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Old 07-23-2003, 12:25 AM   #1
Adamanteus
Florida state law issues

State Homepage - http://www.myflorida.com/

State Legislature - http://www.leg.state.fl.us/

State Statutes/Code - http://www.leg.state.fl.us/statutes
 
Old 07-31-2003, 01:01 AM   #2
WebSlave
Concerning the Daytona Beach Expo

Just in case everyone interested did not get this email from Wayne Hill:

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To All Expo Vendors:
I have recently been contacted by Lt. Rick Brown of FL Wildlife Commission informing me of a new enforcement plan. This new plan will be implemented starting with the Breeders' Expo in August and continuing for all other shows in FL thereafter. The plan is that any non Florida resident who does not possess the proper permits at the show will no longer be issued a citation to appear in court, but will be taken to the county jail and offered the opportunity to post a $250 bail. This is in response to out of state vendors displaying reptiles without permits at numerous smaller shows around the state who, when cited to appear in court at at later date, do not show.
I will remind you that the application for a permit to sell and display reptiles in the State of FL is always included in the vendor's package. You must have the permit or a copy of it with you at the show since it is subject to inspection by agents of the FL Wildlife Commission. The Expo has been chosen to begin the new enforcement plan because so many herp vendors are present. Let's show the FL Wildlife Commission how professional our vendors are by having 100% compliance with the permitting rules.
Look forward to seeing you in 2 weeks.
Wayne Hill
 
Old 10-14-2003, 11:21 PM   #3
brucestephenson
Tampa, Florida will try for REPTILE BAN TOMORROW, Wed. 10/15/03

The Hillsborough County Commission (Tampa) will discuss ways to ban reptiles and exotic pets tomorrow, Wednesday, October 15, 2003. The matter is scheduled to be brought up at 10:15 am. The ban was publicized only 24 hours prior as far as I know. This ban which is specific to stop the breeding and selling of exotic pets is being talked about as a template for the rest of Florida. It is designed by the Commission and various Humane Society, Animal Rescue, and County Animal Control Persons to circumvent the Florida State Permits that Reptile Persons and other exotic animal people hold. They will also require warning signs in your front yard and a public list of all the animals you own which will be gathered by and for the the government. The meeting will take place on the 2nd floor of County Center, 601 East Kennedy Blvd. in downtown Tampa. The exotic pet ban is scheduled to be discussed at 10:15 am; however, I would get there early in case in case they try to run it through quickly.
May God help the reptile people in Tampa, the rest of Florida, and rest of the country.
 
Old 10-15-2003, 12:24 AM   #4
brucestephenson
County Email Form

You can e-mail the Hillsborough County Commissioners at www.hillsboroughcounty.org Thanks, Bruce Stephenson.
 
Old 10-15-2003, 12:35 AM   #5
WebSlave
ALERT!! Hillsborough County, Florida

Posted by Bruce Stephenson:
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The Hillsborough County Commission (Tampa) will discuss ways to ban reptiles and exotic pets tomorrow, Wednesday, October 15, 2003. The matter is scheduled to be brought up at 10:15 am. The ban was publicized only 24 hours prior as far as I know. This ban which is specific to stop the breeding and selling of exotic pets is being talked about as a template for the rest of Florida. It is designed by the Commission and various Humane Society, Animal Rescue, and County Animal Control Persons to circumvent the Florida State Permits that Reptile Persons and other exotic animal people hold. They will also require warning signs in your front yard and a public list of all the animals you own which will be gathered by and for the the government. The meeting will take place on the 2nd floor of County Center, 601 East Kennedy Blvd. in downtown Tampa. The exotic pet ban is scheduled to be discussed at 10:15 am; however, I would get there early in case in case they try to run it through quickly.
May God help the reptile people in Tampa, the rest of Florida, and rest of the country.
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You can e-mail the Hillsborough County Commissioners at www.hillsboroughcounty.org Thanks, Bruce Stephenson.
 
Old 10-15-2003, 12:14 PM   #6
Axe
Not that I doubt your word WebSlave , but has anybody seen a news article anywhere on this?
 
Old 10-15-2003, 12:30 PM   #7
brucestephenson
Today is Wed, 15 Oct 2003








Today is Wed, 15 Oct 2003



































A database that keeps track of exotic animals is a possibility in Hillsborough County Tuesday, October 14th

Are there any large felines in your neighborhood?
Aurora the tiger currently resides at the WildLife on East Street sanctuary in Tampa.

Believe it or not, the impressive feline was once the pet of a Bay area resident. Scott Lope, one of the managers at the sanctuary, says having a cat as large as Aurora as a pet is not as unusual as you might think.

