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Well there is gonna be a new flap over folks having exotic animals. And for dangerous things like lions, tigers and bears, it is probably too easy in some states. However, there is already a series of bills before the legislature to ban some animals and require permits for others. The laws have nothing to do with whether the animals are dangerous of not. One of them, in the state senate, would require PGC permits for nearly any animal or hybrid thereof that still exists in the wild anywhere in the world, including hamsters, gerbils, guinea pigs, zebra finches etc. If some of these pass, the PGC is going to be swamped, at the expense of our license fees, issuing permits and inspecting premises for all kinds of animals currently commonly accepted as pets and domestic animals. HB1051 would require pet stores to get PGC permits to display guinea pigs and hamsters. Do we really need such nonsense saddled on the PGC?
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Doesn't it make sense to govern exotics at a Federal level ?

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Name the bill.




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Took me a while to find it,,, HB 1051. among others.
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I like the prohibition of possession of dangerous wildlife.






PRINTER'S NO. 1137






THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF PENNSYLVANIA





HOUSE BILL


No.
1051
Session of

2011









INTRODUCED BY STABACK, CALTAGIRONE, CARROLL, COHEN, J. EVANS, HARKINS, HORNAMAN, JOSEPHS, KAVULICH, W. KELLER, KIRKLAND, MURT, O'NEILL, K. SMITH AND J. TAYLOR, MARCH 14, 2011








REFERRED TO COMMITTEE ON GAME AND FISHERIES, MARCH 14, 2011











AN ACT




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Amending Title 34 (Game) of the Pennsylvania Consolidated

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Statutes, in preliminary provisions, further providing for

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definitions; in game or wildlife protection, further

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providing for unlawful importation of game or wildlife; in

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special licenses and permits, further providing for

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definitions; providing for wildlife classification; further

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providing for exotic wildlife dealer permit; providing for

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wildlife possession prohibited; and further providing for

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exotic wildlife possession permit, for menagerie permit and

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for exclusions.

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The General Assembly of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania

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hereby enacts as follows:

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Section 1. The definitions of "bird," "furbearers," "game,"

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"game animals," "small game," "wild animals," "wild birds" and

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"wildlife" in section 102 of Title 34 of the Pennsylvania

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Consolidated Statutes are amended and the section is amended by

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adding definitions to read:

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§ 102. Definitions.

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Subject to additional definitions contained in subsequent

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provisions of this title which are applicable to specific

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provisions of this title, the following words and phrases when






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used in this title shall have the meanings given to them in this

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section unless the context clearly indicates otherwise:

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* * *

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["Bird." A member of the class Aves, including any part,

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product, egg or offspring thereof, or the dead body or parts

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thereof (excluding fossils), whether or not included in a

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manufactured product or in a processed food product.]

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* * *

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"Exotic wildlife." Includes all nonindigenous wild birds and

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wild animals not otherwise defined as a game bird or game

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animal, including, but not limited to, bears, coyotes, lions,

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tigers, leopards, jaguars, cheetahs, cougars, wolves, nonhuman

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primates and any crossbreed of these animals which have similar

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characteristics in appearance or features. The definition is

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applicable whether or not the birds or animals are bred or

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reared in captivity or imported from another state or nation.

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* * *

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"Furbearers." Unless otherwise modified by regulation of the

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commission, the term includes the badger, the fisher, the mink,

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the muskrat, the opossum, the otter, the pine marten, the

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striped and spotted skunk, the beaver, the raccoon, all weasels,

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the red and gray fox, the coyote and the bobcat.

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"Game." Includes ["game animals," "game birds"] all game

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animals, game birds and any facsimile thereof.

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"Game animals." [Unless otherwise modified by regulation of

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the commission, the term includes the elk, the whitetail deer,

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the bear, the cottontail rabbit, the snowshoe hare, the red,

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gray and fox squirrel and the groundhog or woodchuck] Includes

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all wild birds and wild animals defined or listed as big game,

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small game and furbearers.

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* * *

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"Migratory birds." All migratory birds as defined in 50 CFR

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(relating to wildlife and fisheries) by the United States Fish

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and Wildlife Service of the Department of the Interior.

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* * *

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"Protected animals." All wild animals not included within

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the term game animals.

