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    ALERT: Suffolk County, NY

    ALERT: Suffolk County, NY Animal Program Ban

    Very basic summary:

    1. Ban on any animal except domesticated dogs, cats, horses, pigs, cows, sheep, or goats being transported and then viewed by any audience. This applies even for animals born and raised in human care.
    2. there are very few exceptions allowed: accredited zoos, aquariums, universities, colleges, or other such research facilities or environmental educational programs (note that environmental educational programs are not exempt if doing activities as common as giving animals food or treats);
    3. each offense holds a fine of up to $2,500.

    Resolution Number 1777-2022 is a broad-sweeping ban on “animal traveling performances or shows” which would include educational animal outreach and other programs for most species of animals. The term “wild or exotic animal,” as defined in the proposal, is broad-sweeping. Similar animal performance and traveling animal act bans are being proposed across the country at the local, state, and federal levels. Once again, this proposal uses the language “include but are not limited to” in the definition to make it seem it only applies to a small list of animals, but that is not true.

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    USARK FL: FWC Commission Meeting
    The September meeting was canceled due to Hurricane Ian. The next meeting is scheduled for November 30 - December 1 in Panama City. The agenda will be posted at

    From USARK FL: USARK Florida has presented a Proposal for the Captive Breeding of Diamondback Terrapins to FWC.

    For too long, Florida's reptile breeders have been deprived of the opportunity to economically benefit from this native, non-invasive turtle species.

    Bans on the captive breeding of turtles as recommended by law enforcement officials do not have conservation benefits supported by scientific studies.

    The availability of captive-born offspring to supply markets has been shown to reduce poaching in other reptile species.

    Florida breeders want the opportunity to work with legally acquired captive-bred terrapins, not wild-caught terrapins. They are not asking to work with "wild animals" or "wildlife."

    FWC already has a permitting system for captive terrapins that requires detailed photos for identification purposes.

    FDACS division of Aquaculture has been very supportive of our proposal and has told us that they can administrate the program so there will be no additional cost to FWC.

    Governments and organizations all over the world are embracing captive breeding as a conservation solution.

    The government of Colombia has endorsed a captive breeding program for Dart frogs to supply to market with captive-bred animals as an alternative to wild-caught.

    Farming and commercialization of many crocodilian species have been recognized by the IUCN crocodilian specialist group as being essential to conservation efforts.
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    love how they focus on this and not the real problems that are actually taking place (climate change) - really hoping NY keepers and the ARK can get this smashed! anything people outside the state can do?
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