A bill to amend the Lacey Act to extend its protections to bears illegally harvested for their gallbladders in the same manner as with respect to prohibited wildlife species.
HR 5534 IH
H. R. 5534
IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
March 5, 2008
Mr. GRIJALVA introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on Natural Resources
To amend the Lacey Act Amendments of 1981 to extend its protections to bears illegally harvested for their viscera in the same manner as with respect to prohibited wildlife species, and for other purposes.
Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled,
SECTION 1. SHORT TITLE.
This Act may be cited as the `Bear Protection Act of 2008'.
SEC. 2. PURPOSE.
The purpose of this Act is to ensure the long-term viability of the world's bear species by reinforcing State conservation and management of bear populations.
SEC. 3. BEAR VISCERA DEFINED.
Section 2 of the Lacey Act Amendments of 1981 (16 U.S.C. 3371) is amended--
(1) by redesignating paragraphs (a) through (k) as paragraphs (b) through
(l), respectively; and
(2) by inserting before paragraph (b) (as so redesignated) the following new
`(a) Bear Viscera- The term `bear viscera'--
`(1) subject to subparagraphs (2) and (3), means the body fluids or internal
organs of a species of bear;
`(2) except as provided in subparagraph (3), includes the gallbladder of
such a species and its contents; and
`(3) does not include blood or brains of such a species.'.
SEC. 4. DISCOURAGING THE ILLEGAL HARVEST OF BEARS FOR THEIR VISCERA.
Section 3 of the Lacey Act Amendments of 1981 (16 U.S.C. 3372) is amended in subsections (a)(2)(C) and (e)(1) by inserting `or bear viscera' after `prohibited wildlife species' each place it appears.
SEC. 5. STATE MANAGEMENT AUTHORITY.
None of the amendments made by this Act shall be construed to affect the regulation by any State of its bear populations or to affect the hunting of bears that is lawful under applicable State laws and regulations.