Animals like foxes, mink, rabbits, etc. bred and used specifically for fur and meat are considered "farm animals", not "exotics" or "wildlife" under USDA. So it's basically saying the same thing as the USDA definition. I think this is just meant to clarify that animals that are farmed are agricultural assets, and not wild animals.
§ 2134 - Valid license for dealers and exhibitors required (USDA)
No dealer or exhibitor shall sell or offer to sell or transport or offer for
transportation, in commerce, to any research facility or for exhibition or for
use as a pet any animal, or buy, sell, offer to buy or sell, transport or offer
for transportation, in commerce, to or from another dealer or exhibitor under
this chapter any animals, unless and until such dealer or exhibitor shall have
obtained a license from the Secretary and such license shall not have been
suspended or revoked.
The exemptions include but are not limited to, retail pet stores, breeders with four or fewer breeding females of dogs, cats, and/or small exotic or wild mammals, sales of less than 25 dogs or cats per year to research facilities, purchases and sales of animals used only for the purposes of food or fiber (including fur).
The law you cited says "such animals and the products thereof shall be deemed agricultural products" which seems to be in compliance with the USDA not counting them as "animals" in the sense of domestic cats and dogs.
So, with that logic, if you wanted to start selling your fur/meat livestock as pets, you would need some kind of USDA license.
Animal means any live or dead dog, cat, nonhuman primate, guinea pig,
hamster, rabbit, or any other warm-blooded animal, which is being used, or is
intended for use for research, teaching, testing, experimentation, or exhibition
purposes, or as a pet. This term excludes birds, rats of the genus Rattus, and
mice of the genus Mus, bred for use in research; horses not used for research
purposes; and other farm animals, such as, but not limited to, livestock or
poultry used or intended for use as food or fiber, or livestock or poultry used
or intended for use for improving animal nutrition, breeding, management,
or production efficiency, or for improving the quality of food or fiber.
Farm animal means any domestic species of cattle, sheep, swine, goats,
llamas, or horses, which are normally and have historically, been kept and
raised on farms in the United States, and used or intended for use as food or
fiber, or for improving animal nutrition, breeding, management, or production
efficiency, or for improving the quality of food or fiber. This term also
includes animals such as rabbits, mink, and chinchilla, when they are used
solely for purposes of meat or fur, and animals such as horses and llamas
when used solely as work and pack animals.
Pet animal means any animal that has commonly been kept as a pet in
family households in the United States, such as dogs, cats, guinea pigs,
rabbits, and hamsters. This term excludes exotic animals and wild animals.
Exotic animal means any animal not identified in the definition of
“animal” provided in this part that is native to a foreign country or of foreign
origin or character, is not native to the United States, or was introduced from
abroad. This term specifically includes animals such as, but not limited to,
lions, tigers, leopards, elephants, camels, antelope, anteaters, kangaroos, and
water buffalo, and species of foreign domestic cattle, such as Ankole, Gayal,
Wild animal means any animal which is now or historically has been
found in the wild, or in the wild state, within the boundaries of the United
States, its territories, or possessions. This term includes, but is not limited
to, animals such as: deer, skunk, opossum, raccoon, mink, armadillo, coyote,
squirrel, fox, wolf, etc.
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Reason: oops, sorry, get my quote and edit buttons mixed up sometimes, I'll blame my dyslexia.
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