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* * *

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"Small game." [All species of game birds and game animals

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not classed as big game] Unless otherwise modified by regulation

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of the commission, includes the cottontail rabbit, the snowshoe

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hare, the red, gray and fox squirrel, the groundhog or woodchuck

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and all game birds other than the wild turkey.

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* * *

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"Wild animals." All mammals other than domestic animals as

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defined in 1 Pa.C.S. § 1991 (relating to definitions), including

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all game animals and all protected animals.

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"Wild birds." [All migratory birds as defined in 50 CFR by

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the United States Fish and Wildlife Service of the Department of

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the Interior, game birds and any other birds designated by the

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commission, including, but not limited to, grouse, partridge,

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pheasant, quail and wild turkey] Except as otherwise provided by

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law, all members of the class Aves, including all game birds,

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migratory birds and all protected birds.

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"Wildlife." [Wild] All wild birds, wild [mammals] animals

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and facsimiles thereof, regardless of classification, whether

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protected or unprotected, including any part, product, egg or

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offspring thereof, or the dead body or parts thereof (excluding

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fossils), whether or not included.

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Section 2. Section 2163(d) of Title 34 is amended and the

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section is amended by adding subsections to read:

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§ 2163. Unlawful importation of game or wildlife.

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* * *

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(b.1) Class I and II wildlife.--It is unlawful to import any

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wildlife classified as Class I or II wildlife under section

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2961.1 (relating to wildlife classification) into this

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Commonwealth for any purpose except as expressly authorized or

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exempted in sections 2964 (relating to menagerie permits) and

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2965 (relating to exclusions).

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(b.2) Class III wildlife.--Except as otherwise provided by

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law or by regulation of the commission, it is lawful to import

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any wildlife classified as Class III under section 2961.1 into

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this Commonwealth for any purpose with or without a permit

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issued pursuant to this title.

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* * *

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(d) Contraband.--Any game or wildlife or egg possessed by

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any person contrary to this section is contraband. In addition

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to any other penalty otherwise provided by this title or law,

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the director may order the disposal of any wildlife held for any

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violation of this section.

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Section 3. Section 2961 of Title 34 is repealed:

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[§ 2961. Definitions.

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The following words and phrases when used in this subchapter

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shall have the meanings given to them in this section unless the

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context clearly indicates otherwise:

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"Educational purposes." Displays by or for public or private

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schools, sportsmen's organizations, youth organizations, civic

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associations, conservation camps and school or any other

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organization deemed appropriate by the commission.

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"Exotic wildlife." The phrase includes, but is not limited

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to, all bears, coyotes, lions, tigers, leopards, jaguars,

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cheetahs, cougars, wolves and any crossbreed of these animals

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which have similar characteristics in appearance or features.

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The definition is applicable whether or not the birds or animals

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were bred or reared in captivity or imported from another state

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or nation.

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"Exotic wildlife dealer." Any person who imports into this

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Commonwealth, possesses, buys, sells, locates or finds for a

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fee, barters, donates, gives away or otherwise disposes of more

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than one bird or one animal classified as exotic wildlife by

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this subchapter.

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"Menagerie." Any place where one or more wild birds or wild

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animals, or one or more birds or animals which have similar

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characteristics and appearance to birds or animals wild by

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nature, are kept in captivity for the evident purpose of

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exhibition with or without charge.]

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Section 4. Title 34 is amended by adding a section to read:

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§ 2961.1. Wildlife classification.

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(a) Class I.--Except as otherwise provided by law or by

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regulation of the commission, the following species of wildlife

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or any crossbreeds thereof shall be classified as Class I

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wildlife:

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(1) (i) Any member of the family Felidae (Cats).

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(ii) Subparagraph (i) shall not be construed to

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include domestic cats (Felis catis), including all breeds

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of cat recognized by the American Cat Fanciers

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Association or any crossbreeds of species recognized by

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the American Cat Fanciers Association. This exclusion

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shall not extend to any crossbreeds between domestic cats

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and any other member of the family Felidae.

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(2) (i) Any member of the family Canidae (Dogs).

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(ii) Subparagraph (i) shall not be construed to

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include domestic dogs (Canis lupus familiaris), including

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all breeds of dog recognized by the American Kennel Club

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or any crossbreeds of breeds recognized by the American

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Kennel Club. This exclusion shall not extend to any

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crossbreeds between domestic dogs and any other member of

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the family Canidae.

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(3) Any member of the family Ursidae (Bears).

