Proposed Regulation Amendment

4VAC15-290-60. Game: Permits. Holding wild animals for exhibition purposes.

Summary

The proposal is to establish standards for elementary and secondary school teachers to possess and display wildlife without a Permit to Exhibit Wildlife.

Text of Regulation

Rationale

During the 2013 General Assembly session, Senate Bill 1277 was passed. If this legislation is signed by the Governor, it provides that:

The Board (of Game and Inland Fisheries) shall establish standards for the possession and display of wildlife by elementary or secondary school teachers for educational purposes. No permit fee or application shall be required, and such display shall be deemed to be permitted so long as notification of the display is made to the Department and the exhibit is in compliance with the conditions established by the Board. The Board's standards may include species permitted to be possessed and displayed, caging and enclosure requirements, prohibitions on release of wildlife, and notification requirements in the case of wildlife sickness or escape.

This proposed regulation would allow elementary and secondary school teachers to possess and display wildlife for educational purposes without a Permit to Exhibit Wildlife. Further, it establishes standards to be followed by these teachers in lieu of a permit. The regulation is necessary to comply with the Code of Virginia.

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