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Rhode Island Legislation: 2021
Please contact your RI State Senator and your RI State Representative and ask them to support the following animal protection legislation.

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This is the legislation that Defenders of Animals, Inc., is presently supporting:
Legislative Status Report
{Session Year: 2021} {Category: Animals}

House Bill No. 5736 BY Fellela, Serpa, Fenton-Fung, Messier, Lima (Provides as a violation for any person leaving a dog outside and unattended in temperatures of thirty-two degrees Fahrenheit or below, or ninety degrees Fahrenheit (90°) or above, would be subject to a fine of not more than one thousand dollars ($1,000).) referred to House Judiciary.

House Bill No. 5376
BY Donovan, Carson, Speakman, Cortvriend, Caldwell, Kislak, Handy, Ruggiero, McEntee, Bennett (Prohibits the release of balloons inflated with lighter-than-air gas subject to $250 fine. Effective November 1, 2021.) Introduced, referred to House Judiciary.

Senate Bill No. 38 BY Sosnowski, Ruggerio, McCaffrey, Coyne, Euer (Prohibits the release of balloons inflated with lighter-than-air gas.) referred to Senate Environment and Agriculture

Senate Bill No. 252 BY Lombardo, Miller, Ruggerio, Gallo, Kallman, McCaffrey, Goodwin (Expands the definition of "qualifying patient" to include any animal having a debilitating medical condition as determined by a veterinarian for purposes of a prescription for medical marijuana.) referred to Senate Judiciary.

Senate Bill No. 278 BY Valverde, Ruggerio, Murray, DiMario, Lawson (Prohibits a medical training program from using live animals if another accredited training program in the same medical discipline does not use animals or if an alternative teaching method exists.) referred to Senate Health and Human Services

Senate Bill No. 308 BY Archambault, McCaffrey, Coyne, DiMario, Burke (Increases penalties for animal cruelty.) referred to Senate Judiciary.

Senate Bill No. 309 BY Archambault, Euer, Coyne, Kallman, DiMario, McCaffrey, Burke (Prohibits a person convicted of unnecessary cruelty to animals from owning or exercising control of an animal for life and be subject to fine of $1000 for each violation of this act.) referred to Senate Judiciary.

Senate Bill No. 311 BY Archambault, Euer, DiMario, Coyne, Miller (Prohibits captive hunting and the possession, the sale, breeding or importation of any mammal for the purpose of captive hunting.) referred to Senate Judiciary.

Senate Bill No. 319 BY Archambault, Lombardo, Kallman, Burke (Authorizes a law enforcement or animal control officer to hold an animal confined in a motor vehicle up to seventy-two (72) hours pending a district court hearing.) referred to Senate Judiciary.

Senate Bill No. 402 BY DiMario, Archambault, Valverde, Euer, DiPalma, Sosnowski, Miller, Goodwin, Goldin, Cano (Defines captive hunting as a hunt that occurs within a structure designed to restrict the free movement of animals and prevents the animal from escaping and would prohibit captive hunting within the state of Rhode Island.) referred to
Senate Judiciary.

Senate Bill No. 469 BY DiMario, Euer, Valverde, DiPalma, Seveney, Calkin, Bell, Kallman, Anderson (Prohibits industrial sized factory farming.) referred to Senate Environment and Agriculture

Senate Bill No. 482 BY Burke, Archambault, McCaffrey, Lombardi, Lombardo, Felag, Goodwin, Ruggerio, Paolino, Pearson (Provides that volunteer health practitioners from other states be permitted to provide medical/veterinary services and have limited immunity and be treated as if state employees for workers' compensation purposes during period of declared emergency.) referred to Senate Health and Human Services

Senate Bill No. 489 BY Coyne, Sosnowski, Archambault, Lombardo (Establishes a process for the donation of unused medications for use by nonprofit, state, and local facilities by owners of animals.) referred to Senate Health and Human Services

Senate Bill No. 531 BY Ciccone, Calkin, Ruggerio, Acosta (Prohibits sale/offer for sale of cosmetic product by cosmetic manufacturer/supplier of cosmetic ingredients using animal testing eff. 1/1/22 subject to penalty up to $1,000.) referred to Senate Judiciary.