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(4) Any member of the family Hyaenidae (Hyenas).

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(5) Any member of the family Otariidae (Eared seals).

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(6) Any member of the family Odobenidae (Walruses).

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(7) Any member of the family Phocidea (True Seals).

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(8) Any member of the order Cetacea (Whales, Porpoises

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and Dolphins).

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(9) Any member of the order Sirenia (Manatees and

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Dugongs).

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(10) Any member of the order Primates (Lemurs, Monkeys

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and Apes).

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(11) Any member of the family Elephantidae (Elephants).

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(12) Any member of the family Rhinocerotidae

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(Rhinoceroses).

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(13) (i) Any member of the family Suidae (Wild Pigs and

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Boars).

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(ii) Subparagraph (i) shall not be construed to include

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domestic pigs (Sus scrofa domestica), including all breeds of

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pig recognized by the National Swine Registry or any

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crossbreeds of breeds recognized by the National Swine

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Registry. This exclusion shall not extend to any crossbreeds

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between domestic pigs and any other member of the family

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Suidae.

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(14) Any member of the family Tayassuidae (Peccaries).

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(15) Any member of the family Hippopotamidae

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(Hippopotamuses).

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(16) Any member of the family Myocastoridae (Coypus or

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Nutrias).

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(17) Any member of the families Macropodidae and

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Hypsiprymnodontidae (Kangaroos and Wallabies).

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(18) Any member of the species Myiopsitts monachus (Monk

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Parakeets).

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(19) Any other species designated by regulation of the

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commission.

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(b) Class II.--Except as otherwise provided by law or by

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regulation of the commission, the following species of wildlife

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or any crossbreeds thereof shall be classified as Class II

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wildlife:

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(1) Any member of the family Procyonidae (Raccoons,

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Kinkajous and Red Pandas).

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(2) (i) Any member of the family Mustelidae (Weasels).

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(ii) Subparagraph (i) shall not be construed to

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include any member of the species Mustela furo (Domestic

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Ferrets).

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(3) Any member of the family Mephitidae (Skunks).

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(4) Any member of the family Viverridae (Civets and

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Genets).

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(5) Any member of the family Herpestidae (Mongooses).

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(6) Any member of the family Tupaiidae (Tree Shrews).

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(7) Any member of the family Cynocephalidae (Colugo).

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(8) Any member of the family Procaviidae (Hyraxes).

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(9) Any member of the family Orycteropodidae

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(Aardvarks).

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(10) Any member of the family Tapiridae (Tapirs).

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(11) Any member of the family Tragulidae (Chevrotains).

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(12) Any member of the family Moschidae (Musk deer).

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(13) Any member of the family Giraffidae (Giraffe and

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Okapi).

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(14) Any member of the family Antilocapridae

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(Pronghorn).

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(15) Any member of the family Castoridae (Beavers).

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(16) Any member of the family Aplodontidae (Mountain

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Beaver).

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(17) Any member of the family Sciuridae (Squirrels).

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(18) Any member of the family Pedetidae (Springhare).

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(19) Any member of the family Myoxidae (Dormice).

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(20) Any member of the family Dipodidae (Jumping Mice,

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Birchmice and Jerboas).

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(21) Any member of the family Geomyidae (Pocket

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Gophers).

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(22) Any member of the family Heteromyidae (Pocket Mice

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and Kangaroo Rats).

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(23) Any member of the family Erethizontidae (New World

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Porcupines).

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(24) (i) Any member of the family Caviidae (Cavies).

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(ii) Subparagraph (i) shall not be construed to

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include any member of the species Cavia porcellus

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(Domestic Guinea Pigs).

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(25) Any member of the family Hydrochaeridae (Capybara).

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(26) Any member of the family Petromyidae (Dassie Rats).

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(27) Any member of the family Thryonomyidae (Cane Rats).

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(28) Any member of the family Dinomyidae (Pacarana).

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(29) Any member of the family Dasyproctidae (Agoutis and

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Acouchis).

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(30) Any member of the family Agoutidae (Pacas).

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(31) Any member of the family Ctenomyidae (Tuco-tucos).

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(32) Any member of the family Octodontidae (Degus or

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Octodonts).

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(33) Any member of the family Abrocomidae (Chinchilla

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Rats).

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(34) Any member of the family Echimyidae (Spiny Rats).

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(35) Any member of the family Capromyidae (Hutias).

