House bill would ban 'dangerous' animals

Posted April 30, 2015

The Conservators Center in Caswell County houses about 80 exotic animals, many of which have been rescued from abusive situations.

— It would be illegal to possess, breed or sell dangerous exotic animals under a bill the state House approved 80-32 in the early hours of Thursday morning.

The definition of "dangerous wild animal" would include large cats such as lions as well as hyenas, bears and wolves. Several categories of primates would also be included.

North Carolina is one of only six states that does not either ban or regulate the possession of such animals, according to Rep. Chuck McGrady, R-Henderson.

The measure provides exceptions for animal sanctuaries and grandfathers in exotic animals that people may already own.

"There's no expectation there will be any animals put down," McGrady said.

Lawmakers did make one significant last-minute change.

"We have had many calls about the small monkeys and really need to do something about it," Rep. Pat Hurley, R-Randolph, said.

Hurley put forward an amendment that carved out "all species of marmosets, capuchin monkeys, lemurs, and loris," which was added to the bill.

The measure now goes to the Senate for consideration.


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  • Benjamin Wright Apr 30, 2015
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    What happened to personal freedom? Not saying that you should own a lion, just saying you should be allowed to. And heavily penalized when it eats the neighbor.

  • Malakai Bluebone Apr 30, 2015
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    I see nothing in this article bashing gay exotic animals or telling people to use guns against them. Maybe you refer to the small monkey amendment?

  • Carol Smith Apr 30, 2015
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    There are more dangerous people with concealed guns than animals.
    Do our legislators have nothing better to do than bash gays, promote gun use?

  • Terry Watts Apr 30, 2015
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    Lions and tigers and bears! Oh my!

  • Lisa Marie Fields Apr 30, 2015
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    Reading this it looks like someone should have done some proof reading before posting it.

    would include large cats like lions as well as lions
    Read more at http://www.wral.com/house-bill-would-ban-dangerous-animals/14614098/#qsE83pmJiUhVKMbF.99

    "There's no expectation there will be any animals put down," McGrady said.
    Read more at http://www.wral.com/house-bill-would-ban-dangerous-animals/14614098/#qsE83pmJiUhVKMbF.99