ALERT: Washington Animal Program Ban
SB5148 and HB1157 ban programs with thousands of species including ALL “snakes and reptiles,” ferrets, sugar gliders, and more. Unsuspecting Washingtonians do not know this is a ban on educational programs in classrooms, public libraries, at Scout Troop meetings, and anywhere else because the stated intent is misleading.

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ALERT: Connecticut Animal Program Ban
The Connecticut Animal Advocacy Caucus has introduced a traveling exotic animal performance ban (HB5123) again for the 2023 session with some slight differences from previous versions. The bill’s Statement of Purpose: “To prohibit the use of certain animals in traveling animal acts.” This will prohibit using certain animals (listed in our alert) in outreach programs with the assumption that inherent cruelty and abuse are present. There are no exceptions.

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ALERT: Loudoun County, Virginia Ban
Loudoun County is proposing a ban on “wild or exotic animals” (see species list in full alert) deemed as a public safety risk by the County. This is in reaction to an irresponsible owner whose illegally owned alligator escaped.

This issue will be discussed during the Bard of Supervisors business meeting on January 17 at 4:00 at 1 Harrison St. SE, Leesburg, VA. Get the meeting details at

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