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(36) Any member of the family Hystricidae (Old World

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Porcupines).

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(37) Any member of the family Ctenodactylidae (Gundis).

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(38) Any member of the family Bathyergidae (African

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Mole-rats).

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(40) Any member of the family Ochotonidae (Pikas).

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(41) Any member of the family Macroscelididae (Elephant

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Shrews or Sengis).

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(42) Any member of the family Tenrecidae (Tenrecs).

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(43) Any member of the family Solenodontidae

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(Solenodons).

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(44) Any member of the family Soricidae (Shrews).

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(45) Any member of the family Chrysochloridae (Golden

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Moles).

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(46) Any member of the family Talpidae (Moles and

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Desmans).

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(47) Any member of the order Chiroptera (Bats).

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(48) Any member of the family Myrmecophagidae

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(Anteaters).

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(49) Any member of the families Megalonychidae and

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Bradypodidae (Sloths).

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(50) Any member of the family Dasypodidae (Armadillos).

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(51) Any member of the family Manidae (Pangolins).

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(52) Any member of the family Didelphidae (American

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Opossums).

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(53) Any member of the family Caenolestidae (Shrew or

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Rat Opossums).

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(54) Any member of the family Dasyuridae (Quolls,

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Dunnarts and Marsupial Mice).

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(55) Any member of the family Myrmecobiidae (Numbat).

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(56) Any member of the family Notoryctidae (Marsupial

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Moles).

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(57) Any member of the families Peramelidae and

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Peroryctidae (Bandicoots).

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(58) Any member of the family Phalangeridae (Cuscuses

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and Brushtails).

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(59) Any member of the family Burramyidae (Pygmy

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Possums).

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(60) Any member of the family Acrobatidae (Feathertail

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Possums and Gliders).

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(61) Any member of the family Pseudocheiridae (Ringtail

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Possums).

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(62) Any member of the family Hypsiprymnodontidae (Musky

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Rat Kangaroos).

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(63) Any member of the family Phascolarctidae (Koalas).

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(64) Any member of the family Vombatidae (Wombats).

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(65) Any member of the family Tarsipedidae (Honey

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Possums).

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(66) Any member of the family Ornithorhynchidae

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(Platypuses).

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(67) Any member of the family Tachyglossidae (Echidnas).

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(68) Any other species designated by regulation of the

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commission or not otherwise listed or captured by the

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classifications provided in subsections (a) and (c).

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(c) Class III.--Except as otherwise provided by law or by

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regulation of the commission, the following species of wildlife

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or any crossbreeds thereof shall be classified as Class III

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wildlife:

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(1) Any member of the species Mustela furo (Domestic

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Ferrets).

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(2) Any member of the family Equidae (Horses, Asses and

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Zebras).

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(3) Any member of the family Camelidae (Camels, Alpacas

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and Llamas).

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(4) Any member of the family Cervidae (Deer, Moose and

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Elk).

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(5) Any member of the family Bovidae (Wild Cattle and

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Spiral-horned Antelopes).

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(6) Any member of the family Muridae (Rats and Mice).

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(7) Any member of the species Cavia porcellus (Domestic

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Guinea Pigs).

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(8) Any member of the family Chinchillidae (Chinchillas

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and Viscachas).

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(9) Any member of the family Leporidae (Rabbits and

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Hares).

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(10) Any member of the family Erinaceidae (Hedgehogs and

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Moonrats).

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(11) Any member of the family Petauridae (Gliders and

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Striped Possums).

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(12) (i) Any member of the class Aves (Birds).

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(ii) Subparagraph (i) shall not be construed to

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include the species Myiopsitts monachus (Monk Parakeets).

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(13) Any other species designated by regulation of the

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commission.

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Section 5. Section 2962 of Title 34 is repealed:

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[§ 2962. Exotic wildlife dealer permits.

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(a) Authorization.--The commission may issue a permit to a

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person to act as an exotic wildlife dealer. The permit shall

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authorize the holder to import into this Commonwealth, possess,

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buy, sell, locate or find for a fee, barter, donate, give away

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or otherwise dispose of exotic wildlife. A dealer or third

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person who arranges any trades, sales or purchases set forth in

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section 2965 (relating to exclusions) for any type of a fee,

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reimbursement or commission shall be required to have an exotic

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wildlife dealer's permit.

