Summary: S.269 — 108th Congress (2003-2004)All Information (Except Text)

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Passed Senate amended (10/31/2003)

(This measure has not been amended since it was reported to the Senate on October 23, 2003. The summary of that version is repeated here.)

Captive Wildlife Safety Act - Amends the Lacey Act Amendments of 1981 to define "prohibited wildlife species" as any live species of lion, tiger, leopard, cheetah, jaguar, or cougar and any live hybrid of any such species.

Declares it a prohibited act for any person to import, export, transport, sell, receive, acquire, or purchase in interstate or foreign commerce any prohibited wildlife species.

Exempts from this prohibition: (1) exhibitors or research facilities licensed or registered and inspected by a Federal agency; (2) sanctuaries, humane societies, animal shelters, or societies for the prevention of cruelty to animals that are tax-exempt nonprofit corporations that do not engage in commercial trade in the species (including any sale of animals, animal parts, byproducts, or offspring, exhibition of animals for photograph opportunities, or conduct of public events with live animals for financial profit or any other entertainment purpose), propagate animals, allow unescorted public visitation or direct contact between the public and wild animals, or take animals from a sanctuary or enclosure for exhibition, and maintain exceptional standards of animal care; (3) State colleges, universities, or agencies, State-licensed wildlife rehabilitators, or State-licensed veterinarians; (4) federally-licensed and inspected brokers or dealers in cases in which they are conducting any brokering or dealing activity with persons referred to in this Act; and (5) persons that have custody of the animal solely for the purpose of expeditiously transporting it to a person referred to in this Act.