Just an FYI this is in committee, feel free to contact your local Senator in Illinois. I did and was glad, there are a lot of rumors going around.
Thank you for your comments regarding SB3264. I appreciate you taking the time to share your thoughts with me.
The current Illinois Dangerous Animals Act was written in 1969 and has a loophole in the law that allows the general public and pet stores to own venomous reptiles without any inspection authority or monitoring protocol. Because of this loophole in the current law and the fact that the exotic animal trade being more popular now, newer regulation of these animals is needed so that public health and safety is not jeopardized.
This proposed act recognizes that not all exotic species create a danger to be kept in captivity. A Dangerous Animals Advisory Committee will be formed so that as new data and science become available, the list of dangerous animals can be updated. This Committee can also seek input from and advise the public of new potential dangers from a species. The bill will offer permits to those who have met the requirements of experience, housing, and captive maintenance for those species allowable by law through administrative rules. As with the implementation of all administrative rules, the discussion of this permit process will require and provide a public comment period.
I understand that as currently drafted the language regarding some snakes may be too vague. The Department of Natural Resources will work with herpetologists on better defining reptile categories.
Please contact me at 773-769-1717 with any additional comments or concerns.
Heather A. Steans
State Senator District 7
The senators email address is [email protected]
, the phone numbers are 217-782-8492, and of course the Chicago number (don't most Illinois Politicians have one?) 773-769-1717
This is a piggyback bill, due to the bad publicity the Big Snakes in the Everglades are receiving. It's time to make a call or send an email if you care. The way I understand it now is that all Boas and Pythons are up to be banned. The official language is being written by the ILDNR's Mike Stevens. There will also be some sort of permit process.