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Tighter Law for Exotic Pet Owners

May 6, 2002
By: JiaoJiao Shen
State Capital Bureau

Ever been bitten by a monkey? An eight year old boy in Kansas City has, and that spurred legislation to require pet owners to register their exotic animals within two weeks of possession.

JiaoJiao Shen has the story from Jefferson City.

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Lions and tigers and bears. If you want to keep one of these, or some other wild animals, as a household pet, you're going to have to register that animal within two weeks after you get it.

That's if Representative Meg Harding gets her way.

Harding is sponsoring a bill that is up for consideration in the House.

Harding says she was inspired to propose this bill after a boy in her district was bitten by a monkey.

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Contents: Harding says many animals carry diseases and legislators must ensure the health of the people in the state.

Because this legislative session is coming to an end, Harding says she plans to file this bill as an amendment to increase the chances of it being heard on the House floor.

From Jefferson City, JiaoJiao Shen


Missouri Tiger fans can own real tigers if they wanted to, as long as they register their tiger within two weeks of getting it, if a bill passes in the House.

JiaoJiao Shen has more from Jefferson City.

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Representative Meg Harding is sponsoring a bill requiring exotic pet owners to register their pet within two weeks of possession.

This bill was inspired by a little boy who got bitten by a monkey.

Harding says monkeys and other exotic animals pose a threat to public health.

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Contents: Harding says monkeys have a disease that can be fatal to humans, and rabies is another disease that is dangerous to man.

Harding filed the bill as an amendment on Monday to increase the chances of it getting to the House floor.

From Jefferson City, JiaoJiao Shen


Ever wanted to own your very own mountain lion? As long as you register it within two weeks of possession, you can, if one bill passes in the House.

JiaoJiao Shen reports from Jefferson City.

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Public safety was her goal when Representative Meg Harding of Kansas City proposed a bill requiring exotic pet owners to register their animals within two weeks of possession.

She says this bill would keep dangerous animals off the streets.

Harding says the Conservation Department supports this bill.

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Contents: Harding says the Conservation Deparment is supportive because they can get the animals back to their owners if the animal escapes.

Due to a crowded legislative calender, Harding says she plans to attach this bill to another bill as an amendment to increase the chances of it being heard on the House floor.

From Jefferson City, JiaoJiao Shen