LEGISLATURE


ADJOURNED


Rhode Island Legislature

           82 Smith Street

           Providence, RI 02903


Sessions: 1 Year


Convenes: Jan (1st Tue)


Adjourns: No set date


Bill Search


Bills


Legislators


Representatives

Senators

Who Represents Me?


Find Your Legislators


How A Bill Becomes A Law


Legislative Process


Bill Signing Deadlines


During Session: 6 days except Sun
After Session: 10 days after adj  
Pocket Veto: No
Rhode Island Constitution Art IX Sec 14


Bill Effective Date


Passed On/Before July 1: July 1
Passed After July 1: Date of Passage
RI General Laws Tit 43 Ch 3 Sec 25

RHODE ISLAND

MAIN LAW


Exotic wild animals: Exotic Animal Possession Permit required for possession and importation of species not on the exempt list, which is issued to USDA and AZA zoos and research facilities, exhibitors and private persons (pets).  Breeding must be approved by the Department.  (2010)



EXOTIC ANIMALS


BANS the use of a bullhook, ankus, baseball bat, axe handle, pitchfork, or similar device to train or control elephants or to allow an employee, agent or contractor to do same. (H 8197, 7/20/2016 - Effective 1/2017) 


NATIVE SPECIES


Native Wildlife and target species: BANS import and possession and issues permits for USDA, state licensed, and AZA zoos and research institutions. A certificate of veterinary inspection is required 30 days prior to importation.  Breeding must be approved by the Department, and a permit must be applied for 2 weeks before the birth of any offspring.
 
A Commercial Game Propagation License is required to sell wild birds, game quadrupeds, or domestic game (Rhode Island Gen Laws 20-17-1, 20-17-2, 20-2-29).  Turtles sold must be free from Salmonellosis (Rhode Island Gen Laws 4-4-27).  Endangered species are only for research or educational display by a legitimate college or university. (Rhode Island Gen Laws 20-20-37)


SPECIAL PERMITS


  • Ferret Permit Application - within 2 weeks for personal possession or before possession for distribution purposes, and must accompany all sales. All ferrets must be vaccinated against rabies by 3 months. (Rhode Island Gen Laws 20-16-3)



  • Falconry - NEW: Falconers are now exempt from the wildlife laws.



IMPORT


Import permit is needed for primates, carnivores, amphibia, reptilia, canidae, and insecta except for AZA facilities and short term exhibitions, and importation as pets is legal under special permit if a written affidavit or declaration under penalty of perjury is completed.  There are special rules for primates and carnivores. 

(Rhode Island Gen Laws 4-18; 20-17-9)

STATE AGENCY


Department of Environmental Management


Meetings

Proposed Rules

DIVISIONS


Exotic Animals:

          Division of Agriculture
       235 Promenade St.

       Providence, RI 02908-5767     
       (401) 222-2781

Native Species:

      Division of Fish and Wildlife
      3 Fort Wetherill Rd

      Jamestown, RI 02835           
      (401) 423-1920  or 789-3094

PERMITS

Permits