While it doesn't include reptiles, USARK announced a DWA bill introduced in North Carolina on our Facebook page. We also alerted groups and parties that will be affected. H554 has been introduced as, "An act providing for protection of the public against the health and safety risks that certain dangerous wild animals pose to the community." The bill defines "dangerous wild animal" as any of the below:
a. Order Carnivora:
1. Family Canidae: red wolves (Canis rufus) and gray wolves (Canis lupus).
2. Family Felidae: all species of felids, excluding domestic cats (Felis catus), and including hybrids of lions (Panthera leo), tigers (Panthera tigris), leopards (Panthera pardus), clouded leopards (Neofelis nebulosa, Neofelis diardi), snow leopards (Panthera uncia), jaguars (Panthera onca), cheetahs (Acinonyx jubatus), and mountain lions (Puma concolor).
3. Family Hyaenidae: all species of hyena and aardwolf.
4. Family Ursidae: all species of bears.
b. Order Primates: all species, excluding humans.
This is the standard DWA legislation we have seen in recent years allowing current owners to keep their animals but they must obtain liability insurance, permits and meet other requirements. View the bill at http://www.usark.org/wp-content/uploads ... C-H554.pdf.
The bill was referred to the Judiciary II Committee. Committee members and sponsors should be contacted to voice opposition. Remember to be professional and civil at all times when contacting legislators.
Legislator contact information can be found at http://www.ncleg.net/gascripts/Committe ... tanding_29. Bill sponsor information can be found at http://www.ncleg.net/gascripts/BillLook ... illID=H554. Simply click on the names at the two above links to get contact information.
USARK will monitor the bill for any amendments that will affect the Reptile Nation, as well as cooperate with other exotic animal organizations.
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