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Legislation

(Introduced on behalf of Defenders of Animals)


RHODE ISLAND ANIMAL LEGISLATION:
RHODE ISLAND ANIMAL LEGISLATION:

PET STORES:
House Bill No. 7477
BY Serpa, Shanley, Solomon, McKiernan, O'Brien
(Requires pet shops to only sell cats or dogs obtained from an animal shelter, dog pound or animal rescue.)

DOGS & CATS USED FOR RESEARCH:
House Bill No. 7414
BY Lima, Fellela, Winfield, O'Brien, Solomon (Requires educational institutions using dogs or cats for medical research to make animals no longer useful for research available for adoption.)

BAN ON CAT DECLAWING:
House Bill No. 7341
BY O'Brien, Lima, Solomon, Fellela, Serpa (Prohibits declawing on a cat or other animal, unless a licensed veterinarian has determined that the procedure is necessary for a therapeutic purpose. Any person who violates this section would be subject to a fine of not more than $1,000.)

Senate Bill No. 2296
BY Paolino, Ruggerio, Morgan, Raptakis, Goodwin (Prohibits the practice of declawing cats (onychectomy) or any partial or complete phalangectomy(s) or tendonectomy(s) on cats.)

PROTECTION FOR DOGS USED FOR HUNTING:
House Bill No. 7045 SUB A
BY Serpa, Solomon, Shanley, O'Brien, Shekarchi CARE OF DOGS (Prohibits mistreatment of animals by failing to provide adequate water, shelter or veterinary care.)

Senate Bill No. 2055
BY Lynch Prata, Sosnowski, Coyne, Goodwin, McCaffrey (Repeals exception which allows hunting dogs to be kept outdoors in cold weather.)

CUSTODY OF HOUSEHOLD PETS IN DOMESTIC ABUSE CASES:
House Bill No. 7032
BY Lombardi, Coughlin, Williams, Hull
DOMESTIC ABUSE PREVENTION (Permits the family court to award custody of household pets to the plaintiff in a domestic abuse complaint.)

Senate Bill No. 2459
BY Lombardi, McCaffrey, Ciccone, Archambault AN ACT RELATING TO DOMESTIC RELATIONS -- DOMESTIC ABUSE PREVENTION (Permits the family court to award custody of household pets to the plaintiff in a domestic abuse complaint.)

House Bill No. 7167
BY O'Brien, Solomon, McEntee, Serpa, Marshall
ENTITLED, AN ACT RELATING TO DOMESTIC RELATIONS -- DOMESTIC ABUSE PREVENTION (Allows family court to provide for safety of pets in domestic abuse protective order.)

ANIMAL ABUSER REGISTRY:
House Bill No. 7025
BY Corvese, Winfield, Ucci, O'Brien, Edwards ANIMAL ABUSER REGISTRY ACT (Creates the "Animal Abuser Registry Act" which would require all persons convicted of crimes involving animal abuse to register with an online registry to be established and maintained by the attorney general's office.)

INCREASED PENALATIES FOR REPEAT CONVICTIONS OF ANIMAL CRUELTY:
Senate Bill No. 2135
BY Ciccone, Ruggerio
(Increases the penalty for repeat convictions for animal cruelty.)

House Bill No. 7168
BY O'Brien, McEntee, Serpa, Marshall, Keable (Increases the penalty for repeat convictions for animal cruelty.)

SERVICE DOGS OWNED BY THE HOMELESS:
Senate Bill No. 2133
BY Seveney, DiPalma, Coyne, Euer, Calkin ENTITLED, AN ACT RELATING TO PROPERTY - HOMELESS BILL OF RIGHTS (Protects homeless persons in possession of a service animal, as defined under the Americans with Disabilities Act, from being denied access to any homeless shelter in violation of the ADA or the state or federal Fair Housing Practices Acts.)

REPORTING OF ANIMAL ABUSE, NEGLECT, AND ABANDONMENT:
Senate Bill No. 2605
BY Lombardi, Pearson
(Requires all persons or entities caring for or having custody of an animal to report animal abuse, cruel neglect or abandonment to the police.)


REMOVING REQUIREMENT OF METAL BANDS FOR BIRDS:
House Bill No. 7151
BY Shekarchi
PSITTACINE BIRDS (Removes the requirement of using metal seamless bands to allow flexibility in using modern, safer methods of identifying and tracking psittacine birds within the state.)

