LARGE CARNIVORE ACT (EXCERPT)
Act 274 of 2000
As used in this act:
(a) "Animal control officer" means a county animal control officer as described in sections 29a and 29b of the dog law of 1919, 1919 PA 339, MCL 287.289a and 287.289b, or a city, village, or township animal control officer as described in section 29c of the dog law of 1919, 1919 PA 339, MCL 287.289c.
(b) "Animal control shelter" or "animal protection shelter" means an animal control shelter or animal protection shelter, respectively, registered with the department under section 6 of 1969 PA 287, MCL 287.336.
(c) "Circus" means an incorporated, class C licensee that is licensed under 9 CFR chapter I that is temporarily in this state, and that offers skilled performances by live animals, clowns, and acrobats for public entertainment. Circus does not include a person, whether or not a class C licensee, who presents a large carnivore to the public as part of a carnival or for any of the following purposes:
(iii) Entertainment that includes wrestling, a photography opportunity with a patron, or an activity in which the large carnivore and a patron are in close contact with each other.
(d) "Department" means the department of agriculture and rural development.
(e) "Facility" means an indoor or outdoor cage, pen, or similar enclosure where a large carnivore is kept.
(f) "Large carnivore" means either of the following:
(i) Any of the following cats of the Felidae family, whether wild or captive bred, including a hybrid cross with such a cat:
(A) A lion.
(B) A leopard, including, but not limited to, a snow leopard or clouded leopard.
(C) A jaguar.
(D) A tiger.
(E) A cougar.
(F) A panther.
(G) A cheetah.
(ii) A bear of a species that is native or nonnative to this state, whether wild or captive bred.
(g) "Law enforcement officer" means:
(i) A sheriff or sheriff's deputy.
(ii) A village or township marshal.
(iii) An officer of the police department of a city, village, or township.
(iv) An officer of the Michigan state police.
(v) A peace officer who is trained and licensed or certified under the Michigan commission on law enforcement standards act, 1965 PA 203, MCL 28.601 to 28.615.
(vi) A conservation officer appointed by the department of natural resources.
(vii) An animal control officer.
(viii) A law enforcement officer of the federal government authorized to enforce any federal law regulating animals.
(h) "Livestock" means that term as defined in section 5 of the animal industry act, 1988 PA 466, MCL 287.705.
(i) "Local unit" means a city, village, township, or county.
(j) "Permit" means a permit issued under section 4.
(k) "Permitting agency" means the agency of a local unit that issues permits under section 4.
(l) "Person" means an individual, partnership, corporation, association, governmental entity, or other legal entity.
(m) "Pet shop" means a pet shop licensed by the department under section 3 of 1969 PA 287, MCL 287.333.
(n) "Veterinarian" means a person licensed to practice veterinary medicine under article 15 of the public health code, 1978 PA 368, MCL 333.16101 to 333.18838.
History: 2000, Act 274, Imd. Eff. July 7, 2000
Am. 2013, Act 8, Imd. Eff. Mar. 26, 2013
Am. 2016, Act 305, Eff. Jan. 2, 2017
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