House Bill No. 5040 BY Corvese (Creates the "animal abuser registry act" which would require all persons convicted of felonies involving animal abuse, to register with an online registry to be established and maintained by the department of public safety.)referred to House Judiciary.

House Bill No. 5058 BY McNamara (Prohibits the practice of importing a wild animal into the state, which animal is not native or domestic to the state, for the purpose of conducting canned hunting.) referred to House Environment and Natural Resource

House Bill No. 5165 BY Bennett (Authorizes emergency medical service providers to transport and provide first aid to police dogs injured in the line of duty.)

House Bill No. 5188 BY Serpa, O'Brien, Phillips, Lima (Prohibits the sale, offer of sale, trade or distribution of fur products as defined and makes any violation punishable by a fine of five hundred dollars ($500) up to five thousand dollars ($5,000) and up to one year in jail.) referred to House Judiciary.

House Bill No. 5190 BY Serpa, O'Brien, Lima Includes domestic pets as eligible to use medical marijuana if certified by a licensed veterinarian.) referred to House H.E.W.

House Bill No. 5295 BY Solomon, Edwards, Lima (Prohibits a medical training program from using live animals if another accredited training program in the same medical discipline does not use animals or if an alternative teaching method exists.) referred to House Judiciary.

House Bill No. 5329 BY Slater (Defines captive hunting as a hunt that occurs within a structure designed to restrict the free movement of animals and prevents the animal from escaping and would prohibit captive hunting within the state of Rhode Island.)

House Bill No. 5462 BY Edwards, Serpa (Provides that the trapping and subsequent release of any unowned feral or free roaming cat for the purpose of spaying or neutering of the cat shall not be considered abandonment.)

House Bill No. 5551 BY Lima (Bans the sale of cosmetics developed/manufactured using animal testing. A violation would be a $1,000 fine for each offense.) referred to House Health & Human Services

House Bill No. 5569 BY Lombardi (Permits the family court to award custody of household pets to the plaintiff in a domestic abuse complaint.)

House Bill No. 5580 BY Lima (Creates a custody procedure for pets in divorce and separation proceedings based on the best interests of the animal. This act would not apply to assistance/service animals.) referred to House Judiciary.

House Bill No. 5610 BY O'Brien (Prohibits captive hunting and the possession, the sale, breeding or importation of any mammal for the purpose of captive hunting.) referred to House Environment and Natural Resources

House Bill No. 5616 BY O'Brien (Prohibits declawing of 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.) referred to House Judiciary.

House Bill No. 5617 BY O'Brien (Prohibits person convicted of unnecessary cruelty to animals from owning or exercising control of an animal for life. Penalty for violation one thousand dollars ($1000) and forfeiture of animal.) referred to House Judiciary.

House Bill No. 5618 BY O'Brien (Creates a legal process by which formerly cohabitating parties could seek from the district court a determination as to ownership of any pet.) referred to House Judiciary.

House Bill No. 5641 BY Kislak, Bennett, Kazarian, Speakman, Cortvriend, Carson, Donovan (Prohibits the use of neonicotinoids which are a class of insecticides.) referred to House Environment and Natural Resources

House Bill No. 5736 BY Fellela, Serpa, Fenton-Fung, Messier, Lima (Provides as a violation for any person leaving a dog outside and unattended in temperatures of thirty-two degrees Fahrenheit or below, or ninety degrees Fahrenheit (90°) or above, would be subject to a fine of not more than one thousand dollars ($1,000).) referred to House Judiciary.

House Bill No. 5737 BY Solomon (Enhances the penalties for the violation of any law, rule or regulation relating to wild animals.) referred to House Judiciary.

House Bill No. 5876 BY Baginski, Serpa, Caldwell, Potter (Allows defendant to be served petition at arraignment for animal cruelty.) referred to House Judiciary.

