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Hedgehog Permit For Ownership in California

Is it possible to get a permit for owning a hedgehog in California or other states where it’s illegal?

By Jill Warnick
Posted: May 13, 2009, 5 a.m. EDT

Q: I want to get a hedgehog for two reasons: because I want one badly, and also to show it to children at an elementary school where I volunteer. I live in California, where it is illegal to own a hedgehog. I’ve heard that it’s possible to own one with a permit, but I don’t know how to get a permit. Do you know where I can get a permit to own a hedgehog legally?

A: It is legal to own a hedgehog in all but a handful of states and some cities. Unfortunately, California is one of those states where it is illegal to own a hedgehog.

As I understand it, a permit for a hedgehog might be issued in California for educational purposes, but it is seldom handed out. If you still want to pursue a permit, call the California Department of Fish and Game. They have all the applications and can tell you what’s involved. 

If you do not live in California and want to know if it’s legal to own a hedgehog in your state, here is a list of states and counties where it is illegal to own a hedgehog: California, Georgia, Hawaii, Nebraska, New York City and Fairfax County, Virginia.  A permit is required to own a hedgehog in these states: Arizona, Maine, New Jersey, Wyoming, Wisconsin, and Pennsylvania.

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I think it should be legal to own a hedgehog in California
Gabriel, Benicia, CA
Posted: 2/15/2014 10:43:46 AM
Do you know how inbred these exotic pets may be if they are being bred here in the USA?
I mean, it's not like they could just go outside and trap a new animal to introduce new genes to the breeding pool. ARE they breeding responsibly by breeding away from the same genes to create healthy animals?

Exotic animals carry zoonotic diseases that we do NOT have vaccinations for. Do you ever wonder WHY we vaccinate dogs and cats?
Do you know how long it would take the CDC to determine what disease you got from your exotic pet if your doctor has no idea what you have or tracing WHERE your exotic pet got it from and HOW it got it?

Do YOU understand or know WHY there are animal rescues? Because there are people like YOU who want what you want, and then discard it when YOU don't want it anymore. You know what the sad thing is? YOU WON'T BE THE FIRST AND YOU WON'T BE THE LAST TO DO THAT TO THE ANIMALS.
Animal rescues try to step in as much as they can to save the lives of these discarded pets but, do YOU know that they are NOT funded by the government? That they rely heavily upon their own resources and charity?

It's not like we DON'T already have an overpopulation of domesticated animals being euthanized by the thousands everyday.
Now, we're gonna add more animal species that the majority of the population don't know how to care for and expect the government to do something about the overpopulation of these exotic animals that SHOULDN'T have been here in the first place?

I stand by California for banning the majority of exotic animals sold as pets. I stand by their decision to NOT participate in the black market trading of exotic animals. I stand by their decision to NOT support the animal smugglers that harvest and trap animals to be smuggled to the USA. I stand by their decision to NOT contribute to the extinction of a species in its own native habitat.

How many times have we seen news headlines of suitcases filled with dead, exotic animals discovered at airports before you realize HOW your exotic pet was transported here and the conditions they endured?

I know that not ALL pet owners are irresponsible but, those that ARE irresponsible are the majority of the population. Unfortunately, those that are responsible pet owners are in the minority.
Shena, Los Angeles, CA
Posted: 1/16/2014 11:10:43 AM
Ignorant people. It's always about what YOU WANT, WANT, WANT, WANT!
No thoughts or care about the animals themselves.
YOU are the reasons exotic animals are becoming extinct and decimated in their native habitats because they've been incessantly harvested to supply YOUR demands for an animal that you most likely DON'T even know how to take care of.

Don't even make the argument about the animals being bred in the USA and not captured in their native habitats and shipped here. Do you know the living conditions of the mom? Do you know how often she is bred to produce babies to supply the demands of people like you? What if she is bred incessantly and not even living in proper conditions? Do you even CARE about the mom/dad or are you happy as long as YOU got the baby that YOU want?
Shena, Los Angeles, CA
Posted: 1/16/2014 11:10:07 AM
I think hedgehog's should be legal to all the states and countries but why are the hedgehog's illegal?
janice, santa ana, CA
Posted: 12/21/2013 10:49:30 AM
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