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Reptile keepers throughout the state voice issues to FWC about so-called “additional rules”


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GAINESVILLE, Fla. (WCJB) – Folks within the wildlife enterprise got here out by the handfuls for at the moment’s public listening to with the FWC.

Many really feel a proposed state regulation would make it simpler for FWC to revoke wildlife licenses.

“We acknowledge that there ought to be some regulation. Nevertheless, what we’ve seen not too long ago is a package deal of guidelines piling on rules on rules that appear to be designed to place individuals out of enterprise,” stated Daniel Parker, Media Director for U.S. Affiliation of Reptile Keepers, higher often known as USARK Florida.

These towards the proposal stated it might deprive small enterprise homeowners due course of and personal property rights.

“So if anyone may have an administrative, which is a straightforward paperwork violation, they might lose their license. All their workers would lose their jobs and they might be shut down for at least three years,” stated Elizabeth Wisneski, President of USARK Florida.

She stated she’s not towards rules, however needs the foundations to be clearer.

“We’re simply small particular person hobbyists attempting to make our manner on the earth and work with the animals that we love,” stated Chantz Chick, Proprietor of Gator Metropolis Reptiles.

He stated this proposed rule is only one of many who proceed to hurt small enterprise homeowners like him.

“I used to attempt to faux that it was like ‘oh there’s some noble good ones there that wanna make the appropriate selections they usually’re searching for the animals too,’ however actually it’s simply turn out to be extra clear that they simply don’t need there to be an unique animal pastime on this state,” he stated.

Chick stated if these rules proceed to get tighter, among the animals he carries like Honduran milk snakes, might not be round for for much longer.

“Each time they ban one particular bizarre little creature nobody’s ever heard of, or they make yet another unusual rule about what your cage has to appear like with the intention to preserve these animals. It simply chips away very slowly,” he stated.

Marcus Cantos, a turtle breeder from Ft. Myers who traveled to Gainesville for the assembly at the moment, stated “there’s a feeling on the high in FWC that something that is likely to be invasive can’t be right here.”

TV 20 reached out to FWC for an announcement on this proposed rule.

Officers stated they’re sending one, however we now have not heard again but.

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