The 2017 legislative session begins on Monday, April 10th., and ends on June 8th.
Stay tuned for information on bills filed on behalf of animal welfare.
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List of animal welfare related bills for the 2017 legislative session as of June 8th
Specifies that an animal is declared abandoned after a declared emergency when the animal is receiving temporary shelter services and the owner does not claim the animal within 30 days of the declared emergency.
FINAL: CHANGED FROM 90 DAYS TO 30 DAYS. ONLY APPLIES TO EMERGENCY SHELTERS UNDER THE CONTROL OF THE DEPT OF AG.
The Louisiana Animal Welfare Commission (LAWC) is replaced by the Louisiana Animal Control Advisory Task Force under the control of the Department of Agriculture. The amendments add one member from the public; keeps the Animal Shelter Registry intact, and renames the tax return checkoff from LAWC to the Louisiana Pet Overpopulation Council.
FINAL: DEPT OF AG WILL FILE AN ANNUAL REPORT ON FEBRUARY 1 AND SUBMIT TO THE HOUSE AND SENATE AG COMMITTEES TO REPORT THE STATUS OF THE ANIMAL CONTROL PROGRAM
INCREASED MEMBERSHIP OF COMMITTEE FROM 5 TO 7
1 -SMALL ANIMAL VET
2 – PUBLIC AT LARGE
1 – LACA REPRESENTATIVE
1 – LA VET MEDICAL ASSOC
1 – DIR OF ANIMAL CONTROL
STATE VETERINARIAN – DR BRENT ROBBINS
DELETED THE PET REGISTRY PROGRAM BUT LEFT THE ANIMAL SHELTER REGISTRY INTACT
CHANGED THE TAX RETURN DONATION FROM LAWC TO LA PET OVERPOPULATION ADVISORY COUNCIL
Requires inspectors and shelter personnel to annually attend training offered by an accredited organization such as the Louisiana Animal Control Association (LACA), and shelters may maintain a social media account.
FINAL: AUTHORIZES SHELTERS TO POST ON SOCIAL MEDIA
PARISH AUTHORIZES INSPECTIONS AND INSPECTOR SHALL ATTEND ANNUAL TRAINING AS LONG AS ONLINE SESSIONS ARE OFFERED
SHELTER PERSONNEL ARE NOW REQUIRED TO ATTEND ANNUAL TRAINING AS LONG AS ONLINE SESSIONS ARE OFFERED.
DELETED MANDATORY 3 DAY HOLD PROVISION
AGRICULTURE: Prohibits the roadside sale of domestic rabbits
Current Status: Pending House Agriculture, Forestry, Aquaculture, and Rural Development
Never heard by Committee
Proposed law prohibits a person from selling, offering for sale, delivering, bartering, auctioning, giving away or transferring any rabbit on the shoulder of the road of any state, local or interstate highway or at any festival in this state. Also health, food, and maintenance requirements for stores, shops, vendors, and others offering domestic rabbits for sale.