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(b) Shelter, care and protection.--No permit shall be

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granted by the commission until it is satisfied that the

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provisions for housing and caring for the exotic wildlife and

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protection for the public are proper and adequate and in

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accordance with the standards which may be established by

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regulations adopted by the commission.

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(c) Unlawful acts.--It is unlawful for any person to:

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(1) Import into this Commonwealth, possess, buy, sell,

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locate or find for a fee, barter, donate, give away or

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otherwise dispose of more than one bird or one animal

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classified as exotic wildlife in any calendar year without

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first securing a permit issued under this section.

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(2) Release exotic wildlife into the wild.

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(3) Fail to exercise due care in safeguarding the public

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from attack by exotic wildlife.

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(4) Recklessly engage in conduct which places or may

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place another person in danger of attack by exotic wildlife.

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(d) Penalty.--

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(1) A violation of this section relating to permits or

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regulations adopted thereunder is a summary offense of the

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first degree.

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(2) Any other violation of this section is a summary

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offense of the sixth degree.

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(3) Each day of violation shall constitute a separate

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offense, but, under no circumstances, shall the accumulated

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penalty for purposes of a field receipt exceed $500. There

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shall be no limit on any accumulated penalty a court may

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assess.

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(e) Discretion of director.--In addition to the penalties

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provided, the director may, for any violation of this section or

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the rules and regulations thereunder, revoke or suspend any

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permit and order the disposal of any exotic wildlife held.]

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Section 6. Title 34 is amended by adding a section to read:

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§ 2962.1. Wildlife possession prohibited.

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(a) Class I and II.--It is unlawful to acquire, possess,

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control or dispose of any wildlife classified as Class I or

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Class II wildlife within this Commonwealth except as expressly

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authorized or exempted in sections 2964 (relating to menagerie

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permits) and 2965 (relating to exclusions).

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(b) Class III.--Except as otherwise provided by law or by

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regulation of the commission, it is lawful to acquire, possess,

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control or dispose of any wildlife classified as Class III

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wildlife within this Commonwealth with or without a permit

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issued pursuant to this chapter.

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(c) Penalty.--A violation of this section relating to Class

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I wildlife is a summary offense of the first degree. Any other

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violation is a summary offense of the fifth degree. Each day and

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each bird, egg or animal shall constitute a separate offense.

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(d) Discretion of director.--In addition to any other

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penalties provided, by this title or law, the director may order

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the disposal of any wildlife held for any violation of this

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section.

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Section 7. Section 2963 of Title 34 is repealed:

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[§ 2963. Exotic wildlife possession permits.

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(a) Authorization.--The commission may issue permits to

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persons to possess exotic wildlife which shall authorize the

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holder to purchase, receive or possess exotic wildlife from any

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lawful source from within or without this Commonwealth.

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(b) Shelter, care and protection.--No permit provided for in

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this section shall be granted until the commission is satisfied

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that the provisions for housing and caring for such exotic

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wildlife and for protecting the public are proper and adequate

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and in accordance with the standards established by the

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commission.

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(c) Unlawful acts.--It is unlawful for any person to:

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(1) Possess, purchase or receive exotic wildlife,

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without first securing a permit to possess exotic wildlife

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issued under this section or regulations pertaining to this

24
section.

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(2) Release exotic wildlife into the wild.

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(3) Fail to exercise due care in safeguarding the public

27
from attack by exotic wildlife.

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(4) Recklessly engage in conduct which places or may

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place another person in danger of attack by exotic wildlife.

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(d) Penalty.--

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(1) A violation of this section relating to permits is a

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summary offense of the third degree.

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(2) Any other violation of this section is a summary

4
offense of the fifth degree.

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(3) Each day of violation shall constitute a separate

6
offense, but under no circumstances shall the accumulated

7
penalty for purposes of a field receipt exceed $300. There

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shall be no limit on any accumulated penalty a court may

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assess.

10
(e) Discretion of director.--In addition to the penalties

11
provided, the director may, for any violation of this section,

12
revoke or suspend any permit and order the disposal of any

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exotic wildlife held.]

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Section 8. Sections 2964 and 2965 of Title 34 are amended to

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read:

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§ 2964. Menagerie permits.

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(a) Authorization.--

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(1) The commission may issue permits for the

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establishment and operation of menageries within this

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Commonwealth. The permit generally authorizes the holder to

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possess both native and exotic wildlife for the explicit

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purpose of public display or exhibition, with or without

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charge.

