Daytona (2003)- Another point of view - by Karl Betz
Well, the first ever Daytona venomous show has come and gone. Following the internet posts, I would say that the reviews have been mixed. A lot of people seemed put off by a number of things that I will attempt to address here.
The applicable Florida Statutes:
372.86 Possessing, exhibiting poisonous or venomous reptile; license required. - - No person, firm, or corporation shall keep, possess, or exhibit any poisonous or venomous reptile without first having obtained a special permit or license therefor from the Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission as herein provided.
372.87 License fee; renewal, revocation. - - The Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission is hereby authorized and empowered to issue a license or permit for the keeping, possessing, or exhibiting of poisonous or venomous reptiles, upon payment of an annual fee of $5 [raised to $100 as of 01 July 2003 - KHB] and upon assurance that all of the provisions of ss. 372.86 - 372.91 and such other reasonable rules and regulations as said commission may prescribe will be fully complied with in all respects. Such permit may be revoked by the Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission upon violation of any of the provisions of ss. 372.86 - 372.91 or upon violation of any of the rules and regulations prescribed by said commission relating to the keeping, possessing, and exhibiting of any poisonous and venomous reptiles. Such permits or licenses shall be for an annual period to be prescribed by the said commission and shall be renewable from year to year upon the payment of said $5 fee [raised to $100 as of 01 July 2003 - KHB] and shall be subject to the same conditions, limitations, and restrictions as herein set forth.
372.88 Bond required, amount. - - No person, party, firm, or corporation shall exhibit to the public either with or without charge, or admission fee any poisonous or venomous reptile without having first posted a good and sufficient bond in writing in the penal sum of $1,000 payable to the Governor of the state, and the Governor's successors in office, conditioned that such exhibitor will indemnify and save harmless all persons from injury or damage from such poisonous or venomous reptiles so exhibited and shall fully comply with all laws of the state and all rules and regulations of the Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission governing the keeping, possessing, or exhibiting of poisonous or venomous reptiles; provided, however, that the aggregate liability of the surety for all such injuries or damages shall, in no event, exceed the penal sum of said bond. The surety for said bond must be a surety company authorized to do business under the laws of the state or in lieu of such a surety, cash in the sum of $1,000 may be posted with the said commission to ensure compliance with the conditions of said bond.
372.89 Safe housing required. - - All persons, firms, or corporations licensed under this law to keep, possess, or exhibit poisonous or venomous reptiles shall provide safe, secure, and proper housing for said reptiles in cases, cages, pits, or enclosures. It shall be unlawful for any person, firm, or corporation, whether licensed hereunder or not, to keep, possess, or exhibit any poisonous or venomous reptiles in any manner not approved as safe, secure, and proper by the Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission.
372.90 Transportation.- - Poisonous or venomous reptiles may be transported only in the following fashion: The reptile, or reptiles shall be placed in a stout closely woven cloth sack, tied or otherwise secured. This sack shall then be placed in a box. The box shall be of strong material in solid sheets, except for small air holes, which holes shall be screened. Boxes containing poisonous or venomous snakes or other reptiles shall be prominently labeled "Danger - - Poisonous Snakes" or "Danger - - Poisonous Reptiles."
372.91 Who may open cages, pits, or other containers housing poisonous or venomous reptiles. - - No person except the licensee or her or his authorized employee shall open any cage, pit, or other container which contains poisonous or venomous reptiles.
372.92 Rules and regulations. - - The Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission may prescribe such other rules and regulations as it may deem necessary to prevent the escape of poisonous and venomous reptiles, either in connection of construction of such cages or otherwise to carry out the intent of ss. 372.86 - 372.91.
*Please note that the wording of these statutes
allows the F&WCC to determine what constitutes safe caging. Everyone
should ensure that they are within the intent of these regulations by
submitting photographs/drawings/plans of their caging to the F&WCC
for approval BEFORE coming to the show. A request for written approval
of transportation caging may seem like overkill but that written approval
could go a long way toward eliminating some of the problems vendors faced
at the show. KHB