Exotic pets regulation may be coming to W.Va.

11/20/2013 | SeattlePI.com

West Virginia, one of only five states with no rules governing the ownership of exotic pets, is considering whether to regulate or ban the practice. State Division of Natural Resources officials are calling for the creation of a commission to determine which species would be affected, arguing regulation is needed to ensure the safety of the animals and humans. Proposed measures would allow current owners of exotic pets to keep them, while mandating proper veterinary care, caging and an evacuation plan in the event of a natural disaster. Zoos overseen by the USDA would not be affected.

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