THEFT OF PETS:
House Bill No. 7160
BY Ucci, Winfield, Fellela, Corvese, Lima
ENTITLED, AN ACT RELATING TO CRIMINAL OFFENSES -- THEFT, EMBEZZLEMENT, FALSE PRETENSES AND MISAPPROPRIATIONS--STEALING OF ANIMALS (Increases the penalties for stealing a pet or other domestic animal to a maximum of not more than five (5) years imprisonment or a fine of five thousand dollars ($5,000), or both.)
03/30/2018 Placed on House Calendar (04/05/2018)

RESTRICTIONS ON IVORY AND RHINO HORNS:
House Bill No. 7184
BY Vella-Wilkinson, McNamara, Nardolillo, Edwards, Ajello
SALE OF IVORY OR RHINOCEROS HORNS (Prohibits/establishes criminal penalties for the importing/selling/offering for sale/purchasing/bartering/possessing with intent to sell elephant ivory/rhinoceros horn with limited exceptions.)

POSSESSION AND BREEDING OF HYBRID CATS:
House Bill No. 7248
BY McNamara, Bennett, Serpa, Ackerman, Solomon
ENTITLED, AN ACT RELATING TO ANIMALS AND ANIMAL HUSBANDRY -- WILDCATS AND HYBRID CATS (Prohibits possession/breeding of wildcats/hybrid cats without a permit from DEM. Exempts facilities accredited by AZA. Violators subject to $500 fine or 90 days imprisonment.)

ANIMAL CARE ADVOCATE:
House Bill No. 7333
BY Keable, Williams, Serpa, Lima, Solomon
(Requires a court of competent jurisdiction to order the appointment of an animal care advocate where animal cruelty is at issue.)

PROHIBITTING PET STORES FROM RENTING/LEASING/FINANCING OF SELLING DOGS AND CATS:
House Bill No. 7420
BY Lima, Shekarchi, Ackerman, Fellela, Winfield (Prohibits the rental, lease, or finance of any sale of a cat or dog, with exceptions for animals used for breeding, shows and work.)

CHANGING THE DEFINITIONS OF UNLAWFUL CONFINEMENT OF SOW, CALVES, AND EGG-LAYING HENS:
House Bill No. 7456
BY Serpa, Shanley, Solomon, McKiernan, O'Brien UNLAWFUL CONFINEMENT OF A COVERED ANIMAL (Makes changes in the definitions of what constitutes unlawful confinement of any sow during gestation, calf raised for veal or egg-laying hen kept on a farm, and would apply them throughout the chapter accordingly.)

REGISTRATION OF GROOMERS/PET GROOMING FACILITIES:
House Bill No. 7609
BY Shekarchi, O'Brien, Lima, Serpa, Blazejewski
(Establishes registration by pet groomers and pet grooming facilities with an annual registration fee of twenty-five dollars ($25.00).

PROHIBITTING THE SALE OF DOGS UNDER 8 WEEKS OF AGE:
House Bill No. 7641
BY Shekarchi, Corvese, O'Brien, Serpa, Winfield (Prohibits the sale of dogs under 8 weeks of age unless approval for sale in writing from a licensed Rhode Island veterinarian with violations subject to imprisonment not to exceed 12 months or $1,000, or both. Pounds and shelters are exempt.)

REPORTING CRUELTY:
House Bill No. 7986
BY O'Brien, Almeida, Williams, McEntee, Ucci
(Requires persons entrusted with an animal's care to report cruelty thereto.)


DEFENDERS OF ANIMALS IS OPPOSED TO BILL S-2510 AND H-7409.
DEFINITION OF “RESIDENCE” AS A KENNEL:
Senate Bill No. 2510
BY Coyne, Ruggerio, Lynch Prata, Lombardi, Sosnowski
(Amends the definition of a kennel to include a "residence" as a location that may not be considered a kennel and specifies how many animals are
permitted therein.)

House Bill No. 7409
BY Canario, Shekarchi, O'Brien, Serpa, Lima (Amends the definition of a kennel to include a "residence" as a location that may not be considered a kennel and would specify how many animals are permitted therein.)


DEFENDERS OF ANIMALS IS OPPOSED TO BILL H-7299. THE LIVESTOCK WELFARE AND CARE STANDARDS ADVISORY COUNCIL DOES NOT HAVE ANY ANIMAL RIGHTS INDIVIDUALS ON THE COUNCIL AND THAT COUNCIL CAN ALREADY REPORT TO ANY LEGISLATIVE BODY. IT IS AN ADVISORY COUNCIL AND SHOULD NOT HAVE THE SAME STATUS AS A LEGISLATIVE COMMITTEE MADE UP OF ELECTED OFFICIALS.

