Buying and maintaining exotic animals within your household could be a blessing — that is, if the animal doesn’t eat you first. However, underneath the exterior of owning an exotic animal comes responsibility and regulations to follow. This
articles serves to provide readers with the requirements and regulations permitted under Missouri’s legislation to import and export animals within Missouri for both businesses and individual owners.
First, an individual or business who is interested in owning exotic animals must understand and comprehend their regions state laws regarding animals. The image provided below gives readers an easy
Missouri’s regulations state that an individual must obtain a license or permit from their relevant state agency to own an exotic animal. Additionally, for an individual or business to own an exotic animal, acts like the Large Carnivore Act of 2010 and the Senate Bill No. 138 regarding larger exotic animals.
Aside from becoming acquainted with the acts regarding the ownership of larger exotic animals, individuals must be aware of the category that each type of animal belongs to and the type of permit needed to own an animal.
According to Greene County Zoning Regulations:
- Exotic Pets – any animal not customarily kept as a household pet such as
monkeys, pot-belly pigs, sport birds such as falcons, hawks, and eagles,
and domesticated wildlife animals, but not including dangerous or
restricted animals. Exotic pets shall require a home occupation permit.
- Dangerous Animals – any animal designated as dangerous (predators,
carnivores, venomous, oversized, etc.) must have a Conditional Use
Permit to be allowed as a pet in any district; provided, however, no retail
or wholesale business will be conducted in conjunction with the keeping
of such animals in any district lower than the C-2, General Commercial
District. The keeping of such animals must conform to the Department of
- Kennel (Commercial) – any lot, building, structure, enclosure, or
premises where four (4) or more dogs over six (6) months of age are kept
for commercial purposes, including boarding, breeding, wholesale and
retail of goods or animals, or the rendering of services for profit, or any
facility which is classifies as a regulated business by the Department of
Agriculture. A commercial kennel must be located on at least five (5)
acres and shall require a Conditional Use Permit.
Importing and Exporting Animals
To ensure the safety and transportation of exotic animals into and out of Missouri, regulations and requirements have been implemented by The Missouri Agriculture Department.
According to The Missouri Agriculture Department, “All exotic animals must be accompanied by an official Certificate of Veterinary Inspection showing an individual listing of the common name(s) of the animal(s) and appropriate descriptions of animal(s) such as sex, age, weight, coloration, and the permanent identification.”
The list provided below discusses the requirements for specific exotic animals:
- Elephants (Asiatic, African) must test negative for tuberculosis within one (1) year prior to entry.
- Importation of skunks and raccoons into Missouri is prohibited by the Missouri Wildlife Code, 3 CSR 10-9.
- No tests are required for animals moving between publicly-owned American Zoos and Aquariums (AZA)-accredited zoos but must be accompanied by a Certificate of Veterinary Inspection. Cervids moving between publicly-owned AZA-accredited zoos must meet the chronic wasting disease monitoring requirements as outlined in subsection (10)(E). An entry permit is required on all animals moving between publicly-owned American Zoos and Aquariums (AZA)-accredited zoos.
Animal Amnesty Day Act
For individuals unable to care for their exotic animals, services like the Nonnative Pet Amnesty Day in Florida where individuals can bring their animals and provide homes for them. The video provided was taken from YouTube and provides an enlightening view of what happens on Nonnative Pet Amnesty Day.