I don't know what the outcome of WAHS getting a license was. But I do know it gets complicated trying to register a premises as the address for the dealers license. They couldn't use the Gould league, and it may be difficult to get someone to put their hand up as the dealer if WAHS was to use a private address. I looked into it briefly if I were to get my own and the hoops you have to jump through are a bit annoying. Namely listing your residence as a place of business. Once you do this it affects your insurance policies and it seems hard to get council approval.
If you had the money to challenge it in court I doubt the dealers license would hold up. For one it breaks the fair trade act of being able to get reasonable return for your products. You should be able to buy a python and sell it for the same price. But you cant because of the dealers fee. I can't think of another situation where you have to sell through a dealer. Native bird keepers don’t do it, you can sell cars, dogs, cats, chickens, houses without having to go through a dealer. Really there should be free transfer forms available from DEC to allow private keepers to transfer animals. Not sell, but transfer for free (if you get cash then so be it). I'll never get my head around why they want to restrict captive breeding and transfer of animals in the hobby. The other states have licensed reptiles and have no problem tracking stock by keepers putting other keepers license numbers on their returns when they transfer stock. Exactly as we do with a dealers license number... Also there are not enough licensed dealers to cater for the 4,500 licensed keepers that M.S mentioned there are the other day... As it stands Pet City charge you $25 to take the animal, then $25 to give the animal. So $50 per animal transferred from one person to another. I think Steve at Tropical has stopped his dealers license? I think he was more reasonable.
I guess if you are to keep the dealers they should at least abolish having to get council permission for your dealers license. If you had one you'd be smarter to deliver animals to the persons door. So they don’t end up robbing you. Also I believe its a license condition to take animals to the person? Or maybe people selling a litter of kittens or puppies should have to get a dealers license to sell them from home?