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SB-313 Animals: prohibition on use in circuses.(2019-2020)

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Date Published: 03/28/2019 09:00 PM

Amended  IN  Senate  March 28, 2019
Amended  IN  Senate  March 21, 2019


Senate Bill No. 313

Introduced by Senator Hueso

February 15, 2019

An act to add Chapter 4.5 (commencing with Section 2430) to Division 3 of the Fish and Game Code, relating to wild and exotic animals.


SB 313, as amended, Hueso. Wild and exotic animals: Animals: prohibition on use in circuses.
Existing law regulates the taking and possession of birds, mammals, fish, reptiles, and amphibians, including the importation, transportation, possession, and live release of wild animals, as defined.
This bill would prohibit a person from sponsoring, conducting, operating, or participating in a circus circus, as defined, that uses a wild or exotic animal, as defined. any animal other than a domestic dog, domestic cat, or horse.
Vote: MAJORITY   Appropriation: NO   Fiscal Committee: YES   Local Program: NO  

The people of the State of California do enact as follows:


 Chapter 4.5 (commencing with Section 2430) is added to Division 3 of the Fish and Game Code, to read:
CHAPTER  4.5. Circus Cruelty Prevention Act

 This chapter shall be known and may be cited as the Circus Cruelty Prevention Act.

 (a) For purposes of this chapter, the following terms have the following meanings:
(a)“Circus” except as provided in subdivision (b), the term “circus” means a performance before a live audience in which entertainment consisting of a variety of acts such as acrobats, aerialists, clowns, jugglers, or stunts is the primary attraction or principal business.

(b)“Wild or exotic animal” means any live animal from any of the following scientific classifications, as specified parenthetically:

(1)Artiodactyla (such as hippopotamuses, giraffes, camels, and llamas, but excluding domesticated cattle, swine, sheep, and goats).

(2)Canidae (such as wolves, but excluding domesticated dogs).

(3)Crocodilia (such as alligators and crocodiles).

(4)Elasmobranchii (such as sharks).

(5)Elephantidae (elephants).

(6)Felidae (such as lions, tigers, and leopards, but excluding domesticated cats).

(7)Marsupialia (such as kangaroos).

(8)Primates (such as apes, monkeys, and lemurs).

(9)Perissodactyla (such as zebras, tapirs, and rhinoceroses, but excluding domesticated horses, donkeys, and mules).

(10)Pinnipedia (such as seals, sea lions, and walruses).

(11)Ratitae (such as ostriches, rheas, cassowaries, and emus).

(12)Serpentes (snakes).

(13)Ursidae (bears).

(14)Xenarthra (such as sloths).

(b) The term “circus” does not include a rodeo.

 Notwithstanding any other law, no person shall sponsor, conduct, operate, or participate in a circus that uses a wild or exotic animal. any animal other than a domestic dog, domestic cat, or horse.

 A person who violates this chapter, or any rule or regulation adopted pursuant to this chapter, shall be liable for a civil penalty of no more than twenty-five thousand dollars ($25,000) for each violation.