Illinois Senate Bill 2362 (3rd Amendment) just passed out of the Illinois Senate on a vote of 54-0 in favor on April 25, 2013. On April 30, 2013, it had its first reading in the Illinois House of Representatives where it has been referred to the Agriculture and Conservation Committee. A full list of those committee members can be found in this link.
Illinois residents, please contact the members of the Illinois Agriculture and Conservation Committee and voice your support of SB 2362 Amendment 3 without further changes. (See below. HSUS is seeking sweeping changes to SB 2362. The details are below.)
Here are the major talking points in support of SB 2362:
- SB 2362 has wide support within the State: trade show organizers, zoos accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums, private breeders, pet store owners, pet owners and the public.
- SB 2362 will enhance public safety.
- In the history of Illinois, there has only been a single documented incident involving a human injury from a captive reptile (1999) and if SB 2362 had been in place, it would not have occurred because the python would have been in an escape proof enclosure.
- However, SB 2362 imposes caging requirements and management practices on all keepers of constrictor snakes and other appropriate species.
- It establishes a permit system for the keeping of limited venomous animals and certain monitor lizards and requires liability insurance covering those animals.
- SB 2362 imposes strict liability on all reptile and amphibian keepers for incidents arising out of the keeping of such animals. Illinois has a similar legislation in place for equines.
- SB 2362 will also protect the animals.
- The caging, education and care requirements for limited venomous reptiles and monitor lizards provide a sound basis for good animal husbandry to allow qualified people to work with these special animals.
- SB 2362 is good for Illinois Business.
- The reptile industry in Illinois generates approximately $25 million in revenues for our state.
- The reptile industry employs individuals, supports small Illinois businesses and supplements the income of thousands of Illinois families.
- SB 2362 protects the industries that generate that income for Illinois. It protects the right of private keepers to responsibly keep reptiles and amphibians in this state and allows these thriving small businesses to continue to grow and operate.
- SB 2362 reduces bureaucracy.
- By placing all reptile and amphibians under the umbrella of a single statute, SB 2362 simplifies enforcement of all issues concerning these animals.
- In summary, SB 2362 is good for the Illinois public; it is good for the animals; it is good for Illinois business, and it simplifies enforcement of Illinois law. SB 2362 is good for Illinois.
HSUS is seeking to amend SB 2362. The features of the amendment sought by HSUS:
- Total ban on all crocodilians;
- Total ban on all venomous;
- Total ban on the keeping of Komodo dragons and crocodile monitors;
- Keeping of all pythons (including ball pythons), anacondas and all boas with permit only, including liability insurance and only for educational programs.
- HSUS is seeking to ban the breeding of all pythons, boas and anacondas entirely in Illinois.