West Virginia SB 466 Action Alert!

Mar 21, 2013
Herp Alliance
by Robyn

Herp Alliance - On March 6, 2013, West Virginia Senators Laird, Kessler, Stollings, Fitzsimmons and Williams introduced Senate Bill 466, entitled “Dangerous Wild Animals Act.”

SB 466 is significantly DIFFERENT from HB 2209 that we have reported on previously and for which we have a separate Action Alert.

SB 466 is a broad sweeping, ambiguous ban on exotic animals. ”Dangerous Wild Animals” are defined as “mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians and aquatic life, including hybrids, that are dangerous to humans, other animals and the environment due to their inherent nature.” Wildlife, agricultural animals and domestic animals already defined by West Virginia statute are exempted. However, SB 466 vests authority to a Dangerous Wild Animal Board (the “Board”) to list dangerous wild animals pursuant to administrative rule making authority.

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