5. Click Submit
6. Send the sample letter below!

Sample letter/statement (Remember to be professional and civil at all times!)

Copy/paste email list:

SenNR@sen.state.nv.us, Ira.Hansen@sen.state.nv.us, Pete.Goicoechea@sen.state.nv.us,
Dallas.Harris@sen.state.nv.us, Melanie.Scheible@sen.state.nv.us, Chris.Brooks@sen.state.nv.us

Copy/paste one of these subject lines, or write your own:

  1. NO to AB479
  2. Opposition to AB479
  3. AB479 gets a NO vote
  4. Against AB479
  5. AB479 is bad for animals and NV

Copy/paste this sample letter. It is important to personalize/edit at least some of the letter.

Senate Committee on Natural Resources Members,

As an animal welfare advocate, I oppose AB479. Among many other problems, the bill removes regulatory authority and flexibility from the Nevada Department of Wildlife. Regulation of these animals should proceed through the Wildlife Commission and not through the legislature. In fact, many of the included species are already regulated and prohibited under NAC 503.110. Additionally, cities and counties in Nevada already hold the authority to regulate or prohibit these species. In Nevada, animal cruelty laws already exist under RSA Title 50, Chapter 574. This bill is unnecessary

Please listen to the stakeholders and those who actually work with these animals rather than self-promoting, fraudulent organizations providing misinformation and hysteria. This bill is a nonsensical one-size-fits-all solution to a pretend problem that simply does not exist. The unintended consequences which will follow this bill, if it were to pass, are bad for the animals, their responsible owners, and Nevada.

I implore you to do what is right for Nevada and the animals. Vote NO on AB479. Thank you for your time and consideration on this matter. Have a good day.

Sincerely,

[YOUR NAME and CITY, STATE for Nevada residents)

 

Summary

AB479 bans the importation, possession, sale, transfer, and breeding of “dangerous wild animals,” or DWAs. The bill allows a person who possesses a DWA before July 1, 2019, to keep that animal only if the person meets certain requirements (i.e. $250,000 liability insurance, etc.). This is not a true grandfather clause as it involves much more than registration of the animals.

Some flaws with AB479:

  1. The bill proposes redundant legislation. For example, the importation, transportation, and possession of non-native venomous snakes and crocodilians (listed as DWAs in this bill) are already prohibited (unless qualifying as one of the few exemptions found under NAC 503.110, such as accredited zoos);
  2. This bill removes regulatory authority and flexibility from the Nevada Department of Wildlife and the Governor-appointed Wildlife Commission, which already possesses the power to regulate these species through rulemaking;
  3. Even the most minor matter, such as having a bag of feed on the ground rather than on a shelf (perhaps just after receiving a delivery) is considered a violation under USDA regulations. Animals will be seized if a licensee receives one single citation, no matter how minuscule.
  4. Regulation of these animals should proceed through the Wildlife Commission and not through State legislators who are being fed misinformation from those supporting this bill.

As we have witnessed from similar legislation in other states, this could lead to dozens of healthy animals being seized. The Ohio DWA ban led to the seizures and even deaths of beloved animals which had been cared for responsibly for many years. Extreme stresses and death were brought upon these animals by being ripped away from their homes, which happened merely so animal rights groups and pseudo "sanctuaries" could profit from the media coverage and self-promotion.

Yes, all animals listed should be kept only by those responsible individuals with the appropriate resources, but bans lead to more problems than this contrived propaganda will ever stop. This bill creates new problems while addressing problems that do not currently exist.

Opposition needs to be heard ASAP! It has been referred to the Committee on Natural Resources, Agriculture, and Mining. Full member contact details can be found at  Species list at bottom of this page. It was introduced on March 25.

AB479 is not about animal welfare or public safety. It is nothing more than another misleading and unnecessary bill brought to us by the animal rights movement. It is about advancing a radical agenda and a "look what we did" so animal rights groups can bring millions of more dollars into their fraudulent organizations for their exorbitant salaries, not to help animals.

LINK to bill text: www.leg.state.nv.us/Session/80th2019/Bills/AB/AB479.pdf

 


"Dangerous wild animal” means the below:

  1. All elephants from the genera Elephas and Loxodonta.
  2. All snakes from the families Atractaspididae, Elapidae and Hydrophiidae.
  3. All snakes from the family Viperidae, except any species of snake indigenous to this State.
  4. All species of aardwolves and hyenas.
  5. All species of alligators, caimans, crocodiles and gharials.
  6. All species of primates, except humans.
  7. All twig snakes from the genus Thelotornis.
  8. Boomslangs (Dispholidus typus).
  9. The following species from the family Canidae:

(a) Gray wolves (Canis lupus).
(b) Red wolves (Canis rufus) that have been bred in captivity.

  1. The following species from the family Felidae:

(a) Cheetahs (Acinonyx jubatus), including hybrids thereof.
(b) Clouded leopards (Neofelis nebulosa and Neofelis diardi), including hybrids thereof.
(c) Jaguars (Panthera onca), including hybrids thereof.
(d) Leopards (Panthera pardus), including hybrids thereof.
(e) Lions (Panthera leo), including hybrids thereof.
(f) Mountain lions (Puma concolor) that have been bred in captivity, including hybrids thereof.
(g) Snow leopards (Panthera uncia), including hybrids thereof.
(h) Tigers (Panthera tigris), including hybrids thereof.

  1. The following species from the family Ursidae:

(a) American black bears (Ursus americanus) that have been bred in captivity.
(b) Asiatic black bears (Ursus thibetanus).
(c) Brown bears (Ursus arctos).
(d) Giant pandas (Ailuropoda melanoleuca).
(e) Polar bears (Ursus maritimus).
(f) Sloth bears (Melursus ursinus).
(g) Spectacled bears (Tremarctos ornatus), including hybrids thereof.
(h) Sun bears (Helarctos malayanus).

Article written by USARK