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SB 6128 - Traveling animal acts


Section 1

The definitions in this section apply throughout this chapter unless the context clearly requires otherwise.

  1. "Covered animal" means any of the following animals, and hybrids thereof:

    1. The following Artiodactyla: Giraffe, Bactrian camel, dromedary camel, and pygmy hippo;

    2. Canidae, including any hybrids thereof, but excluding domestic dogs;

    3. The following Elasmobranchii: Lemon sharks, nurse sharks, and rays;

    4. Elephantidae;

    5. Felidae, including any hybrids thereof, but excluding domestic cats;

    6. The following Marsupialia: Kangaroo and wallaby;

    7. Nonhuman primate;

    8. Otter;

      1. The following Procyonidae: Coatimundi, kinkajou, and raccoon;
    9. Skunk;

    10. The following ratites: Ostrich and emu;

    11. The following Rodentia: Capybara and Patagonian cavy;

    12. Sea lion;

    13. Sloth;

    14. Ursidae;

    15. The following Viverridae: Binturong, civet, and genet; and

    16. Zebra.

  2. "Mobile or traveling housing facility" means a transporting vehicle such as a truck, trailer, or railway car, used to transport or house animals while traveling for exhibition or other performance.

  3. "Performance" means any exhibition, public showing, presentation, display, exposition, fair, animal act, circus, ride, trade show, petting zoo, carnival, parade, race, or similar undertaking in which animals are required to perform tricks, give rides, or participate as accompaniments for the entertainment, amusement, or benefit of a live audience.

  4. "Person" means individuals, corporations, partnerships, associations, or other legal entities, and agents of those entities.

  5. "Traveling animal act" means any performance of animals where such animals are transported to, from, or between locations for the purpose of such performance, in a mobile or traveling housing facility.

Section 2

Notwithstanding any other provision of law, no person shall allow for the participation of a covered animal in a traveling animal act.

Section 3

This chapter shall not apply to a performance that takes place at a nonmobile, permanent institution or other fixed facility, provided that the covered animal is not transported to such location for a period of less than 14 days for the sole purpose of such performance.

Section 4

A violation of this chapter is a gross misdemeanor.

Section 5

A city or county may adopt an ordinance governing traveling animal acts that is more restrictive than this chapter.

Section 7

If any provision of this act or its application to any person or circumstance is held invalid, the remainder of the act or the application of the provision to other persons or circumstances is not affected.

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