The best evidence of this is the accelerating trend in state laws.Just since 2005 eight more states have passed some level of a ban.In USDA vs Palazzo the courts ruled, “…it is now manifestly clear that USDA has changed its position, finding there to be “an inherent danger present for both the viewing public and the exhibited animals(s) where there is any chance that the public could come into direct contact with juvenile or adult big cats”…and finding that…”For regulatory purposes, APHIS generally considers big cats to become juveniles when they reach 12 weeks of age. Gibbens’ testimony, the policy precluding direct public contact with juvenile tigers was in effect in 2004 & was placed on the USDA’s website in 2005. Cat Adventures3Yr Florida law only allows contact up to 25 lbs for exotic cats. General: All Class I, II or III wildlife that will be used for contact with the public shall have been evaluated by the exhibitor to ensure compatibility with the uses intended.Notwithstanding any provision of law to the contrary, it shall be illegal to own, maintain, sell, or trade any canidae or felidae for which there is no USDA licensed rabies vaccine. 8th Street, Juneau, AK 99811-5526, 907-465-4100 State Web Site Department Web Site Does not allow private ownership of exotic cats and lawbreakers are subject to a year in jail and a ,000 fine.Anyone currently owning or maintaining such animal may keep the animal for the length of the animal’s life providing the animal is spayed or neutered and is registered with the Department of Agriculture and Industries. 562, §8.) Alabama/1975/3-8-1Back to Top Alaska Category: B Department of Fish and Game P. Only issues permits for fur farming of lynx and bobcat, or scientific or education use of animals.
Gradually more and more people are realizing that this simply leads to widespread abuse of these animals.
When any conditions exist that results in a threat to human safety, or the welfare of the wildlife, the animal(s) shall, at the direction of a Commission officer, be immediately removed from public contact for an interval necessary to correct the unsafe or deficient condition. Class I wildlife shall only be permitted to come into physical contact with the public in accordance with the following: a.
Full contact: For the purpose of this section, full contact is defined as situations in which an exhibitor or employee handler maintains proximate control and supervision, while temporarily surrendering physical possession or custody of the animal to another.
Also issues permits for the public exhibition of wildlife.
Carnivals, zoos, circuses, and other like shows and exhibits where ample provision is made so the birds, animals, reptiles, amphibians, and fish will not escape or be released in this state are permitted.