CHAPTER 84

FORMERLY

HOUSE BILL NO. 182

AS AMENDED BY HOUSE AMENDMENT NOS. 1 AND 2

AN ACT TO AMEND CHAPTER 72, TITLE 3, DELAWARE CODE RELATING TO POSSESSION OF MAMMALS OR REPTILES EXOTIC TO DELAWARE.

BE IT ENACTED BY THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF THE STATE OF DELAWARE:

Section 1. Amend Chapter 72, Title 3, Delaware Code by striking said

Chapter Title and Sections 7201 and 7202 in their entirety and substituting in lieu thereof the following:

"Chapter 72. Possession of Mammals or Reptiles Exotic to Delaware §7201. Possession: permit required.

No person shall bring into this State, possess, sell or exhibit any live wild mammal or hybrid of a wild mammal or live reptile not native to or generally found in Delaware without first securing a permit under this chapter. The Department of Agriculture may adopt regulations to exempt such mammals and reptiles that do not represent a significant threat to community interests from the provisions of this chapter.

§7202. Permit: rules and regulations: exemptions.

The Department of Agriculture shall enforce this chapter and may issue a permit where the possession or exhibition of a live wild mammal or hybrid of a wild mammal or live reptile will be in the public interest, and may promulgate rules and regulations for the proper enforcement of this chapter. The Department may designate agencies authorized to conduct animal cruelty enforcement and/or dog control enforcement to enforce the provisions of this Chapter. The Department shall receive a fee of $25 for each and every permit Issued. Nothing in this chapter shall be deemed to prevent the use of any live wild mammal or hybrid of a wild mammal or live reptile in medical or psychological research or for display in any municipal zoological park or traveling circus after issuance of a permit."

Approved July 6, 1993.