House Bill No. 5903 BY Carson, Serpa, Lima (Provides that pet insurance policies provide notice in bold print of coverage exclusions and provide coverage for routine and preventative care and be allowed to provide coverage for wellness visits.) referred to House Corporations.
Posted on Jan 30, 2020 by defenders


Seeking to take away constitutional protections
LETTERS
Seeking to take away constitutional protections
Cranston Herald

Posted Wednesday, November 20, 2019 2:08 pm
To the Editor:

Imagine the RI State Veterinarian and the RISPCA demanding to enter your home without a search warrant and if you denied them access being fined $350 per day until they obtained a search warrant. The legislation was House Bill No. 5297 introduced in the last General Assembly session that would have taken your fourth amendment rights away.

Opposing the legislation was the Defenders of Animals, Inc., and the
Rhode Island American Civil Liberties Union. The RI ACLU stated, "We do not believe the General Assembly can give the DEM much less a private entity the power to enter people's homes based on a written complaint raising a vague concern about an animal's care or welfare."

Moreover, the legislation was disguised as an attempt to target unlicensed rescuers; however, the wording included "any person who renders a service to any animal."

The 4th Amendment to the United States Constitution was added as part of the Bill of Rights on December 15, 1791. It deals with protecting people from the searching of their homes and private property without properly executed search warrants.
The RI DEM and the RISPCA have no business taking that protection away nor should elected officials ever again consider such a proposal.

Dennis Tabella
Director of Defenders of Animals, Inc.
Posted on Jan 24, 2020 by defenders


Rhode Island Legislation 2019
Defenders of Animals is in favor of the following 22 bills, wants changes made to the four bills that follow, and is opposed to the last three bills listed: Rhode Island Legislation 2019

House Bill No. 5072
BY Serpa, Lima, Shekarchi, McKiernan, Shanley (Prohibits pet shops from offering for sale cats or dogs that are not obtained from an animal shelter, dog pound or animal rescue. Further prohibits any person from selling, exchanging, trading, bartering or displaying any dog or cat in public.) referred to House H.E.W.

Senate Bill No. 705
BY Coyne, Lynch Prata, Valverde (Prohibits pet shops from offering for sale cats or dogs that are not obtained from an animal shelter, dog pound or animal rescue. Further prohibits any person from selling, exchanging, trading, bartering or displaying any dog or cat in public.)
03/21/2019 Introduced, referred to Senate Judiciary

House Bill No. 5246 BY Lima, Solomon, Costantino, Marshall, Serpa (Prohibits renting/leasing/financing sales of dogs/cats. Sets forth penalties for violations and exemptions to the act.)

House Bill No. 5267 BY Solomon, Lima, Serpa, O'Brien, Johnston
(Prohibits a medical school in this state from using a live animal while teaching medical procedures if there is an alternate teaching method utilized by at least one accredited school in the state.) referred to House H.E.W.

House Bill No. 5076
BY Lombardi, Cassar, Hull, Nardone, Roberts (Permits the family court to award custody of household pets to the plaintiff in a domestic abuse complaint.)
referred to House Judiciary

House Bill No. 5768 BY Lima, Serpa, Ackerman, Marshall, Bennett (Prohibits the purchase, sale, offer for sale or possession with intent to sell covered animal parts or products and provide for penalties for violation ranging from misdemeanor to felony upon conviction.) referred to House Judiciary

Senate Bill No. 160 BY Lynch Prata, Coyne, Archambault (Provides for the mandatory microchipping of all dogs and cats and applicable penalties to the owner for failing to microchip the animal.) referred to Senate Judiciary

Senate Bill No. 167 BY Lynch Prata, Coyne (Prohibits the use of wild or exotic animals in traveling animal acts and sets forth the penalties for violation of such prohibition.) referred to Senate Judiciary

House Bill No. 5130
BY McNamara, Ackerman, Kislak, Diaz, Edwards (Prohibits the practice of importing a wild animal into the state, which animal is not native or indigenous to the state, for the purpose of conducting canned hunting.)referred to House H.E.W.