House Bill No. 7229
BY Chippendale, Marszalkowski, Bennett, Casey, Hull
ENTITLED, AN ACT RELATING TO ANIMALS AND ANIMAL HUSBANDRY -- (Directs livestock advisory council to conduct public hearings on legislation involving safety/health/humane environment of livestock and present recommendations at all hearings conducted by any general assembly committee on the legislation.)

DEFENDERS OF ANIMALS IS IN FAVOR OF BILL H-7171 PROVIDED THAT THE PROTECTION INCLUDES INDIVIDUALS, WHO ARE NOT PART OF AN ORGANIZATION THAT ARE ALSO PERFORMING PROPER TRAP, NEUTER, RELEASE PROCEDURES.
House Bill No. 7171
BY Edwards, Canario, Serpa, Vella-Wilkinson, Coughlin
ENTITLED, AN ACT RELATING TO ANIMALS AND ANIMAL HUSBANDRY (Permits the trapping and release of unowned feral cats for the purpose of spaying or neutering.)

Posted on Apr 01, 2018 by defenders


Legislative Update as of March 11, 2017
House Bill No. 5160
BY Lima, Serpa, Fellela, Keable, Fogarty
ENTITLED, AN ACT RELATING TO ANIMALS AND ANIMAL HUSBANDRY - CRUELTY TO ANIMALS (Prohibits declawing on a cat or other animal, unless a veterinarian has determined that the procedure is necessary for a therapeutic purpose. Any person who violates this section would be subject to a fine.)
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01/19/2017 Introduced, referred to House H.E.W.
03/03/2017 Scheduled for hearing and/or consideration (03/08/2017)
03/08/2017 Committee recommended measure be held for further study


House Bill No. 5161
BY Lima, Serpa, Keable, Fogarty, Fellela
ENTITLED, AN ACT RELATING TO ANIMALS AND ANIMAL HUSBANDRY -- DISPOSITION OF RESEARCH ANIMALS (Requires educational institutions using dogs or cats for medical research to make animals no longer useful for research available for adoption.)
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01/19/2017 Introduced, referred to House H.E.W.
03/03/2017 Scheduled for hearing and/or consideration (03/08/2017)
03/08/2017 Committee recommended measure be held for further study


House Bill No. 5556
BY Lima, Coughlin, Solomon, O'Brien, Fellela
ENTITLED, AN ACT RELATING TO DOMESTIC RELATIONS -- PETS--CUSTODY (Requires the best interest of a domestic animal to be considered in awarding possession to a party to the action.)
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02/16/2017 Introduced, referred to House Judiciary
03/03/2017 Scheduled for hearing and/or consideration (03/07/2017)
03/07/2017 Committee recommended measure be held for further study

House Bill No. 5326
BY Solomon, Edwards, O'Brien, Williams, Serpa
ENTITLED, AN ACT RELATING TO ANIMALS AND ANIMAL HUSBANDRY -- DOGS (Requires that the sheltering and nourishment of dogs conform to the industry standards established by the Tufts Animal Care and Conditions Scale regarding outside sheltering, proper nourishment, sanitary conditions, and physical condition.)
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02/01/2017 Introduced, referred to House H.E.W.
03/03/2017 Scheduled for hearing and/or consideration (03/08/2017)
03/08/2017 Committee recommended measure be held for further study


House Bill No. 5104
BY Corvese, Ucci, Winfield, Azzinaro, Coughlin
ENTITLED, AN ACT RELATING TO ANIMALS AND ANIMAL HUSBANDRY -- ANIMAL ABUSER REGISTRY ACT (Creates the "Animal Abuser Registry Act" which requires all persons convicted of animal abuse to register with an online registry to be established and maintained by the attorney general's office.)
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01/12/2017 Introduced, referred to House Judiciary
03/03/2017 Scheduled for hearing and/or consideration (03/07/2017)
03/07/2017 Committee recommended measure be held for further study


Senate Bill No. 349
BY Archambault, Sosnowski, Conley, Coyne, Miller
ENTITLED, AN ACT RELATING TO ANIMALS AND ANIMAL HUSBANDRY - ANIMAL CARE (Imposes on breeders requirements already in place on other pet custodial agencies.)
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02/16/2017 Introduced, referred to Senate Judiciary
02/23/2017 Scheduled for hearing and/or consideration (02/28/2017)
02/28/2017 Committee recommended measure be held for further study



House Bill No. 5061
BY Keable, Williams, Serpa, Lima, Solomon
ENTITLED, AN ACT RELATING TO ANIMAL AND ANIMAL HUSBANDRY -- CRUELTY TO ANIMALS (Requires a court of competent jurisdiction to order the appointment of an animal care advocate where animal cruelty is at issue.)
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01/11/2017 Introduced, referred to House Judiciary
03/03/2017 Scheduled for hearing and/or consideration (03/07/2017)
03/07/2017 Committee recommended measure be held for further study