"I think it would surprise some people to know that they have tigers or cougars living next door," Lope said.

Hillsborough Board of County Commissioners
Click here to access their web site.
Hillsborough County Commissioners are considering ways to regulate wild and exotic pets in their communities. Bill Armstrong, Hillsborough's Animal Services Director says he's concerned about the danger that these animals can pose to their owners and neighbors.


Lope says more needs to be done to regulate the sale of exotic pets.
"We're dealing with a different level of potential danger in the community other than just your average dog or cat," Armstrong said.

Because the Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission has exclusive jurisdiction over setting rules for wildlife, he is exploring other ways to regulate exotic pets.

One possibility would require their owners to post signs. There could also be some tinkering of local zoning laws to regulate pet containers such as cages. The County Commission has been discussing the possibility of compiling a public database to keep track of exotic pets.

It would be a great way for emergency responders to locate areas where the animals live so they are no what they are getting themselves into before they respond to a call.

Lope says unfortunately is would be virtually impossible to keep track of all exotic pet owners in Hillsborough County. He does offer a solution suggesting that the county keep track of people who breed wild animals in order to sell them.

"The people putting these animals out there, the need to be held liable for the animals they create," Lope said. "The animals [usually] wind up in the wrong hands, unqualified hands."


Hillsborough is considering a number of proposals.
In any case, Lope and Armstrong agree that something needs to be done to keep just anyone from acquiring an exotic animal. When it comes to regulating such things as pet ownership, officials with animal services say it's a balancing act between the rights of the individual owner and public safety.

Armstrong is optimistic that the county can find a happy medium.

"It's going to be a challenge," he said. "We need to protect the privacy of [the owners] and at the same time look out for the welfare of all the citizens."

That's a notion that might even receive a roar of approval from Aurora.





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A database that keeps track of exotic animals is a possibility in Hillsborough County Tuesday, October 14th

Are there any large felines in your neighborhood?
Aurora the tiger currently resides at the WildLife on East Street sanctuary in Tampa.

Believe it or not, the impressive feline was once the pet of a Bay area resident. Scott Lope, one of the managers at the sanctuary, says having a cat as large as Aurora as a pet is not as unusual as you might think.

"I think it would surprise some people to know that they have tigers or cougars living next door," Lope said.

Hillsborough Board of County Commissioners
Click here to access their web site.
Hillsborough County Commissioners are considering ways to regulate wild and exotic pets in their communities. Bill Armstrong, Hillsborough's Animal Services Director says he's concerned about the danger that these animals can pose to their owners and neighbors.


Lope says more needs to be done to regulate the sale of exotic pets.
"We're dealing with a different level of potential danger in the community other than just your average dog or cat," Armstrong said.

Because the Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission has exclusive jurisdiction over setting rules for wildlife, he is exploring other ways to regulate exotic pets.

One possibility would require their owners to post signs. There could also be some tinkering of local zoning laws to regulate pet containers such as cages. The County Commission has been discussing the possibility of compiling a public database to keep track of exotic pets.

It would be a great way for emergency responders to locate areas where the animals live so they are no what they are getting themselves into before they respond to a call.

Lope says unfortunately is would be virtually impossible to keep track of all exotic pet owners in Hillsborough County. He does offer a solution suggesting that the county keep track of people who breed wild animals in order to sell them.

"The people putting these animals out there, the need to be held liable for the animals they create," Lope said. "The animals [usually] wind up in the wrong hands, unqualified hands."


Hillsborough is considering a number of proposals.
In any case, Lope and Armstrong agree that something needs to be done to keep just anyone from acquiring an exotic animal. When it comes to regulating such things as pet ownership, officials with animal services say it's a balancing act between the rights of the individual owner and public safety.

Armstrong is optimistic that the county can find a happy medium.

"It's going to be a challenge," he said. "We need to protect the privacy of [the owners] and at the same time look out for the welfare of all the citizens."

That's a notion that might even receive a roar of approval from Aurora.





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Watch On-line
High Speed|Dial-up
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Old 10-15-2003, 12:35 PM   #8
WebSlave
Hillsborough County Commission Agenda for October 15th

Check on page 14.

Of course it is over and done with by now, I would assume.
 
Old 10-15-2003, 12:37 PM   #9
brucestephenson
Please scroll down on my prior post to read the article. Sorry, I am on a learning curve with computers. I am a stone age person at the age of 43. Bruce Stephenson.
 
Old 10-15-2003, 12:41 PM   #10
Axe
hehe No problem, we're all still learning something about something, so you'll pick it all up in no time

Would you happen to have the URL handy for the originally published article at Bay News 9's site?
 

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