Rep Albert introduces bill to enact high standards for breeding of large

Rep Albert introduces bill to enact high standards for breeding of large

first_img Bill promotes conservation and safety of animals and patronsLANSING – State Rep. Thomas Albert today introduced new legislation that would provide high standards for the breeding of large carnivores to promote conservation and animal safety.“This important legislation promotes the health and safety of animals and creates high standards for conservation breeding programs in Michigan,” Albert said. “Given the enormous excitement over the new female polar bear at the Detroit Zoo and all of the press in recent months, it’s time that we update our laws so the breeding of large carnivores is no longer illegal in Michigan.”The legislation will ensure all zoos – public or private – maintain high standards and meet specific criteria to breed large carnivores in Michigan. The measure also establishes a three-person board that includes the State of Michigan’s veterinarian to approve any organization that wishes to breed a large carnivore. Any zoo wishing to have large carnivores must also be licensed by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA).“Conservation breeding programs are a key part of zoos’ education programs and conservation efforts, which is why passing this legislation is necessary for the success of our zoos,” Albert said. “This legislation will put visitor and animal safety first while preventing bad actors from mistreating animals or putting people at risk.”### Categories: Albert News 10Apr Rep. Albert introduces bill to enact high standards for breeding of large carnivoreslast_img

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