House Bill No. 5214
BY Ucci, Winfield, O'Brien, Fogarty
ENTITLED, AN ACT RELATING TO ANIMALS AND ANIMAL HUSBANDRY (Creates cause of action up to ($5,000) for intentional or negligent death of a pet on the owner's property.)
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01/26/2017 Introduced, referred to House Judiciary
03/03/2017 Scheduled for hearing and/or consideration (03/07/2017)
03/07/2017 Committee recommended measure be held for further study


House Resolution No. 5392
BY Morgan, Nardolillo, Roberts, Mendonca, Giarrusso
ENTITLED, HOUSE RESOLUTION RESPECTFULLY REQUESTING THAT THE STATE OF RHODE ISLAND ADOPT A MANDATORY CHILD ABUSE/DOMESTIC VIOLENCE AND ANIMAL ABUSE CROSS REPORTING SYSTEM
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02/03/2017 Introduced, referred to House Judiciary
03/03/2017 Scheduled for hearing and/or consideration (03/07/2017)
03/07/2017 Committee recommended measure be held for further study






House Bill No. 5605
BY Serpa
ENTITLED, AN ACT RELATING TO ANIMAL HUSBANDRY -- UNLAWFUL CONFINEMENT OF A COVERED ANIMAL (Defines covered animals and prohibits their abuse and sale.)
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03/01/2017 Introduced, referred to House Environment and Natural Resources


House Bill No. 5678
BY Donovan, Ranglin-Vassell, Casimiro, Carson, Fogarty
ENTITLED, AN ACT RELATING TO PROPERTY -- RHODE ISLAND FAIR HOUSING PRACTICES ACT (Guarantees persons with service animals reasonable access to housing provided the service animal does not provide a direct threat to the health and safety of others.)
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03/01/2017 Introduced, referred to House H.E.W.




House Bill No. 5728
BY Shekarchi, Serpa, Solomon, Ackerman, Lima
ENTITLED, AN ACT RELATING TO ANIMALS AND ANIMAL HUSBANDRY – CRUELTY TO ANIMALS (Imposes penalties for the deliberate or unintentional harming or killing of any animal during the commission of any crime and any sentence imposed would run consecutively to any sentence imposed for the underlying offense.)
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03/01/2017 Introduced, referred to House Judiciary
03/03/2017 Scheduled for hearing and/or consideration (03/07/2017)
03/07/2017 Committee recommended measure be held for further study


House Bill No. 5875
BY Edwards, Bennett, Serpa, Lima, O'Brien
ENTITLED, AN ACT RELATING TO ANIMALS AND ANIMAL HUSBANDRY (Exempts a "humane animal welfare group" from the offense of the abandonment of cats.)
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03/08/2017 Introduced, referred to House H.E.W.


House Bill No. 5882
BY Ackerman, Shekarchi, Lima, Serpa, O'Brien
ENTITLED, AN ACT RELATING TO ANIMALS AND ANIMAL HUSBANDRY -- CRUELTY TO ANIMALS (Adds hoarding of animals to the list of cruelty to animal offenses, and requires a mental health evaluation for a person convicted of animal cruelty involving hoarding.)
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03/09/2017 Introduced, referred to House H.E.W.


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Senate Bill No. 390 (will support Provided it requires a mental health evaluation for a person convicted of animal cruelty involving hoarding.)
BY Jabour, Lombardi, Doyle, Lynch Prata
ENTITLED, AN ACT RELATING TO ANIMALS AND ANIMAL HUSBANDRY -- CRUELTY TO ANIMALS (Defines animal hoarding and would add animal hoarding to the list of conduct considered cruelty to animals and proscribed by law.)
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03/02/2017 Introduced, referred to Senate Judiciary


Senate Bill No. 356 (Will support provided any RI incorporated humane organization is incuded)
BY Ruggerio, Goodwin, Sosnowski, Miller, Pearson
ENTITLED, AN ACT RELATING TO MOTOR AND OTHER VEHICLES - REGISTRATION OF VEHICLES (Creates the Ocean State Animal Coalition motor vehicle plate to help raise revenue and subsidize spay and neuter services for cats and dogs.)
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02/16/2017 Introduced, referred to Senate Special Legislation and Veterans Affairs
02/23/2017 Scheduled for hearing and/or consideration (03/01/2017)
03/01/2017 Committee recommended measure be held for further study