House Bill No. 5073
BY O'Brien, Marshall, Williams, Serpa, Lima (Prohibits declawing on a cat or other animal, unless a licensed veterinarian has determined that the procedure is necessary for a therapeutic purpose.) referred to House H.E.W.

Senate Bill No. 481
BY Morgan, Paolino, de la Cruz, Rogers (Bans persons convicted of animal cruelty from possessing companion animals.) referred to Senate Judiciary

House Bill No. 5113
BY Corvese, Azzinaro, Edwards, Slater, O'Brien (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.) referred to House Judiciary

Senate Bill No. 82 BY Lombardi, McCaffrey, Felag, Ciccone, Lombardo (Requires all persons or entities caring for or having custody of an animal to report animal abuse, cruel neglect or abandonment to the police.) referred to Senate Judiciary

Senate Bill No. 83 BY Crowley, Seveney (Prohibits the use of a dog or cat as security for its purchase where the seller or lender can repossess the dog or cat for failure to make payments. It also provides exceptions for certain agricultural activities.) referred to Senate Judiciary

Senate Bill No. 225 BY Ruggerio, Ciccone, Goodwin, Archambault, McCaffrey
(Expands family court jurisdiction to enter protective orders to provide for the safety and welfare of household pets in domestic abuse situations.) referred to Senate Judiciary

House Bill No. 5428 BY Fellela, Ucci, Messier, Serpa, Lima (Provides that any person who is convicted of, or pleads nolo contendere to a charge of cruelty to animals shall be required to reimburse any adoptive owner for reasonable costs associated with treating the animals' injuries.) referred to House H.E.W.

Senate Bill No. 159 BY Archambault, Ruggerio, Rogers, Euer, Raptakis
(Authorizes law enforcement/animal control officer to hold animal confined in motor vehicle up to 72 hours pending district court hearing as to costs/fees/surrender of possession/ownership.) referred to Senate Judiciary

House Bill No. 5483 BY O'Brien, Shekarchi, Lima, Vella-Wilkinson, Serpa (Creates a legal process by which formerly cohabitating parties could seek from the district court a determination as to ownership of any pet.) referred to House Judiciary

Senate Bill No. 465
BY Lynch Prata (Authorizes certain state and municipal agents to take possession of animals found abandoned or neglected, and to proceed to provide all necessary care and treatment for the animal.) referred to Senate Judiciary

House Bill No. 5023
BY O'Brien, Marshall, Williams, Hawkins, Mendez (Expands family court jurisdiction to enter protective orders to provide for the safety and welfare of household pets in domestic abuse situations.) referred to House Judiciary

House Bill No. 5062 BY Edwards, Canario, Serpa, Lima, Shekarchi (Provides that the trapping and subsequent release of any unowned feral or free roaming cat for the purpose of spaying or neutering of the cat shall not be considered abandonment.)
referred to House H.E.W.

House Bill No. 5433
BY Ackerman, Serpa, Vella-Wilkinson, Morin, Casimiro (Authorizes certain state and municipal agents to take possession of animals found abandoned or neglected, and to proceed to provide all necessary care and treatment for the animal.) referred to House H.E.W.

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Defenders of Animals is opposed to the following four bills as they are presently written:

House Bill No. 5299 BY Hawkins, Lima, Phillips, Noret, Serodio
(Prohibits misrepresentation of the status of an animal as a service animal in order to acquire any right or privilege afforded disabled persons.) referred to House H.E.W.

Senate Bill No. 308 BY Picard (Prohibits misrepresentation of the status of an animal as a service animal in order to acquire any right or privilege afforded disabled persons.) referred to Senate Health and Human Services

House Bill No. 5265 BY Shekarchi, Lima, Noret, Donovan, Ackerman (Establishes an animal rights advisory council to advise the governor and the general assembly on matters relating to animal rights, treatment, health, and safety.) referred to House H.E.W.


House Bill No. 5436
BY Ucci, Corvese, Lima, Kazarian, Fellela (Defines pet trainers and requires trainers to be licensed. This act would further provide that all trainers must provide adequate housing facilities and/or primary enclosures for all animals.)referred to House H.E.W.


