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California Considers Adding to Banned Species List

The state Senate will host a public hearing on the topic Tuesday, March 25.
 

A new proposal may prohibit the possession, transportation, release and importation of a number of wild animals including giant toads.
A proposal under consideration in California’s Senate would prohibit the possession, transportation, release and importation of a number of wild animals, including certain species of mynahs, finches, marsupials, non-domesticated rodents and rabbits, cobras, alligators, giant toads and a number of other reptiles and amphibians, as well as some species of fish.

The Pet Industry Joint Advisory Council opposes the legislation.

“We feel this list is excessive and could greatly affect the pet industry in California,” it wrote in a Pet Alert.

The Senate Natural Resources & Water Committee will hold a hearing on the proposal, Senate Bill 1424, this coming Tuesday, March 25.
 
The bill would repeal and amend the current list of species the state’s Fish and Game Commission uses to determine which types of animals might pose a threat to the state’s native wildlife or that raise an animal welfare concern. Click here for a complete list of animals covered by the proposal.

The hearing will be held in Senate Hearing Room 112 at 9:30 a.m. <HOME>

Posted March 21, 11:24 a.m., EST


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