House Bill No. 5425 (Will support provided any RI incorporated humane organization is incuded)
BY Serpa, Winfield, Solomon, Canario, Costantino
ENTITLED, AN ACT RELATING TO MOTOR AND OTHER VEHICLES - REGISTRATION OF VEHICLES (Creates the Ocean State Animal Coalition motor vehicle plate to help raise revenue and subsidize spay and neuter services for cats and dogs.)
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02/08/2017 Introduced, referred to House Finance



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Senate Bill No. 110 (Defenders of Animals is against this bill; it is cruelty to animals and unsafe)
BY Lombardo, Kettle
ENTITLED, AN ACT RELATING TO FISH AND WILDLIFE - BIRDS (Legalizes the taking of wild migratory birds by crossbow.)
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02/01/2017 Introduced, referred to Senate Environment and Agriculture

House Bill No. 5386 (This legislation would allow anyone on a farm to perform a number of practices without having the expertise of a veterinarian and would result in cruelty to farm animals)
BY Filippi, Roberts, Quattrocchi, Chippendale, Price
ENTITLED, AN ACT RELATING TO BUSINESSES AND PROFESSIONS - VETERINARY PRACTICE (Allows non-veterinarians to perform certain husbandry procedures that are commonly performed by owners of animal pets and livestock.)
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02/03/2017 Introduced, referred to House H.E.W.
03/03/2017 Scheduled for hearing and/or consideration (03/08/2017)
03/08/2017 Committee recommended measure be held for further study


House Bill No. 5470 (This legislation would allow anyone on a farm to perform a number of practices without having the expertise of a veterinarian and would result in cruelty to farm animals)
(Dept. of Environmental Management)
BY Shekarchi, Bennett, Shanley, Cunha, Filippi
ENTITLED, AN ACT RELATING TO BUSINESSES AND PROFESSIONS -- VETERINARY PRACTICE (Removes certain restrictions on who can perform routine husbandry procedures on livestock and allows a licensed human medical practitioner to assist a licensed veterinarian.)
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02/15/2017 Introduced, referred to House H.E.W.
03/03/2017 Scheduled for hearing and/or consideration (03/08/2017)
03/08/2017 Committee recommended measure be held for further study
Posted on Mar 11, 2017 by defenders


Rhode Island Legislation Update March 5, 2017
We need our members and supporters to attend the hearings on Wednesday, March 8 and to send emails to the members of the HEW Committee asking them to vote FOR H-5160; H-5161; and H-5326. Please ask the members to vote AGAINST H-5386 and H-5470.
Notice of Public Hearings:
Wednesday, March 8, 2017,
Room 101, RI State House
Time: Rise of the House (4:30 PM) Defenders of Animals is supporting Bills H-5160; H-5161; and H-5326.

March 6, 2017
House Bill No. 5160
BY Lima, Serpa, Fellela, Keable, Fogarty
(Prohibits declawing on a cat or other animal, unless a veterinarian has determined that the procedure is necessary for a therapeutic purpose. Any person who violates this section would be subject to a fine.)
Scheduled for hearing and/or consideration (03/08/2017)

House Bill No. 5161
BY Lima, Serpa, Keable, Fogarty, Fellela
DISPOSITION OF RESEARCH ANIMALS (Requires educational institutions using dogs or cats for medical research to make animals no longer useful for research available for adoption.)
Scheduled for hearing and/or consideration (03/08/2017)

House Bill No. 5326
BY Solomon, Edwards, O'Brien, Williams, Serpa (Requires that the sheltering and nourishment of dogs conform to the industry standards established by the Tufts Animal Care and Conditions Scale regarding outside sheltering, proper nourishment, sanitary conditions, and physical condition.)
Scheduled for hearing and/or consideration (03/08/2017)
We are OPPOSED to the following two bills:

House Bill No. 5386
BY Filippi, Roberts, Quattrocchi, Chippendale, Price
(Allows non-veterinarians to perform certain husbandry procedures that are commonly performed by owners of animal pets and livestock.)
Scheduled for hearing and/or consideration (03/08/2017)

House Bill No. 5470
(Dept. of Environmental Management)
BY Shekarchi, Bennett, Shanley, Cunha, Filippi
(Removes certain restrictions on who can perform routine husbandry procedures on livestock and allows a licensed human medical practitioner to assist a licensed veterinarian.)
Scheduled for hearing and/or consideration (03/08/2017)

House HEW Committee
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We need our members and supporters to attend the hearings on Tuesday, March 7 and to send emails to the members of the House Judiciary Committee listed below to support the following bills on this Page and the following page:

House Bill No. 5556
BY Lima, Coughlin, Solomon, O'Brien, Fellela PETS--CUSTODY (Requires the best interest of a domestic animal to be considered in awarding possession to a party to the action.) House Judiciary Scheduled for hearing and/or consideration (03/07/2017)

House Bill No. 5104
BY Corvese, Ucci, Winfield, Azzinaro, Coughlin
ANIMAL ABUSER REGISTRY ACT (Creates the "Animal Abuser Registry Act" which requires all persons convicted of animal abuse to register with an online registry to be established and maintained by the attorney general's office.)
House Judiciary Scheduled for hearing and/or consideration (03/07/2017)



House Resolution No. 5392
BY Morgan, Nardolillo, Roberts, Mendonca, Giarrusso
ENTITLED, HOUSE RESOLUTION RESPECTFULLY REQUESTING THAT THE STATE OF RHODE ISLAND ADOPT A MANDATORY CHILD ABUSE/DOMESTIC VIOLENCE AND ANIMAL ABUSE CROSS REPORTING SYSTEM Scheduled for hearing and/or consideration (03/07/2017)

House Bill No. 5214
BY Ucci, Winfield, O'Brien, Fogarty
Creates cause of action up to ($5,000) for intentional or negligent death of a pet on the owner's property. House Judiciary Scheduled for hearing and/or consideration (03/07/2017)

House Bill No. 5061
BY Keable, Williams, Serpa, Lima, Solomon (Requires a court of competent jurisdiction to order the appointment of an animal care advocate where animal cruelty is at issue.) Scheduled for hearing and/or consideration (03/07/2017)

House Bill No. 5728
BY Shekarchi, Serpa, Solomon, Ackerman, Lima (Imposes penalties for the deliberate or unintentional harming or killing of any animal during the commission of any crime and any sentence imposed would run consecutively to any sentence imposed for the underlying offense.)
House Judiciary Scheduled for hearing and/or consideration (03/07/2017)



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Posted on Mar 05, 2017 by defenders


Legislation as of March 13, 2016: RI General Assembly
There are currently 32 bills under consideration at the RI General Assembly.

Defenders of Animals Supports the following 20 bills and is opposed to the 12 bills that follow:


House Bill No. 7061
BY Solomon, Edwards, Palangio, Williams, Serpa
(Requires that the sheltering and nourishment of dogs conform to the industry standards established by the Tufts Animal Care and Conditions Scale regarding outside sheltering, proper nourishment, sanitary conditions, and physical condition.)
referred to House H.E.W.


House Bill No. 7083 (Sub A) is being processed)
BY Fellela, Carnevale, Messier, Winfield, Ucci
(Requires that animal shelters meet certain specified conditions prior to euthanizing an animal.)
referred to House H.E.W.

Senate Bill No. 2100
BY Ruggerio, Walaska, Sosnowski, Archambault, Lynch Prata
(Increases the imprisonment penalty for a malicious injury or killing of an animal from 2 to 5 years. Also, imposes an additional assessment if it can be proven that the convicted person is found to have committed said offense in the presence of a child.)
referred to Senate Judiciary


Senate Bill No. 2109
BY Archambault, Coyne, Conley, Goldin, Ciccone
(Authorizes police/animal control officer to hold animal up to 72 hours pending court hearing as to costs, fees, charges, surrender of ownership of the animal.)
03/03/2016 Referred to House Judiciary


Senate Bill No. 2657
BY Ruggerio, Lynch Prata, Sosnowski, Coyne, Archambault
(Imposes a penalty of imprisonment not exceeding two (2) years or a fine not exceeding one thousand dollars ($1,000) where an offense of cruelty to an animal results in the animal’s death.)
Introduced, referred to Senate Judiciary
08/2016 Committee recommends passage




Senate Bill No. 2658
(Attorney General)
BY Ruggerio, Archambault, Nesselbush, Lombardi, Conley
(Increases the penalty for cruelty to animals, the malicious injury or killing of animals, from not more than 2 years to not more than 5 years, and increases the mandatory community service from 10 hours to 50 hours.)
referred to Senate Judiciary
Committee recommends passage



House Bill No. 7062
BY Serpa, McKiernan, O'Brien, Fogarty, Shekarchi
(Repeals certain provisions which accepted certain individuals from complying with care of dogs as it relates to tethering and confinement.)
referred to House H.E.W.