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(2) Class I. Except as otherwise authorized by

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subsection (d), this permit does not authorize the holder to

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possess, display, exhibit or dispose of Class I wildlife.

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(3) Class II. This permit is required to possess,

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display or exhibit, buy, sell, locate or find for a fee,

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barter, donate, give away or otherwise dispose of Class II

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(4) Class III. This permit is required only where Class

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III wildlife is displayed or exhibited to the public.

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(b) Shelter, care and protection.--[Prior to the issuance of

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any permits, the commission shall adopt regulations for the

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housing, care, treatment, feeding, sanitation, purchase and

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disposal of wild birds and wild animals kept in menageries and

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for the protection of the public from such birds or animals. The

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commission after issuing the permit shall enforce such

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regulations.] Native or exotic wildlife possessed pursuant to

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the authorizations of this chapter shall be maintained in

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accordance with regulations promulgated by the commission

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establishing minimum standards of shelter, care and protection.

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These standards shall include minimum standards designed to

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protect the public from the native or exotic wildlife. All

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conditions are subject to the initial and ongoing approval of

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the commission. Any required modifications shall be completed

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within 30 days of notice of deficiency.

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(b.1) Training and experience.--Initial applicants and

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current permittees must provide documentation evidencing a

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minimum of two years of substantive and meaningful training and

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experience working with each new species of native or exotic

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wildlife they intend to acquire prior to actual attainment. The

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training and experience must include familiarity with the care,

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feeding, handling, training and husbandry of the designated

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species.

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(b.2) Wildlife sanctuaries.--The commission may, at its sole

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discretion, designate a menagerie facility as a wildlife

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sanctuary and authorize it to operate as a place of refuge and

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provide temporary or lifetime shelter, care and protection for

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abused, neglected, unwanted, impounded, abandoned, orphaned or

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displaced Class I wildlife.

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(b.3) Federal and local authorization required.--The initial

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and continuing validity of any permit issued pursuant to this

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section shall be conditioned upon the acquisition and

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maintenance of any applicable Federal and local permits or

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licenses governing any activity authorized by this section.

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(c) Unlawful acts.--It is unlawful to:

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[(1) Keep any wild bird or wild animal in captivity for

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public exhibition, or to have any wild bird or wild animal in

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custody or control for such purpose, without first securing a

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permit issued by the commission.

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(2) Violate any of the provisions of this section or to

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release any bird or animal into the wild.

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(3) Fail to exercise due care in safeguarding the public

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from attack by exotic wildlife.

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(4) Recklessly engage in conduct which places or may

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place another person in danger of attack by exotic wildlife.]

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(1) Release Class I, II or III wildlife from captivity

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into the wild.

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(2) Fail to exercise due care in safeguarding the public

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from attack by Class I, II or III wildlife or to recklessly

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engage in conduct which places or may place another person in

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danger of attack by Class I, II or III wildlife.

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(3) Violate any other provision of this section.

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(d) Penalty.--

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[(1) A violation of this section relating to permits or

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regulations adopted thereunder is a summary offense of the

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second degree.

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(2) Any other violation of this section is a summary

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offense of the seventh degree.

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(3) Each day of violation shall constitute a separate

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offense, but, under no circumstances, shall the accumulated

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penalty for purposes of a field receipt exceed $300. There

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shall be no limit on any accumulated penalty a court may

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assess.]

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(1) A violation of subsection (c)(1) or (2) is a summary

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offense of the first degree.

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(2) Any other violation of this section is a summary

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offense of the fifth degree.

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(3) Each day and each bird, egg or animal shall

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constitute a separate offense.

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(e) Discretion of director.--In addition to the penalties

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provided, the director may[, for any violation of this section]

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deny, revoke or suspend any permit and order the disposal of any

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wildlife held [in the menagerie] for any violation of this

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section.

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§ 2965. Exclusions.

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(a) General rule.--The provisions of sections 2163 (relating

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to unlawful importation of game or wildlife), 2930 (relating to

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propagating permits), [2962(a) (relating to exotic wildlife

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dealer permits), 2963(a) (relating to exotic wildlife possession

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permits)] 2962.1 (relating to wildlife possession prohibited)

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and 2964(a) (relating to menagerie permits) shall not be

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construed apply to any:

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(1) Public zoological garden which receives government

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grants or appropriations.