Defenders of Animals is opposed to the following legislation:


House Bill No. 5297
BY McNamara, Jackson, Amore, Serodio, Noret
ENTITLED, AN ACT RELATING TO ANIMALS AND ANIMAL HUSBANDRY -- ANIMAL CARE (Regulates unlicensed animal care providers by subjecting them to inspection by DEM or RISPCA for animal care facilities violations with $350 civil fine per day for denial of access to premises and grants access issuance of search warrant.)
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02/06/2019 Introduced, referred to House H.E.W.
02/15/2019 Scheduled for hearing and/or consideration (02/27/2019)
02/27/2019 Committee recommended measure be held for further study

Senate Bill No. 699 (Please read entire bill)
BY Ruggerio, Ciccone, Pearson, Lombardo, Goodwin
ENTITLED, AN ACT RELATING TO ANIMALS AND ANIMAL HUSBANDRY (Prohibits pet shops from offering for sale cats or dogs that are not obtained from an animal shelter, dog pound or animal rescue. Further prohibits any person from selling, exchanging, trading, bartering or displaying any dog or cat in public.)
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03/21/2019 Introduced, referred to Senate Judiciary

House Bill No. 5849
BY Ucci
ENTITLED, AN ACT RELATING TO FISH AND WILDLIFE - FIELD TRIALS AND SHOOTING PRESERVES (Authorizes shooting preserves of five hundred (500) acres or greater to allow hunting deer, elk, or other animals in addition to domestic game birds as regulated by the department of environmental management.)
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03/14/2019 Introduced, referred to House Environment and Natural Resources
03/15/2019 Scheduled for hearing and/or consideration
03/20/2019 Committee postponed at request of sponsor (03/21/2019)
Posted on Mar 03, 2019 by defenders


Pro-Animal Legislation Passed in the Rhode Island General Assembly in 2018
Legislation passed during the 2018 General Assembly Session and now the law in RI:

House Bill No. 7414 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.) referred to House H.E.W.

House Bill No. 7456 SUB A Serpa, Shanley, Solomon, McKiernan, O'Brien (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.) House Environment and Natural Resources

House Bill No. 7045 SUB A Serpa, Solomon, Shanley, O'Brien, Shekarchi Prohibits mistreatment of animals by failing to provide adequate water, shelter or veterinary care.) House H.E.W.

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

Senate Bill No. 2133 Seveney, DiPalma, Coyne, Euer, Calkin (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.) Senate Housing and Municipal Government

Senate Bill No. 2135 Ciccone, Ruggerio (Increases the penalty for repeat convictions for animal cruelty.) Senate Judiciary

Senate Bill No. 2777 SUB A BY Lombardi(Prohibits the sale of dogs until fully weaned unless approval for sale in writing is obtained from a licensed veterinarian. Violations are punishable by imprisonment not to exceed 12 months or $1,000, or both. Pounds and shelters are exempt.)

Senate Bill No. 2980 BY Ruggerio, Archambault (Requires educational institutions using dogs or cats for medical research to make animals no longer useful for research available for adoption.)

House Bill No. 7641 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.) House Judiciary Companion bill:

Senate Bill No. 2777 SUB A BY Lombardi (Prohibits the sale of dogs until fully weaned unless approval for sale in writing is obtained from a licensed veterinarian. Violations are punishable by imprisonment not to exceed 12 months or $1,000, or both. Pounds and shelters are exempt.)

House Bill No. 7986 O'Brien, Almeida, Williams, McEntee, Ucci (Requires persons entrusted with an animal's care to report cruelty thereto.) House H.E.W.

House Bill No. 8170 BY Nardolillo, Shanley, Canario, Hull, Quattrocchi (Takes away the discretion of the sentencing judge in cases involving persons convicted of, or who entered a plea of nolo contendere to any misdemeanor or felony under the provisions of state law relating to cruelty to animals.)
Posted on Sep 12, 2018 by defenders


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