Posted by: jax | 2007/02/21

Wild animals and birds as pets

Hi CV,

This seems to be coming up quite often. This is the Gauteng legislation - the other provinces have very similar policies.
Anyone who is interested in seeing the whole policy can find it on the Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Environment's website at www (dot)
gdace (.) gpg (.) gov (.)za /html/GAUNATCONORD_1983.doc

Basically though, it says that any animal, bird or reptile that is indigenous may not be kept, transported or hunted, unless otherwise specified, or the relevant permit has been obtained.

Hunting is limited to a list of birds and animals, excluding both mynahs and pigeons - so if you allow your kid to shoot a bird with his pellet gun, EVEN if it is a mynah, you can be fully prosecuted.

Hedgehogs and bullfrogs are specifically noted as a protected species. Meerkats currently fall under the section 5 catch-all that says no wild animal may be kept. Section 5 also specifies 'all birds and reptiles'.

Something I didn't know though, is that in Gauteng, it is legal for some sparrows, weavers, mousebirds and doves to be kept without a permit - my apologies to the lady from last week who asked about mousebirds.

Hope this helps. If in doubt, phone either the dept of Nature Conservation in your province, or Free Me on (011) 807-6993.


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Thanks very much for informing us! That is all very interesting and obviously the list members should check thier own Provinces legislation fos specifics. Thanks again.

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