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Session of 2017 - 2018 Regular Session


Posted: March 24, 2017 12:06 PM
From: Representative David H. Zimmerman
To: All House members
Subject: Hedgehogs and Gliders - Ownership or Possession of “Pocket Pets”
In the near future, I will introduce legislation which would allow for the ownership or possession of certain “pocket pets,” namely hedgehogs and sugar gliders, to be kept as pets in Pennsylvania.

Currently in Pennsylvania, hedgehogs and gliders are not listed as exempt exotic animals in statute and may therefore be banned by the Game Commission under their legal authority. The reasoning for such a disallowance by the Commission is that they’re not native to Pennsylvania and could compete for food or cover if they were to be released or escape into the wild. Be that as it may, almost every other state in the nation allows these harmless tiny creatures to be kept as pets similar to a gerbil, hamster, etc. I believe that it is time to end this unnecessary prohibition.

Please join me in sponsoring this piece of legislation.

Thank you for your consideration.

Introduced as HB1273