FWC amends captive wildlife rules
Wednesday, April 28, 2010
Media contact: Captain John West, 850-488-6253
The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation
Commission (FWC) agreed Wednesday on amendments regarding captive
wildlife rules, which will take effect July 1, 2010. Capt. John
West of the FWC's Captive Wildlife section led the final public
hearing on rule changes proposed at the Commission meeting in
When the new rules take effect, all shipments of
live wildlife that are sent interstate or intrastate commerce will
have to be labeled with the complete name and address of the sender
and receiver, as well as the numbers and species of animals
contained in the shipment.
Another aspect of the changes is that licensees
authorized to exhibit or sell Class III wildlife, who are
considered to be "hobbyists," will no longer have to demonstrate
sustained consistent commercial activity.
"This change allows 'hobbyists' to possess wildlife
primarily for their personal enjoyment," West said. "But they can
occasionally exhibit or sell their wildlife without having to
demonstrate commercial activity."
A final aspect of the amendments allows County
Emergency Managers to review the "Captive Wildlife Critical
Incident/Disaster Plan" that possessors of Class I or Class II
"This change addresses concerns of both the
counties and the licensees," West said. "It will provide County
Emergency Managers access to 'Part B' of the plan, while protecting
licensees' sensitive facility information from becoming public
Several members of the public from the Humane
Society of the United States and the Florida reptile industry
spoke, applauding the FWC's efforts so far and encouraging rapid
action on these issues.
Also discussed were changes regarding local
commercial zoning and building codes. Over the past several months,
FWC employees worked with representatives from the Florida
Association of Counties, local government and other stakeholders on
possible changes to county-related captive wildlife rules.
Commissioners requested that staff continue working with counties
on these issues. When the Commission meets again in September, it
will address whether new licensees who possess Class I or Class II
wildlife for commercial purposes must meet local commercial zoning
and building codes.
More information about the FWC's captive wildlife
regulations is available at MyFWC.com/Rules; click on "Captive