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

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Date Published: 06/19/2019 09:00 PM
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Amended  IN  Assembly  June 19, 2019
Amended  IN  Senate  April 25, 2019
Amended  IN  Senate  March 28, 2019
Amended  IN  Senate  March 21, 2019

CALIFORNIA LEGISLATURE— 2019–2020 REGULAR SESSION

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 animals.


LEGISLATIVE COUNSEL'S DIGEST


SB 313, as amended, Hueso. 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, as defined, in this state that uses any animal other than a domestic dog, domestic cat, or horse. domesticated horse. The bill would authorize the Department of Fish and Wildlife to assess a civil penalty against a person who violates this prohibition of no more than $25,000 for each day the person is in violation of the prohibition.
Vote: MAJORITY   Appropriation: NO   Fiscal Committee: YES   Local Program: NO  

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


SECTION 1.

 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

2430.
 This chapter shall be known and may be cited as the Circus Cruelty Prevention Act.

2431.
 (a) For purposes of this chapter, 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) The term “circus” does not include a rodeo. rodeo, as defined in Section 596.7 of the Penal Code.

2432.
 Notwithstanding any other law, no person shall sponsor, conduct, operate, or participate in a circus in this state that uses any animal other than a domestic dog, domestic cat, or horse. domesticated horse.

2433.
 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 day a person is in violation. The department may assess the civil penalty against any person who violates this chapter or any rule or regulation adopted pursuant to this chapter.