United States Association of Reptile Keepers, Florida

FWC Hearing on Injuries and Escapes Rule

  • Friday, November 04, 2022
  • 10:00 AM
  • FWC Bryant Building, 620 South Meridian Street, Tallahassee

Friday November 4, 2022, from 10am EST with an end time of no later than 5pm. Location: FWC Bryant Building, 620 South Meridian Street, Tallahassee

The Commission is considering proposed amendments to rules 68A-6.001, 68A-6.009, and 68A-6.018, Florida Administrative Code (F.A.C.), concerning the relevant part of reporting of injuries and escapes involving captive wildlife.


At the July FWC meeting, FWC staff made the pitch that the primary reason for the rule was "data collection."

In his presentation, Major Grant Burton said that injuries were being underreported. Later, Chairman Barreto, who was not present for the presentation, asked Burton how many injuries were reported. Burton conferred with staff and came back with the total of 19. Barreto dismissed that number of injuries as being "no big deal" in minimizing the impacts of the rule, but in doing so undercut Burton's point that injuries are being underreported. 

This rule compels citizens to report injuries of themselves to the government, thus seemingly violating the right to privacy found in the 14th Amendment. 

The 5th Amendment concerns about self incrimination were dismissed by FWC staff, because according to them not ALL injuries or escapes will be violations.

FWC has not addressed concerns that this rule places at risk license holders who host volunteers. Hours of experience are requirements for several licenses issued by FWC. These hours are usually acquired volunteering or working for a license holder.

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