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Posted by Jason Harlow on March 01, 2002 at 23:59:32:
In Reply to: Re: Need your assistance, please...long post posted by Katrina on March 01, 2002 at 22:03:29:
You are 100% correct. However, in the "great" State of Illinois, the USDA permit is a sort of "cover all" for all species. Even though you don't need one by US regulations, according to IL law, you need one for reptiles over 6' in length for constricting snakes, and over 4' in length for crocodilians, and of course for any bobcat, lion, hyena, tiger, etc.
This once agin shows Illinois' lawmakers as being ignorant about animals and the laws that apply to them.
: USDA licenses apply to reptiles? Reptiles aren't covered under the animal welfare act. I do believe you have a strong case, though.
: : : I think anyone who has a pet alligator is a moron. I totally agree with the court's decision.
: : I would be unprofessional about this, but, I try to not lower my standards unless I must.
: : If you read the post carefully, you would find that this is NOT a case of whether or not one can posess alligators in Illinois, it is whether or not IL endangered species protection act applies to them, and to find the local police department caused me damage.
: : I hold a USDA permit, which is the same permit any zoo in the country has. I can keep any species of any size, and I invite you to see my exhibit area in my house, that I have invested well over $5,000 into.
: : I do not agree that everyone should have a "pet" alligator, but those who are properly trained, qualified, and have the proper facility to maintain them, should be able to without a Barney Fife type government saying they can not.