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Public Act 096-1219





Public Act 096-1219
HB4801 EnrolledLRB096 14985 RLC 30056 b

    AN ACT concerning criminal law.
    Be it enacted by the People of the State of Illinois,
represented in the General Assembly:
    Section 5. The Illinois Dangerous Animals Act is amended by
changing Sections 0.1 and 1 as follows:
    (720 ILCS 585/0.1)  (from Ch. 8, par. 240)
    Sec. 0.1. Definitions. As used in this Act, unless the
context otherwise requires:
    "Dangerous animal" means a lion, tiger, leopard, ocelot,
jaguar, cheetah, margay, mountain lion, lynx, bobcat,
jaguarundi, bear, hyena, wolf or coyote, or any poisonous or
life-threatening reptile.
    "Owner" means any person who (a) has a right of property in
a dangerous animal or primate, (b) keeps or harbors a dangerous
animal or primate, (c) has a dangerous animal or primate in his
care, or (d) acts as custodian of a dangerous animal or
    "Person" means any individual, firm, association,
partnership, corporation, or other legal entity, any public or
private institution, the State of Illinois, or any municipal
corporation or political subdivision of the State.
    "Primate" means a nonhuman member of the order primate,
including but not limited to chimpanzee, gorilla, orangutan,
bonobo, gibbon, monkey, lemur, loris, aye-aye, and tarsier.
(Source: P.A. 84-28.)
    (720 ILCS 585/1)  (from Ch. 8, par. 241)
    Sec. 1. Dangerous animals and primates; prohibitions.
    (a) No person shall have a right of property in, keep,
harbor, care for, act as custodian of or maintain in his
possession any dangerous animal or primate except at a properly
maintained zoological park, federally licensed exhibit,
circus, college or university, scientific or educational
institution, research laboratory, veterinary hospital, hound
running area, or animal refuge in an escape-proof enclosure.
    (b) This Section does not prohibit a person who had lawful
possession of a primate before January 1, 2011, from continuing
to possess that primate if the person registers the animal by
providing written notification to the local animal control
administrator on or before April 1, 2011. The notification
shall include:
        (1) the person's name, address, and telephone number;
        (2) the type of primate, the age, a photograph, a
    description of any tattoo, microchip, or other identifying
    information, and a list of current inoculations.
    (c) A person who registers a primate shall notify the local
animal control administrator within 30 days of a change of
address. If the person moves to another locality within the
State, the person shall register the primate with the new local
animal control administrator within 30 days of moving by
providing written notification as provided in subsection (b)
and shall include proof of the prior registration.
    (d) A person who registers a primate shall notify the local
animal control administrator immediately if the primate dies,
escapes, or bites, scratches, or injures a person.
    (e) This Section does not prohibit a person who is
permanently disabled with a severe mobility impairment from
possessing a single capuchin monkey to assist the person in
performing daily tasks if:
        (1) the capuchin monkey was obtained from and trained
    at a licensed nonprofit organization described in Section
    501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986, the
    nonprofit tax status of which was obtained on the basis of
    a mission to improve the quality of life of severely
    mobility-impaired individuals; and
        (2) the person complies with the notification
    requirements as described in subsection (b).
(Source: P.A. 95-196, eff. 1-1-08.)

Effective Date: 1/1/2011