TAMS are making it known they’ve busted a pet store for bringing lizards legally in from interstate:
The ACT Government today reminded pet sellers about the legislation surrounding the sale of animals, after a Canberra pet store was issued with a $1,250 infringement notice for being in breach of the Nature Conservation Act 1980 for selling central bearded dragons (Pogona Vitticeps).
“Compliance officers were advised that a local pet store had central bearded dragons available for sale,” Michael Brice, Acting Manager, Licensing and Compliance said.
“Central bearded dragons are a protected native animal under ACT legislation and it is illegal for pet stores in the ACT to sell them.
“The pet store in question imported the lizards from interstate where they are legal to sell, through another store in their franchise.
“The central bearded dragons were seized and the store was issued with an infringement notice for illegally selling a protected native animal and cautioned for importing them into the ACT and keeping them without a license.
“Upon visiting the pet store, our animal licensing officers found that the pet store was also selling Indian ring neck birds, a species for which they did not have a license. The birds can only be sold in the ACT if sellers hold the appropriate licensing to do so. TAMS has since issued a licence to the pet store to sell that species.
“Our licensing officers have worked with the pet store to ensure that all pets sold through the shop are now compliant with the ACT’s legislation.
[Photo via Wikicommons, by Karelj]