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Circus, rodeo, racing and menagerie animals

Note: Local jurisdictions may have requirements beyond the state requirements listed here.

Animals from within Wisconsin must meet vaccination and testing requirements for their species. See these requirements earlier in this document.

Animals from outside Wisconsin need certificates of veterinary inspection and vaccinations and tests required for their species. See these requirements earlier in this document.

They also need import permit numbers if they are:

  • Circuses and individual circus acts
  • Rodeo stock other than individual participants’ horsesCircus, rodeo, racing and menagerie animals (cont.)
  • Multi-species menageries (defined as any animals kept in a collection primarily for purposes of exhibition or competition)
  • Petting zoos

They do not need import permit numbers if they are:

  • Rodeo horses owned by individual participants
  • Single-species groups

Note: Some animals may not be brought to Wisconsin. These are North American prairie dogs and the following African species: tree squirrels, rope squirrels, dormice, Gambian giant pouched rats, brush-tailed porcupines and striped mice. Others may require permits from the Department of Natural Resources. See http://dnr.wi.gov/org/land/wildlife/captive/captive.htm.

For information on obtaining an import permit:

Requirements are subject to change as conditions warrant. For current information, check https://datcp.wi.gov/Pages/Programs_Services/CircusesRodeosMenageries.aspx.

Guidelines for housing and managing animals

The State Veterinarian recommends that exhibitors:

  • Vaccinate breeding cattle against bovine viral diarrhea (BVD) at least 30 days before the event
  • Test cattle for BVD-PI by immunoperoxidase test, and bring them to shows only if they test negative
  • Test cattle for Johne’s disease by ELISA test, and bring them to shows only if they test negative
  • Clean and disinfect vehicles used to transport animals to and from the show, and vehicles used at the show, before and after the show
  • Isolate exhibited animals returning to their farms or animals purchased at the show for 21 days before mingling them with other stock

The State Veterinarian recommends that show organizers:

  • House cattle separately from South American camelids and other exotic ruminants
  • House cattle separately from small ruminants, especially sheep
  • House ostriches, emus, rheas and cassowaries separately from domestic poultry
  • House swine separately from any other mammals
  • Include a space for the premises registration code on livestock entry forms
  • Provide hand-washing stations near all livestock facilities
  • Provide individual watering and feeding troughs rather than common ones

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