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USDA new Minimum exemptions

Postby TamanduaGirl » Sat Jun 02, 2018 2:11 pm

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Specifically, exhibitors with eight (8) or fewer pet animals, small exotic or wild mammals, and domesticated farm-type animals are exempt from AWA licensing. In addition, APHIS expanded the list of animals eligible for an existing exemption for dealers who maintain four (4) or fewer breeding females and sells only the offspring of those animals born and raised on his or her premises, for pets or exhibition. This exemption now applies to dealers of pet animals, small exotic and wild mammals, and domesticated farm-type animals.


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Breeder: (iii) Any person who maintains a total of four or fewer breeding female pet animals as defined in part 1 of this subchapter, small exotic or wild mammals (such as hedgehogs, degus, spiny mice, prairie dogs, flying squirrels, jerboas, domesticated ferrets, chinchillas, and gerbils), and/or domesticated farm-type animals (such as cows, goats, pigs, sheep, llamas, and alpacas) and sells only the offspring of these animals,

Exhibitor: (vii) Any person who maintains a total of eight or fewer pet animals as defined in part 1 of this subchapter, small exotic or wild mammals (such as hedgehogs, degus, spiny mice, prairie dogs, flying squirrels, jerboas, domesticated ferrets, chinchillas, and gerbils), and/or domesticated farm-type animals (such as cows, goats, pigs, sheep, llamas, and alpacas) for exhibition, and is not otherwise required to obtain a license.


I don't know if the "such as" list of common pocket pets is going to be enough to convince people this exemption doesn't apply to real exotic and wild animals like foxes, especially since most people wont read beyond the announcement page. I wish they had taken the time to make a specific species exempted list instead of leaving it open ended.

At least they didn't add the minimum amount of shows needed exemption. They also didn't add the $500 limit needed to be made exemption(except for breeding) which I'm torn on. That would cement people exhibiting their animals online for money need USDA but could have potentially made some exotic exhibitors ineligible, if not charging or making much money.
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Re: USDA new Minimum exemptions

Postby TamanduaGirl » Sat Jun 02, 2018 2:32 pm

We also note that States requiring a USDA license or that reduce requirements for persons with a USDA license primarily focus on potentially dangerous animals, not the types of small exotic and wild mammals that fall under this exemption, which are pocket pets such as chinchillas and jerboas being sold for use as pets or exhibition. Larger exotic or wild animals, such as lions, tigers, wolves, or bears, do not fall into this category.


Adding this from the first page as maybe that would help convince people they need it for foxes, except there is a whole realm between pocket pets a d tigers and bears this doesn'r exactly address but it does say it only applies to pocket pets but it would have helped if they had listed some medium sized exotics like fox kinkajou or something.

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