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91_SB1398enr SB1398 Enrolled SRS91S0063AWcb 1 AN ACT to amend the Animal Welfare Act. 2 Be it enacted by the People of the State of Illinois, 3 represented in the General Assembly: 4 Section 5. The Animal Welfare Act is amended by adding 5 Section 18.1 as follows: 6 (225 ILCS 605/18.1 new) 7 Sec. 18.1. Sale or gift of reptiles and other animals. 8 (a) A pet shop shall not sell a reptile, offer a reptile 9 for sale, or offer a reptile as a gift or promotional 10 consideration unless a notice regarding safe reptile-handling 11 practices that meets the requirements in subsection (b) is 12 (i) prominently displayed at each location in the pet shop 13 where reptiles are displayed, housed, or held and (ii) 14 distributed to the purchaser or recipient. 15 (b) The notice regarding safe reptile-handling practices 16 shall be one of the following: 17 (1) a notice provided at no charge by the Illinois 18 Department of Public Health; or 19 (2) a notice that has the dimensions of at least 20 8.5 inches by 11 inches, that uses fonts that are clearly 21 visible and readily draw attention to the notice, and 22 that contains all of the following statements: 23 (A) "As with many other animals, reptiles 24 carry salmonella bacteria, which can make people 25 sick. Safe reptile-handling steps should be taken 26 to reduce the chance of infection." 27 (B) "Always wash your hands thoroughly after 28 you handle your pet reptile, its food, and anything 29 it has touched." 30 (C) "Keep your pet reptile and its equipment 31 out of the kitchen or any area where food is SB1398 Enrolled -2- SRS91S0063AWcb 1 prepared. Kitchen sinks should not be used to bathe 2 reptiles or wash their dishes, cages, or aquariums. 3 If a bathtub is used for these purposes, it should 4 be cleaned thoroughly and disinfected with bleach." 5 (D) "Don't nuzzle or kiss your pet reptile." 6 (E) "Keep reptiles out of homes where there 7 are children under 5 years of age or people with 8 weakened immune systems. Children under 5 years of 9 age or people with weakened immune systems should 10 avoid contact with reptiles." 11 (F) "Pet reptiles should not be allowed in 12 child care centers." 13 (G) "Pet reptiles should not be allowed to 14 roam freely throughout the home or living area."
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