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XGR-WILD ANIMALS ACT
W.Va. House committee approves an act to prohibit ownership of dangerous wild animals
Reported by: Associated Press
Wednesday, February 12, 2014 12:41 PM EST
The West Virginia House Natural Resource Committee has approved a bill prohibiting ownership of dangerous wild animals after ensuring it allows for snake handling religions.
The bill would create a dangerous wild animal board to develop a list of dangerous animals, prohibit their possession, and issue permits for animals already owned. Owners with permits would need to provide proof of at least $300,000 in liability insurance.
The legislation exempts zoos, circuses and veterinary hospitals treating dangerous wild animals.
The bill has been passed to the House Judiciary Committee.