Captive Wildlife Rules and Regulations
The laws to protect exotic animals are governed by the Animal
Welfare Act and enforced by the United
States Department of Agriculture (USDA). Some states further
restrict care and/or ownership of these animals under departments
of environment, natural resources, or wildlife management.
In Florida, where Vanishing Species is located, the state
agency that governs exotic animal care is the Florida
Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, or FWC.
Generaly speaking, the Animal Welfare Act, and accordingly
USDA's jurisdiction, covers the well-being of the animals.
USDA enforces rules on what exotic animals are fed, how food
is prepared, enclosure cleanliness, and storage of food, cleaning
products and other items. Conversly most state agencies, including
FWC, govern safety factors for the general public, including
minimum cage sizes, cage strength, animal transportation,
and how and when the general public can come into contact
with different animals.
Both of these agencies require permits and regular, surprise
inspections to verify that facilities comply with all regulations.
Vanishing Species Wildlife has an excellent reputation and
relationship with both of these agencies