The 2023/2024 Wisconsin State
Legislative Session has begun. We hope to have some excellent humane
legislation introduced in this session. This page will list the bills we are
watching, with links for more information (including sponsors, bill summaries,
talking points, action taken, etc.).
65/AB 75, regarding felony provisions for mistreatment of animals. This is
the FOURTH try for a felony charge for someone who commits an act of animal
abuse that they should reasonably know may result in grievous bodily harm or
death of an animal, regardless of whether that harm or death actually occurs.
This bill would also require a judge
to PROHIBIT a person convicted of animal abuse -- felony or misdemeanor -- from
owning, possessing, training, or residing with the type animal they were
convicted of abusing, for a specified period of time.
The link below will take you to our
SB 65/AB 75 page, with links to the bill summary, text, and history, as well as
Talking Points and what you can do to help get it passed this time. We are very
disappointed that the bill was amended to appease the hounders, and even more
disappointed that some humane groups have chosen the "throw the baby out
with the bath water" approach and are opposing an otherwise excellent bill
because of this amendment.
about SB 65/AB 75
SB 79/AB 84, relating to: possession of dogs by certain felony
offenders and providing a penalty. This bill prohibits certain felony
offenders from possessing, controlling, or residing with a vicious dog, as
determined by a humane officer or a law enforcement officer using criteria
specified in the bill. The prohibition applies to persons whose status as
felony offenders is due to committing an act that is classified under the bill
as a serious felony, which includes homicide, felony battery, sexual assault,
and felonies involving controlled substances.
SB126/AB 124, relating to: the definition of public zoos and
aquariums for purposes of captive wildlife regulations. This bill expands
the definition of public zoos and aquariums to include those that
are accredited members of the Zoological Association of America.
WE STRONGLY OPPOSE this bill that
would eliminate the state licensing requirements from these facilities and
prevent the WI DNR from applying state standards that are designed to ensure
humane handling, care, treatment, and transportation of captive animals.
SB 139, Relating to: establishing a statewide wolf population
goal. This bill states: "If the wolf is not listed on the federal
endangered list and is not listed on the state endangered list, the department
shall allow the hunting and trapping of wolves and, shall regulate such hunting
and trapping as provided in this section, and shall implement a wolf management
plan that establishes a statewide wolf population
goal." WE STRONGLY
OPPOSE this bill that would essentially make any number of
wolves over that "population goal," which the DNR has chosen NOT to
set in the new Wolf Management Plan for good reason, fair game for hunters when
-- not if -- the wolf is once again delisted from the federal Endangered