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Arizona Avian Alliance, Inc.    

Uniting, Protecting and Serving Our Avian Community    

Legislation

We’re fortunate. We live in a state where we can own exotic birds, sell exotic birds, breed exotic birds. We live in a world that is constantly changing. We need to stay diligent and aware of our changing regulations & legislation.

Many people are unaware but there are several animal rights activist groups that have been slowly pulling at the strings and hearts of our politicians and legislative representatives. Much of their group agendas are unfortunately trying to restrict or take away our rights to own pets, run farms or operate pet businesses. There is a large difference between animal welfare and animal rights, and we want to keep our rights so we can enjoy the animals that we hold so dear to our hearts.

 

 

State Laws in Regards to Birds in Captivity

As a parrot owner, lover, or advocate, it is important that you become familiar with the USFWS Endangered Species Act, the ESA list, and your individual state laws.  State laws and regulations that pertain to parrot ownership, breeding, or captivity in general typically fall under the states Fish and Game Department, and most states automatically adopt the ESA list as their own.  Other times, regulations are put in pleace without public knowledge since regulations are not voted on by our eletced officials. 

Because of this, it is important to keep an eye on your states laws and regulations that pertain to your birds.  It is also very important for you to be aware of laws in other states should you be traveling or moving.  Which means that you cannot possess the birds in that state unless you have a CWB permit.

 

Below is a list of "Safe" and "Unsafe" states where any birds listed on the ESA list are illegal to own, pass through, or travel with.  If it says "take" that means the laws seem to imply that possession is illegal, but does not say so and there is no definition for take. Some states like Maryland define that they will take in to their possession.

 

Unsafe States:

Illinois
New Hampshire

Indiana

Kentucky

Hawaii (take)
Ohio
Maryland
New Jersey (The commissioner shall periodically review the State list of endangered species and may by regulation amend the list making such additions or deletions as are deemed appropriate.)
Oklahoma
North Carolina
Michigan
Kansas
South Carolina
Massachusetts
Delaware
Pennsylvanian

Safe States:

Texas

Utah

Alaska
California
Arizona
Alabama
North Dakota
Wyoming

West Virginia
Florida
Washington
Tennessee
Georgia
Rhode Island
Maine
Nevada
Oregon 

Virginia