Novem ber 9, 2017
MEM ORA NDU M
November 7, 2017
Public Safety Committee
Jeff Zyon lfenio r Legislative Analyst
Bill 23-17, Animal Contro l-Perfo rmanc e Animal - Violations
Bill 23-17, Animal Control - Performance Animal - Violations, sponsored by Lead Sponsors
Councilmembers Rice and Leventhal, and Co-Sponsors Councilmembers Katz, Navarro, Riemer,
Elrich, Rucke r and Council President Berliner, was introduced on June 27. A public hearing was
held on July 18 and a Public Safety Committee worksession was held oii September 11. The lead
sponsors of the Bill, Councilmembers Rice and Leventhal also participated at that meeting. The
Committee directed staff to draft alternative provisions to Bill 23-17 as introduced related to:
an exemp tion for agricultural fairs and educational animal exhibits integral to
an exclusion for some reptiles (snakes);
an exclusion of any animal raised for food (bison, emus, llamas, and ostriches),
or fiber (alpacas);
an explicit exclusion for ponies; and
making the provisions of the Bill effective in a prov1s1on other than the
provisions for dangerous or potentially dangerous animals (Section 5-202).
The attached revised Bill, satisfies the Comm ittee's request with editorial changes. All animals
used for food, fiber, or commo n pets are excluded from the list of animals prohibited in a traveling
animal act. 1 An agricultural fair or any other agricultural event, even acts that travel with non-
excluded animals, may exhibit any animal that is not prohibited.
The following orders/families would
be prohibited at all under the redrafted Bill:
squamata (all species of snakes),
struthioniformes (such as ostriches),
casuariiformes (such as emus).
Artiodactyla, would have more exception to the exclusions such that the list of excluded animals would include-
domestic cattle, bison, American buffalo, water buffalo, yak, :zebu, gayal, bali cattle, suidae, sheep, goats, llamas, or
Perissodactyla would exclude ponies in addition to the exclusion of domestic horses, ponies, donkeys, or mules.