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Great Apes and the Law: A complete resource for the legal status of the Great Apes within the United States
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Arkansas: Great Ape Regulations

Material Name Citation Summary
AR - Endangered Species - 002.00.1-05.27. Endangered Species Protected   Ark. Admin. Code 002.00.1-05.27   This Arkansas regulation states that it is illegal to import, transport, sell, purchase, take or possess any endangered species of wildlife or parts thereof except as provided.  
AR - Game and Fish - Title 002. Game and Fish Commission. Division 00.   Ark. Admin. Code 002.00.1-01.00-B, C, H   The first regulation provides the definitions for purposes of the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission Code of Regulations. Also provided are regulations concerning the duties and authorities of wildlife officers and penalties for violations of the chapter.  
AR - Health - 125.00.12. Arkansas Health Requirements Governing the Entry of Livestock, Poultry, and Exotic Animals   Ark. Admin. Code 125.00.12   Under Section 125.00.12, it is illegal to import any animal that is affected with, or has been recently exposed to, any infectious or communicable disease. An entry permit from the Livestock and Poultry Commission and certificate of veterinary health is required to import all zoo, wild, and/or exotic animals. Prior to entry the agency requires certain disease tests appropriate to the species at issue.  
AR - Wildlife, captive - Chapter 09.00. Captive Wildlife/Hunting Resort Regulations   Ark. Admin. Code 002.00.1-09.01 - 16   These Arkansas regulations provide the rules for possession of captive wildlife. It is unlawful to possess, hold captive, confine or enclose any live wildlife, whether native or non-native, migratory or imported, unless otherwise specified in the chapter. Exceptions include members of American Zoo and Aquarium Association, bona fide scientific research that significantly benefits wildlife (with a permit), USDA licensed AWA exhibitors, and others. The regulations also state that "[i]t is unlawful to keep non-native wildlife under inhumane or unhealthy conditions." The release and hunting of captive wildlife is also prohibited, subject to certain exceptions.  

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