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Updated 6/21/23

Eyes     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.).

  • STRONGLY SUPPORT: SB 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.

     pawprint bullet point   More about SB 65/AB 75   pawprint bullet point

  • SUPPORT: 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.

     pawprint bullet point   Bill History   pawprint bullet point

  • STRONGLY OPPOSE: 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.

    The Sloth Conservation Foundation has written a very interesting article about the "dark side" of animal encounter experiences which relates not just to sloths, but to all captive wildlife. You can read The Wildlife Selfie Problem here. It's a good resource to file away for Talking Points, should the need arise to argue for MORE regulation of these facilities instead of less.

     pawprint bullet point   More info about SB 126/ AB 124   pawprint bullet point

  • STRONGLY OPPOSE: SB 139/AB 137, 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 Species list. (Please click here for an Interesting article on "Wolf killing and the consequences of disturbing pack dynamics."

     pawprint bullet point   Bill History   pawprint bullet point


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