House Bill No. 7065 (Sub A is being processed)
BY Palangio, Winfield, Shekarchi, Lima, Serpa
(Requires that municipal animal control officers be certified by the National Animal Care & Control Association.)
Introduced, referred to House Municipal Government


House Bill No. 7257
BY Lima, Palangio, Maldonado, Fogarty, Shekarchi
(Permits dogs in outdoor dining areas of restaurants under certain circumstances.)
referred to House H.E.W.
03/11/2016 Scheduled for consideration (03/16/2016)


House Bill No. 7317
(Attorney General)
BY O'Brien, Serpa, Lima, Marshall, McKiernan
(Increases the penalty for cruelty to animals, the malicious injury or killing of animals, from not more than 2 years to not more than 5 years, and increases the mandatory community service from 10 hours to 50 hours.)
01/22/2016 Introduced, referred to House Judiciary




House Bill No. 7324
BY Serpa, Craven, O'Brien, Shekarchi, Lima
(Makes changes to and clarify the definition of what constitutes unlawful confinement of a "covered animal" and would apply them throughout the chapter accordingly.)
referred to House Environment and Natural Resources




House Bill No. 7392
BY Serpa, O'Brien, Shekarchi, Craven, Nardolillo
(Imposes a penalty of imprisonment not exceeding two (2) years or a fine not exceeding one thousand dollars ($1,000) where an offense of cruelty to an animal results in the animal’s death.)
referred to House Judiciary



House Bill No. 7414
BY Shekarchi, Serpa, Corvese, Ackerman, Solomon
(Creates the "Animal Abuser Registry Act" which would require all persons convicted of animal abuse to register with an on-line registry to be established and maintained by the attorney general's office.)
referred to House Judiciary


House Bill No. 7604
BY Gallison, Serpa
(Prohibits the use of bullhooks or similar devices on elephants.)
referred to House Judiciary


House Bill No. 7605
BY Ucci, Palangio, Winfield, Marshall, Kazarian
(Creates a cause of action for the intentional or negligent death of a pet.)
referred to House Judiciary






House Bill No. 7800
BY Carnevale
(Authorizes an animal shelter to claim an animal has been abandoned by its owner and put the animal up for adoption or dispose of it in a humane way after a reasonable attempt has been made to find the owner.)
referred to House Judiciary




House Bill No. 7831
(Environmental Management)
BY O'Brien, McKiernan, Almeida, Carnevale, Marshall
(Raises the level of care required for animals being offered for sale and in facilities holding stray animals. It would increase penalties for those who mistreat animals in such facilities.)
referred to House Judiciary


House Bill No. 7440
BY Shekarchi, Serpa, Lima, Gallison, O'Brien
(Prohibits the possession sale or trade of shark fins by those without a permit and would make those in violation of this act guilty of a misdemeanor. Permits for limited purposes would be issued by DEM.)
referred to House Environment and Natural Resources



Senate Bill No. 2676
BY Sosnowski, Ruggerio, Walaska, DiPalma
(Prohibits the possession of shark fins by all persons except during the ordinary course of preparing the shark for consumption or sale, or with a permit for noncommercial scientific research.)
referred to Senate Environment and Agriculture

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Defenders of Animals position: it is important that they receive a psychological evaluation and treatment.
Senate Bill No. 2522
BY Jabour, Picard, Pearson, Pichardo
(Adds hoarding of animals to the list of cruelty to animal offenses.)
referred to Senate Environment and Agriculture



Defenders of Animals position: This bill if passed will punish responsible pet owners that have over ten cats. In addition, many RI cities/towns do not have limits on the number of cats per household.

Senate Bill No. 2555
BY Jabour, Pearson, Ciccone, Lombardi, Kettle
(Limits the number of cats per household to ten (10) without special permission.)
referred to Senate Environment and Agriculture

Defenders of Animals position: Too many cruel practices already take place on some farms. This bill would increase the inhumane acts that already take place.

Defenders of Animals position: Although there needs to be standards followed, the make up of the Livestock Welfare and Case Standards Advisory Council does not have animal rights representation.

BY Sosnowski, Conley, Archambault, Goldin, Crowley
(Requires livestock dealers to follow standards adopted by the livestock welfare and care standards advisory council.)
referred to Senate Environment and Agriculture

Defenders of Animals position: There are many individuals taking care of abandoned cats and agencies doing the same not just "Releasing agencies." We are in favor of a wording change.
House Bill No. 7132
BY Edwards, Canario
(Exempts a "licensed releasing agency" from the offense of abandoning cats.)
Referred to House H.E.W.

Defenders of Animals position: This would be a horrible inhumane method of killing birds.
Senate Bill No. 2737
BY Lombardo, Lombardi, Archambault, Fogarty, Kettle
(Legalizes the taking of wild migratory birds by crossbow.)
referred to Senate Environment and Agriculture

House Bill No. 7460
BY Corvese, Carnevale, Lima, Nardolillo, Chippendale
(Legalizes the taking of wild migratory birds by crossbow.)
02/04/2016 Introduced, referred to House Judiciary


Defenders of Animals position: it is important that they receive a psychological evaluation and treatment.
House Bill No. 7258
BY Ackerman, Shekarchi, Solomon, Bennett, Fogarty
(Adds hoarding of animals to the list of cruelty to animal offenses.)
referred to House H.E.W.


