The University of Florida’s facility for raising livestock, known as the UFA, has had its fair share of controversy. Florida has been a leading state in adopting regulations that protect our wild animals. There have been battles over the definition of native species and whether or not they should be protected under the law.
The UFA was created in 1966 by the state to help breeders keep livestock in Florida. At the time, Florida was one of the first states to prohibit the practice of raising livestock for commercial purposes. Today, there are still a few state employees who work at the UFA to oversee the classification and listing of animals kept by Florida ranchers and growers. The UFA was created to serve as a clearinghouse for locating dependable breeders and suppliers of Florida livestock. It was meant to act as a way to ensure that all Florida ranchers and farmers were properly registering and offer legitimate services relating to animal husbandry, breeding, and raising of Florida livestock.
Today, the UFA manages and classifies animals kept and owned by Florida ranchers and farmers. This is important because, when it comes down to it, the definition of what an animal is means something completely different from the legal definition. Even within the borders of the state, there are several different classifications for the same animal and some counties may have more than one.
There are a number of classifications for Florida cervids, birds, mammals, and reptiles. Each classification can also have subcategories that include aquatic, plant-eating amphibians, mammals, and reptiles. The list of classifications and subcategories associated with the UFA also includes the property where the animals were raised and the procedures used to care for them. For example, while the typical property used to house cervids would be considered domestic, others may be considered exotic. Many exotic animals are considered agricultural livestock as well.
The UFA defines an endangered or protected species as any vertebrate having unique biological characteristics which might soon be lost due to the effects of humans or the depletion of the local population. The UFA also has a few other requirements that must be met before an animal can be listed as an endangered species. These requirements often include protection from man-made predators, protection from environmental hazards, and protection from diseases. These conditions must be met even if a species is not yet considered endangered in the area in which it is raised. An example of a species considered endangered species in Florida would be the Florida Black Boar.
One interesting part of the definition of the UFA is that it refers to a “unaided” hunting or fishing license. Many people have interpreted this as meaning that you can hunt and fish on your own without using a license. This is not the case, however. The UFA specifically refers to “unlicensed possession”. While this is not exactly a “class” of an animal, it is still a violation of the law to hunt and fish on your own without a proper license.
While hunting and fishing are generally illegal in most areas, not all states have made this illegal, and some states have allowed their state wildlife management agencies to regulate it. For example, in Florida, all fish and shellfish caught and processed must be tags or equipped with microchips. These tags give the owner of the catch permanent identification, allowing enforcement of the law to quickly trace it. However, even in states that allow private possession of UFA, it is illegal to remove the tags or implant microchips in the fish. Therefore, a hunter caught in the act of illegally removing an animal without a tag or implant will be charged with a felony, and the tag or implant may be confiscated by the state.
Because the UFA has been implemented as a conservation effort, only certain species have been added to it since it was enacted. Those animals which are protected by federal law and whose populations are at risk of extinction are not included. Many people believe that this is unfair, because no one likes to think of animals going extinct. There are, however, other legal reasons why an animal cannot be added to UFA, such as when the UFA was put into effect to help save species like the American Bison. This is also considered illegal poaching of a protected animal.