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Public Act 91-0741

SB1398 Enrolled                                SRS91S0063AWcb

    AN ACT to amend the Animal Welfare Act.

    Be it enacted by the People of  the  State  of  Illinois,
represented in the General Assembly:

    Section  5.   The Animal Welfare Act is amended by adding
Section 18.1 as follows:

    (225 ILCS 605/18.1 new)
    Sec. 18.1.  Sale or gift of reptiles and other animals.
    (a)  A pet shop shall not sell a reptile, offer a reptile
for sale, or  offer  a  reptile  as  a  gift  or  promotional
consideration unless a notice regarding safe reptile-handling
practices  that  meets  the requirements in subsection (b) is
(i) prominently displayed at each location in  the  pet  shop
where  reptiles  are  displayed,  housed,  or  held  and (ii)
distributed to the purchaser or recipient.
    (b)  The notice regarding safe reptile-handling practices
shall be one of the following:
         (1)  a notice provided at no charge by the  Illinois
    Department of Public Health; or
         (2)  a  notice  that  has the dimensions of at least
    8.5 inches by 11 inches, that uses fonts that are clearly
    visible and readily draw attention  to  the  notice,  and
    that contains all of the following statements:
              (A)  "As  with  many  other  animals,  reptiles
         carry  salmonella  bacteria,  which  can make people
         sick.  Safe reptile-handling steps should  be  taken
         to reduce the chance of infection."
              (B)  "Always  wash  your hands thoroughly after
         you handle your pet reptile, its food, and  anything
         it has touched."
              (C)  "Keep  your  pet reptile and its equipment
         out of  the  kitchen  or  any  area  where  food  is
         prepared.  Kitchen sinks should not be used to bathe
         reptiles  or wash their dishes, cages, or aquariums.
         If a bathtub is used for these purposes,  it  should
         be cleaned thoroughly and disinfected with bleach."
              (D)  "Don't nuzzle or kiss your pet reptile."
              (E)  "Keep  reptiles  out  of homes where there
         are children under 5 years of  age  or  people  with
         weakened  immune systems.  Children under 5 years of
         age or people with weakened  immune  systems  should
         avoid contact with reptiles."
              (F)  "Pet  reptiles  should  not  be allowed in
         child care centers."
              (G)  "Pet reptiles should  not  be  allowed  to
         roam freely throughout the home or living area."

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