House Bill No. 7645
BY Filippi
(Allows non-veterinarians to perform certain husbandry procedures that are commonly performed by owners of animal pets and livestock.)
referred to House H.E.W.


Senate Bill No. 2737
BY Lombardo, Lombardi, Archambault, Fogarty, Kettle
(Legalizes the taking of wild migratory birds by crossbow.)
Referred to Senate Environment and Agriculture Committee

House Bill No. 7460
BY Corvese, Carnevale, Lima, Nardolillo, Chippendale
(Legalizes the taking of wild migratory birds by crossbow.)
referred to House Judiciary

House Bill No. 7768
BY Serpa, Ackerman, Fellela, Tobon, Lima
(Authorizes the director of the department of environmental management to promulgate rules and regulations to permit the administrative enforcement of regulations pertaining to cruelty to animals.)
referred to House Judiciary




House Bill No. 7738
BY Shekarchi
(Repeals the law on the control of vicious dogs and amends the definition of vicious dog.)
referred to House Judiciary

House Bill No. 7646
BY Shekarchi, Keable
(Limits the number of cats per household to ten (10) without special permission.)
referred to House H.E.W.


This bill incorrectly defines a broker as anyone that is involved in the placement of animal including a relative of the pet owner and any third party involved.

House Bill No. 7831
(Environmental Management)
BY O'Brien, McKiernan, Almeida, Carnevale, Marshall
(Raises the level of care required for animals being offered for sale and in facilities holding stray animals. It would increase penalties for those who mistreat animals in such facilities.)
referred to House Judiciary
Posted on Mar 13, 2016 by defenders


Animal protection Laws in Rhode Island: “The Enemy Within”
Rhode Island will never have strong enough animal protection laws because there are groups and individuals, who have been entrusted to protect animals, fighting animal protection legislation. Their opposition to animal protection legislation is documented by legislative committees’ sign-in sheets and submitted documentation. We offer some examples of this problem. Many animal protection bills have been fought over the years.<br><br>It took Defenders of Animals years to get rid of the gas chamber. We had to fight year after year at the state house and in individual cities and towns not only the animal control officers that were still using the gas chamber but also the RISPCA, the Providence Animal Rescue League (PARL), and two RI veterinarians. The barbaric device known as the gas chamber was used by the RISPCA, the Providence Animal Rescue League (PARL) and numerous municipal shelters. We first had the gas chamber banned in East Providence, Providence, Coventry, and then statewide.<br><br>In recent legislative hearings, we requested legislation be introduced by Representative Felella and cosponsored by Representatives Serpa, Messier, Dickinson, and Ucci that was based on a Delaware law that pertained to animal shelters going through five easy steps before euthanizing an animal. That legislation was fought by the former director of the Providence Animal Shelter, the RISPCA, Providence Animal Rescue League (PARL), the Potter League, and others. <br><br>In the last legislative session, the two agencies testifying in favor of another bill House Bill H-5466, was the Attorney General’s office and Defenders of Animals. <br>The bill was introduced by Representative O’brien and cosponsored by Representatives Palangio, Amore, Slater, and Casey. The legislation would have increased the imprisonment penalty for a malicious injury or killing of an animal from 2 to 5 years. It would have imposed an additional assessment if it could have been proven that the convicted person is found to have committed said offense in the presence of a child. <br><br>A bill introduced by Representative Palangio and cosponsored by Representatives Serpa, Winfield, Regunberg, and Lima would have prohibited a city or town from enacting any rule, regulation, or ordinance restricting an individual or organization from providing food or shelter to a domesticated animal was fought by RI State Veterinarian Scott Marshall, and the Cranston Animal Control Officer Patricia Maxwell.<br><br>So the issue of animal protection and justice for animals happens with the state legislature first and not just the courts. <br>The organizations and individuals that are supposed to protect animals that have been against animal protection legislation need to be taken to task. <br><br>In addition, the courts in RI have not always been lenient regarding animal issues. In fact, we have had some outstanding rulings in favor of animals from Judges Stephen P. Nugent,<br>Kristin E. Rodgers, Brian Van Couyghen, and former Judges Stephen J. Fortunato Jr. and former Judge Thomas H. Needham.
Posted on Sep 13, 2015 by defenders


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