Friday, December 28, 2007
Exotic animals abound in Florida; counts on how many are difficult
The Orlando Sentinel reports here on the large number of exotic animals being kept privately in Florida. While 22 states ban the private ownership of exotic wildlife, Florida allows it. According to the story, state records show 4,500 people or businesses hold licenses to own exotic animals. However, the story notes that the records are incomplete and it is difficult to track the actual number of such animals. Based on the available inventories, a review by the St. Pete Times found that about 13,500 Class 1 and Class 2 animals are concentrated in the hands of 500 private owners. The article notes that the largest quantities of exotic animals in Florida are primates being bred for animal testing.