H.R.5909 - Haley's Act

To promote public safety and improve the welfare of captive big cats, and for other purposes. view all titles (2)

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  • Short: Haley's Act as introduced.
  • Official: To promote public safety and improve the welfare of captive big cats, and for other purposes. as introduced.

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07/26/06
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Official Summary

Haley's Act - Amends the Animal Welfare Act to: (1) define the term \"big cat\" to mean any live species of lion, tiger, leopard, cheetah, jaguar, or cougar or any hybrid of such species; (2) allow the Secretary of Agriculture to deny or revoke licenses to animal dealers and exhibitors

Official Summary

Haley's Act - Amends the Animal Welfare Act to:
(1) define the term \"big cat\" to mean any live species of lion, tiger, leopard, cheetah, jaguar, or cougar or any hybrid of such species;
(2) allow the Secretary of Agriculture to deny or revoke licenses to animal dealers and exhibitors based on recommendations from state or local officials with jurisdiction over captive wildlife;
(3) require the Secretary to include in standards that govern the humane handling, care, treatment, and transportation of animals by dealers, research facilities, and exhibitors a minimum requirement to provide for public safety;
(4) increase civil and criminal penalties for violations of such Act;
(5) prohibit a licensed exhibitor or dealer from allowing direct contact between a big cat and a member of the public, with an exception for zoos; and
(6) prohibit the Secretary from granting a license to a dealer or exhibitor of a big cat until the Secretary has issued regulations to implement this Act.

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