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Wednesday, September 26, 2007

Guilty or Not

An Illinois man is facing charges for selling a baby red-eared slider to an undercover DNR officer two years ago. The man sold it an a reptile expo he had organized, and believed that because he was a hobbyist, the FDA regulations didn't apply. (News source.)

Now, technically, the official exception to the FDA ruling is:

"The sale, holding for sale, and distribution of live turtles and viable turtle eggs not in connection with a business." (Code of Federal Regulations, Title 21, Volume 8, Sec. 1240.62)

So, I suppose it now depends on the court's definition of "business."

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