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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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Delaware Great Ape Laws

Statute Name Citation Summary
DE - Cruelty - Consolidated Cruelty Statutes   DE ST TI 11 1325 - 1327; DE ST TI 3 7901 - 8007; DE ST TI 11 775 (formerly DE ST TI 11 777)   These Delaware sections comprise the state's anti-cruelty and animal fighting provisions.  Delaware's anti-cruelty section provides that cruelty to animals is when a person intentionally or recklessly subjects any animal (excluding fish, crustacea or molluska) to cruel mistreatment, cruel neglect, or kills or injures any animal belonging to another person.  Actively engaging in animal fighting activities is a class F felony while being a spectator at a fight is a class A misdemeanor.  
DE - Endangered Species - CHAPTER 6. ENDANGERED SPECIES   DE ST TI 7 601 - 605   Delaware prohibits the importation, transportation, possession, or sale of any part, hide or an endangered species of fish or wildlife. Delaware also prohibits the intent to import, transport, or sell any part or hide of an endangered species. The only lawful way to take an endangered species is by a license or permit from the Division of Fish and Wildlife and violation of this statute is a class A environmental misdemeanor.  
DE - Exotic Pets - CHAPTER 72. POSSESSION OF MAMMALS OR REPTILES EXOTIC TO DELAWARE   DE ST TI 3 7201 - 7203   This Delaware law requires a permit to possess, sell, or import any non-native wild animal. No such permits will be granted for non-native venomous snakes.  

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