Driven Bats

If, in a moment of entrepreneurial fervor, you are even considering the idea of starting a business that involves the transportation of bats, you might just make yourself aware of Subpart J of 57 Federal Regulations 27108, which sets Standards for the Humane and Healthful Transport of Wild Mammals and Birds to the United States. The regulations, the follow-up to a lawsuit that was brought against the U.S. Interior Dept. for its failure to regulate bat traffic, were promulgated on June 17, 1992. These rules have drawn some high-pitched shrieks from the reinventing-government types in the White House.

"(b) No more than one sloth, bat, or flying lemur (Cynocephalidae) shall be transported in a primary enclosure. However, a mother and her nursing young being transported for medical reasons, an established male-female pair, a family group, a pair of juvenile animals that have not reached puberty, or other small groups of animals that have been habitually housed together may be shipped in the same primary enclosure.

(c) A primary enclosure used to transport sloths, bats, or flying lemurs shall be large enough to ensure that each animal has sufficient space to move freely and in a normal manner and shall have a wide perch, bar, or mesh of suitable strength fitted under the top of the enclosure and spaced from it in such a way that the animals may hang from it freely in a natural position."

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