Rules and Regulations Governing Importation and Possession of Wild Animals (250-RICR-40-05-3)


Title 250 Department of Environmental Management
Chapter 40 Agriculture and Resource Marketing
Subchapter 05 Animal Health
Part 3 Rules and Regulations Governing Importation and Possession of Wild Animals (250-RICR-40-05-3)
Type of Filing Amendment
Regulation Status Proposed View Active Rule
Filing Notice Date 04/12/2021
Filing Hearing Date(s) 05/11/2021
Public Comment Dates 04/12/2021 to 05/17/2021

Regulation Authority :

R.I. Gen. Laws Chapter 4-18 and R.I. Gen. Laws §§ 20-1-18, 20-1-22, 20-37-3 and 42-17.1-2(19)

Purpose and Reason :

This amendment is to establish a procedure for the issuance of permits for the importation and possession within Rhode Island of those exotic or native wild animals that are free of diseases and that do not pose a threat to humans, livestock and other domesticated animals, and native wildlife. These regulations also ensure that endangered and threatened species are not imported / possessed in the State of Rhode Island without a permit. The Importation regulations also allow importation / possession by only those persons who can demonstrate to the satisfaction of the DEM that they have adequate facilities, adequate knowledge of, animal health and husbandry, and the ability and resources to care for the subject animals in order to ensure public safety as well as the health and well-being of the imported / possessed exotic or native wild animal.


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