Georgia is finally expanding restrictions on keeping wild animals as pets

In a big win for animals, Georgia has expanded rules prohibiting some wild animals from being bought, sold or kept as pets in the state. This is the first time the list has been updated since 1994.

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From December 4th, owners of species recently added to the wild animal list will have one year to comply with new animal husbandry requirements. Some of these requirements include registration and tagging. For example, pet owners must register and tag six species of reptiles that have been added to the list.

In addition, businesses must sell animals acquired before the changes take effect, and people who are not eligible for a permit or incense must find new homes for their animals.

Some animals included in the Prohibited Wildlife List include all species of mongooses and birds such as B. Purple Grouse and Monk Parakeets. Fish such as snakehead, African tiger fish, bighead and silver carp, black carp, late perch, catfish and catfish have also been added. Along with invertebrates such as three-legged clams, giant African land snails and marbled crayfish. The new regulation also provides for liability insurance for all non-native species in the cat family.

The law also states that keepers of Indian rock pythons, Burmese pythons, Argentine black-and-white tegus, Nile monitor lizards, African helmeted turtles, and softshell turtles can continue to keep them as pets without a license as long as they tag and register them with the Georgia DNR Law Enforcement Division within one year from December 4, 2022.

If the demand for exotic pets did not exist, the exotic pet trade would not exist. So if you consent to this retention exotic animals Since pets are cruel, don’t support it either. Do not buy from pet stores or dealers. Leave the wilderness in the wilderness.

shelters are full of cats and dogs that need loving families and homes. You can also support legislation prohibit the possession of exotic animals. With over 200 million With the live animal trade going on since 1975, governments must crack down on this cruel trade to protect individual animals and endangered species.

These animals must speak for you. So if you see an exotic animal living in horrific conditions as a pet (or one that is illegally owned), speak up! You can report suspected abuse to the local police, who can take the necessary action. This small action might not make a difference for every animal suffering in the exotic pet trade, but it makes a difference for this one creature!

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