Submitted by Jeremy Isett on Tue, 01/22/2013 - 10:47am
Virginia prohibits private possession of big cats. It is unlawful to privately possess any nonnative exotic animal, which includes all species of non-domesticated cats. Licensed exhibitors, however, are exempt from this prohibition and may possess big cats. Additionally, Virginia law includes an appeals process whereby an individual may request the Department of Game and Inland Fisheries to issue a special permit creating a specific exception. If granted, the special permit would authorize possession of predatory animals. The Department will issue a permit only if possession will not be detrimental to Virginia wildlife and the permit requires information about the animal's place of origin and the exporter’s contact information, certification from an accredited veterinarian as to the animal's health, and a $10 permit fee.
Submitted by Jeremy Isett on Tue, 01/22/2013 - 10:41am
Wisconsin does not regulate private possession of big cats. Not only is private ownership of big cats unregulated, but also importation of big cats from out of state requires only that the owner obtain an Importation Permit. To obtain a permit, the owner must submit contact information, identifying information about the animal, and certification from a veterinarian verifying the animal’s health. Public zoos or aquariums, circuses, and the Circus World Museum in Baraboo, Wisconsin, are exempt from this requirement and do not need to register big cats through the Importation Permit process.
Submitted by Jeremy Isett on Tue, 01/22/2013 - 10:39am
Washington prohibits private ownership of big cats. Under Washington law, it is unlawful to possess lions, tigers, captive-bred cougars, jaguars, cheetahs, leopards, snow leopards, clouded leopards, and any hybrids whether bred in the wild or in captivity. State authorized institutions, AZA-accredited institutions, wildlife sanctuaries, and circuses are exempt from this ban and may possess big cats. Additionally, any person who privately owned a big cat prior to July 22, 2007 may continue possession of the big cat.
Submitted by Jeremy Isett on Tue, 01/22/2013 - 10:36am
Possession of big cats is lawful in West Virginia. Owners must obtain a Personal Pet Permit from the State's Fish and Game Director to privately possess a big cat as a pet. The permit fee is two dollars. Additionally, any person may apply for a Menagerie Permit that would authorize the operation of a roadside menagerie in West Virginia. The permit fee is twenty-five dollars and requires adequate facilities to protect the public and to care for the cat.
Submitted by Jeremy Isett on Tue, 01/22/2013 - 10:33am
It is lawful to possess a big cat in Wyoming with a permit. To qualify for a permit, applicants must consent to full liability costs associated with importing or possessing a big cat. Permit applicants must disclose all animals to be possessed, the purpose for which the animal will be kept, and a detailed description of the facility. Permit holders must consent to facility inspections to ensure adequate enclosures protecting the animal and the public. For example, facilities must provide sufficient space for the normal development and physical behavior of the animal, proper lighting and ventilation, enclosures to allow for proper cleaning of facilities while minimizing stress to the animals, adequate parasite and pest control, clean water, appropriate bedding materials, and clean and sanitary conditions generally. Of note is an exception mandating that no permit shall issue for the ownership of mountain lions.
Submitted by ALison Dnitino on Tue, 01/22/2013 - 9:59am
Concerned about the conservation of sharks in the Republic of Yemen, the International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW - www.ifaw.org) is organizing a national workshop in collaboration with the Yemen Environment Protection Authority.