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Posted by Tammy on May 17, 2002 at 20:51:35:
I recently moved to New Jersey, and found out by accident during a pet store visit that I'm supposed to register my bearded dragons with the state. None of the other states I've lived in have required reptile registration, and given all the misinformed hoopla not that long ago about salmonella, etc., I'm hesitant to give some nutbar in a position of authority who might go on some absurd tear someday the knowledge needed for someone to come try to confiscate my dragons. Bearded dragons are all I keep, but I do breed occasionally just as a hobby. I guess the first question I have for anyone willing to answer is why I should register my dragons and then worry all the time from then on about some goof showing up at the door wanting to take them. I don't mean to sound like a jerk, and freely admit that I'm probably missing something important in this whole situation, but that's why I'm asking...so hopefully someone can explain the system and need for it to me so I can be "legal" but not worry that I'm setting myself up.
Secondly, I would very much love to join and support the NJHS, and would appreciate info on how to do so, but also would like to know if I can join if I choose not to register my pets with the state?
Thanks, and again, I'm not trying to be an idiot or a trouble-maker. This is just all new to me and I would like to hear from people who really know what it's all about.