The areas highlighted below are those which are of most concern:
(1) Any person possessing live wildlife
in Class 1 shall, during normal business hours and at all reasonable
without the necessity of a search warrant, allow the executive director
or any officer
or employee of the agency to inspect all animals, facilities and records
relating to such animals for the purpose of ensuring compliance with the
provisions of this part. A
executive or a county
executive's designee may accompany the executive
director or any officer or
employee of the agency during such inspections.
(b) Local emergency
management agencies created pursuant to title 58, chapter
1 shall notify the owner of a
where Class 1 wildlife is kept of impending weather emergencies, of
agencies receive notice in the course of executing their ordinary
Upon receipt of such notice, the owner of a facility where Class 1
kept shall have a reasonable time to properly secure all Class 1
the facility to lessen the likelihood of escape.
Section 2. Tennessee Coded Annotated,
70-4-405(g), is amended by adding the following language at the end of
Any owner of a facility where Class 1 wildlife are kept who
receives notice of an impending weather emergency from a county
management agency pursuant to 70-4-409 shall place. Or cause to be
Class 1 wildlife in their den, nest box or other connected housing unit
shall close off and lock such housing until the weather emergency or
threat of such emergency has ended.
would apply to all zoo or institutions that hold class 1 wildlife.
If a storm goes through at 12 noon or midnight and a storm warning is
even if it is not directly affecting the facility all class 1 would have
brought off exhibit and locked in dens, etc.
or designee" would leave the door open to anyone from animal rights
someone with a personal grudge.