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(2) Private zoological park or garden which is open to

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the public and is accredited by the American Association of

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Zoological Parks and Aquariums.

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(3) Nationally recognized circus.

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(4) Federal wildlife research facilities or wildlife

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research facilities registered with the Federal Government

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under the Animal Welfare Act (Public Law 89-544, 7 U.S.C. §

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2131 et seq.).

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(5) (i) Class I, II or III wildlife lawfully possessed

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by a person prior to January 1, 2011.

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(ii) Subparagraph (i) shall not be construed to

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extend to any young born after January 1, 2012, from

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otherwise excluded wildlife and shall only authorize the

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continued possession of such wildlife.

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(iii) Subparagraph (i) shall only authorize the

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continued possession of such wildlife and shall not

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authorize further acquisition, display, exhibition or

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disposal of any wildlife, except as may be provided in

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this title.

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(6) Class I, II or III wildlife temporarily transported

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through this Commonwealth if all of the following apply:

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(i) The transit time through this Commonwealth is

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less than 96 hours.

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(ii) The wildlife is not displayed or exhibited in

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this Commonwealth.

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(iii) The wildlife is continuously confined in a

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container that is of sufficient strength to prevent the

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animal from escaping or coming into contact with the

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public.

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[(b) Specific exclusion for exotic wildlife dealer

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permits.--The provisions of section 2962(a) shall not apply to

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any individual, partnership, association or corporation which

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holds a permit issued pursuant to section 2964, providing the

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purchase or sale of exotic wildlife or other authorized

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transaction is conducted for the sole purpose of maintaining

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stock for the menagerie.]

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Section 9. This act shall take effect in 60 days.

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Re: Exotic animals in the news

Does this mean I'm gonna lose my wolverine?

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Not if you can drop him down your pants and maintain a smile for ten minutes!




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Re: Exotic animals in the news

Don't have a problem with regulating truly dangerous animals. But not all animals are exotics and not all are dangerous. Now why in the world, should the PGC be involved with permits to pet stores to display guinea pigs for sale? Why should the PGC be involved with chinchillas, alpacas, etc.

What convinced Staback (the sponsor) that Llamas are wild animals? They have been domestic beasts of burden for thousands of years.

Also under the bill, it will be legal for any person to import, possess and dispose of any deer, moose or elk without a permit. (Under class 3 wildlife)

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The class III part doesn't make a lot of sense especially now with CWD. I suspect there will be amendments till this thing makes it through, if it makes it through.




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I would agree that not all exotic animals are dangerous in the sense of being able to attack or harm humans, but much of the dangers of exotics are to other wildlife, disease transmission, and nuisances. Australia is a prime example of a place overrun with exotics. Florida is perhaps one of the greatest examples of what happens when exotics are not strictly regulated as they have more wild exotics than any other state. One group of species that is particularly problematic are apple snails sold for the aquarium business. Not much reason to fear a snail, but when they are released into the wild by ignorant individuals, they quickly overpopulate and become established. These snails can easily wipe out any aquatic vegetation that provides habitat for sportfishes. They can also carry rat lung fluke which can be transmitted to humans. The biggest problem that they cause is in aquatic agriculture such as rice and taro. The economic implications of the liberation of these snails is enormous and unfortunately there are no simple and effective ways to control them.

Another animal to consider is feral hogs which have been raised in the US for years and are very problematic in most places where they have become established. Not native and have a bad habitat of escaping just about any kind of fence. They are not as dangerous as most other animals although they can put a hurting on a person if they get too close. However, they destroy habitat for other animals and over graze any food that other animals could be eating, thus running these animals off. We have lots of hogs in GA and in general, deer are not very common where hogs are established.

With that said, I say every non-native species should be regulated and I have no problem if it becomes so strictly regulated that people find it unreasonable to even try to get into the business of exotic animal trade.

One question that I have is if the PGC shouldn't be in charge of regulating exotics (even the ones in pet stores), who should? If these exotics escape and become problematic, its going to be the PGC who is likely going to be in charge of addressing the problem as they are the wildlife management agency and the wildlife that they manage could be affected. No other agency has any experience working with these exotics, including the Dept. of Agriculture.

I say put a large yearly tax on anyone wanting to have or keep these exotics and use the tax revenue to fund the exotic permitting division of the PGC. It would generate more money than most think. I hate taxes, but I hate exotics more.
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