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Re: WV exotic ban - PASSED

Postby TamanduaGirl » Wed Mar 07, 2012 2:22 pm

W.Va. Senates passes bill banning exotic pets

Goes into effect This July

http://dailymail.com/News/statehouse/201202170093
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Re: WV exotic ban - PASSED

Postby dave c » Wed Mar 07, 2012 4:23 pm

Does this mean it passed the house?
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Re: WV exotic ban - PASSED

Postby TamanduaGirl » Wed Mar 07, 2012 5:37 pm

This is a house bill: H. B. 4344 it went through the house first then the senate. I think it just needs signed by the governor now. If I find out otherwise I'll update but that's how I understand it.
http://www.legis.state.wv.us/Bill_Statu ... =RS&i=4344
This one might grandfather you " (6) Any wildlife sanctuary as defined subsection (b) of this section"
"Wildlife sanctuary" means a nonprofit organization, that cares for animals defined as potentially dangerous and: (1) No activity that is not inherent to the animal's nature, natural conduct or the animal in its natural habitat is conducted; (2) no commercial activity involving an animal occurs including, but not limited to, the sale of or trade in animals, animal parts, animal by-products or animal offspring or the sale of photographic opportunities involving an animal or the use of an animal for any type of entertainment purpose; (3) no unescorted public visitations or direct contact between the public and an animal; or (4) no breeding of animals occurs in the facility.

Assuming you are or can get nonprofit status then that would exempt you.

There were/are two bills.

The one that started in the senate: SB 477 is now on the House Judiciary Committee agenda
http://www.legis.state.wv.us/Bill_Statu ... e=RS&i=477
This one looks near impossible to get your animals grandfathered.
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Re: WV exotic ban - PASSED

Postby dave c » Wed Mar 07, 2012 6:49 pm

I'm reading that it didn't make it, seeing talk about putting it in again next year.
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Re: WV exotic ban - PASSED

Postby TamanduaGirl » Wed Mar 07, 2012 8:01 pm

Well I don't know for sure on that one but 477 is still on the agenda to be heard.
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Re: WV exotic ban bill

Postby TamanduaGirl » Thu Mar 08, 2012 3:55 am

477 passed the committee and is scheduled to be passed by the house on Saturday. It will be read in the house Thursday, 3/8, Friday will be the second reading and the bill will be voted on Saturday, the day of the third
reading, as it has to be read 3 times to pass. Apparently they passed every bill they read last year but maybe try going to these.

Seems they are making this one law over the other one but this one is worse as it makes a ban law then they get to make whatever list of banned animals they want after.
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Re: WV exotic ban bill

Postby dave c » Thu Mar 08, 2012 8:25 am

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CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Delegates have slowed enforcement of proposed exotic animal restrictions by requiring the Division of Natural Resources to write rules specifying which animals would be regulated.

After hearing from upset pet owners, House Judiciary Committee members became concerned Wednesday that small pets like turtles, parrots and gerbils would be covered under the bill. The bill states that exotic animals to be regulated must be physically or biologically dangerous to humans, livestock and West Virginia wildlife.

The rule-writing process allows for public comment and would require the Legislature's final approval of regulations next winter before the law could be enforced. It also would give the DNR more time to determine which animals would require permits and to set fees.

Prior versions of the bill banned specific animals like snow leopards and lions.


CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Delegates have slowed enforcement of proposed exotic animal restrictions by requiring the Division of Natural Resources to write rules specifying which animals would be regulated.

After hearing from upset pet owners, House Judiciary Committee members became concerned Wednesday that small pets like turtles, parrots and gerbils would be covered under the bill. The bill states that exotic animals to be regulated must be physically or biologically dangerous to humans, livestock and West Virginia wildlife.

The rule-writing process allows for public comment and would require the Legislature's final approval of regulations next winter before the law could be enforced. It also would give the DNR more time to determine which animals would require permits and to set fees.

Prior versions of the bill banned specific animals like snow leopards and lions.

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DNR to write rules governing exotic animals

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Delegates have slowed enforcement of proposed exotic animal restrictions by requiring the Division of Natural Resources to write rules specifying which animals would be regulated.

After hearing from upset pet owners, House Judiciary Committee members became concerned Wednesday that small pets like turtles, parrots and gerbils would be covered under the bill. The bill states that exotic animals to be regulated must be physically or biologically dangerous to humans, livestock and West Virginia wildlife.

The rule-writing process allows for public comment and would require the Legislature's final approval of regulations next winter before the law could be enforced. It also would give the DNR more time to determine which animals would require permits and to set fees.

Prior versions of the bill banned specific animals like snow leopards and lions.
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Re: WV exotic ban bill

Postby TamanduaGirl » Thu Mar 08, 2012 2:54 pm

Great. Not as good as dropping it all together but at least making them list the animals will keep them from passing it then making a huge list of all exotics they feel like.
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Re: WV exotic ban bill

Postby TamanduaGirl » Sun Mar 11, 2012 8:26 pm

WV SB477 has been passed favorably out of both the Senate and House, and will likely now go before the Governor. Last chance to stop the bill. Call Governor Tomblin and tell him to VETO SB 477!


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Re: WV exotic ban bill

Postby TamanduaGirl » Tue Apr 03, 2012 8:39 pm

Vetoed by the governor. Be sure to thank him!

http://www.htrnews.com/usatoday/article ... NTPAGE%7Cs
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Re: WV exotic ban bill

Postby caninesrock » Tue Apr 03, 2012 8:42 pm

TamanduaGirl wrote:Vetoed by the governor. Be sure to thank him!

http://www.htrnews.com/usatoday/article ... NTPAGE%7Cs


That's great news. :)
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Re: WV exotic ban bill - vetoed

Postby amyers » Tue Apr 03, 2012 8:52 pm

Fantastic! WV still in play :)
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Re: WV exotic ban bill - vetoed

Postby dave c » Tue Apr 03, 2012 8:53 pm

Thanks for posting that takes a lot of my worry away. WHOO HOO
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Re: WV exotic ban bill - vetoed

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Re: WV exotic ban bill - vetoed

Postby cat person » Wed Apr 04, 2012 1:07 pm

That makes me, one, very very very very happy person!!!!! Maybe, I should move, really :mrgreen: .














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