SB 489 - This act requires people who broker and sell animals for research purposes only to hold such animals with proper care, medical attention, food, and shelter, for 30 days prior to selling them. During this time period, such person must post a picture of each animal he or she is holding on a website easily accessible to the public. If a person has sufficient proof that an animal on the site belongs to him or her, then the person holding the animal must return it to the owner within five days of receiving such proof.
A violation of these provisions shall be considered prima facie evidence that the animal is stolen property under the provisions of Section 570.030, RSMo. Currently, stealing an animal under Section 570.030, RSMo, is a Class D felony.