Exotic animal laws

Pets have a special place in the hearts and minds of many people. They provide a constant companion that makes judgments based on outward physical appearance of a pet owner, intellectual ability, technical skill, or any of the myriad factors that influence the acceptance of one of his companions. For many, the established link to a childhood pet stays with them long after the death of a pet and provides a source of good memories. But the trend toward keeping exotic animals as pets has endangered the safety of animals and humans.

The story of a close relationship with domesticated creatures and a recent explosion of the exotic pet trade has led to a number of people to the wrong conclusion that these wild animals are relatively harmless, like domesticated counterparts. This alleged error, however, ignores the fact that the domestication of a race requires hundreds or even thousands of years of concentrated and sustained efforts. As a result, some people choose to keep exotic animals as pets. That decision can have dire consequences, and in recognition of this threat to public safety, some states have enacted laws to regulate and / or holding bar of exotic animals.

Specific Iowa

The need for this type of legislation is immediately apparent when you consider the danger that these animals may pose to the health of those around them. They can contain viruses and bacteria that can sicken or kill humans who are exposed to these microbiological hazards. Herpes, shigella, hantavirus, rabies, salmonellosis and other threats are just a small part of the exotic animal diseases that can lead. Beyond these immunological risks, an attack can cause irreparable damage. Equipped with teeth, claws, strength and speed to hunt or defend themselves in the wild, many animals have the ability to quickly kill or inflict serious injury to anyone in its path.

In 2007 the state of Iowa passed a new law to regulate more strictly the transport and possession of exotic animals. Some of the highlights of state law include provisions specifying that:

All exotic pets must be microchipped for identification electrons injected

All exotic animals must be registered with the appropriate state authorities

Unless to be seen by a veterinarian, the animal must remain in an enclosure

Vital information, photographs, and proof of insurance must be filed

Breeding is strictly prohibited, as is the importation of these animals

Owners must be of legal age, without neglecting or abusing animals convictions

The owners could not have been convicted of any felony in the past 10 years

If you have been attacked

Unfortunately, these laws can not guarantee its security and many people choose to flagrantly violate the law.


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