Group Meets to Discuss Exotic Animal Legislation List

By: WSAZ News Staff Email
By: WSAZ News Staff Email

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- The Dangerous Wild Animal Committee met in Charleston Thursday to discuss how they will choose which animals will fall under the new legislation.

The group discussed a list of rules for submission to the legislature. The list will be open to public comment and people can submit any suggestions on animals they think should be on the list.

People who currently own any animals on the list will not be able to replace those animals after they pass away.

Chris Ferro with the West Virginia Department of Agriculture said, "It does include some animals that you might not think would be inherently dangerous. But there again, there are some animals, such as turtles and others that do carry salmonella."

Eric Graham with Valley Pets said, "That's a pretty common disease you can catch anywhere. You can catch it from chickens. But the turtles, you can only catch it if you put them in your mouth, or if you're handling them and not washing your hands."

West Virginia is one of the last states to adopt this legislation.

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