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Sponsored by: The Animal Rescue Site

In Ohio, a ban on ownership of exotic animals such as tigers, primates, and large snakes has expired. This means that rare animal collectors are once again allowed to procure wild, exotic animals.

The ban was necessary. In late 2010, a man was mauled to death while attempting to feed one of his black bears. The tragic event underscores the need for stricter animal regulations.

Most people who purchase exotic animals for private use are not properly trained to handle the animals, and therefore put themselves, the people around them, and the animals in grave danger. Wild animals are unpredictable and should only be allowed to interact with highly-trained individuals.

Sign the petition telling Ohio lawmakers to reinstate the exotic animal ban and to crack down on individuals who are not properly trained to own them.

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Dear Ohio legislators:

I am writing to ask that you reinstate the ban on private ownership of exotic animals. It's simply unsafe for untrained individuals to own and handle wild animals like tigers or bears.

In August 2010 a young man was mauled to death by a bear he was attempting to feed. The man and the bear were very well-acquainted as the man handled the bear daily. No matter how familiar a person is with a wild animal such as a bear, the possibility remains that the animal can turn at any second. That was unfortunately what happened to the young man.

Attacks like the one in August 2010 are 100% preventable. All that needs to happen is the passing of legislation that doesn't allow private citizens to obtain exotic animals without proper training and permits.

Please advocate for safety and implement a ban on private ownership of exotic animals.

Thank you for your time.

Petition Signatures


May 22, 2015 Kayla Morris
May 22, 2015 donna bakun
May 22, 2015 Ann Braselton
May 22, 2015 Angel Orona
May 22, 2015 TAMARA BRAGG
May 22, 2015 Mary Duquette
May 22, 2015 Jo-ann Tellado
May 21, 2015 Hazel johnson
May 20, 2015 Sylvia Bowman
May 20, 2015 Rebecca Durrans
May 20, 2015 Marianna Benashvili
May 20, 2015 Susan Johnson
May 19, 2015 Kaye Mccall
May 19, 2015 David Sickles
May 18, 2015 Julie Briggs
May 18, 2015 April Biggs
May 18, 2015 Lucas de Arruda
May 18, 2015 Kimberly Bouchard-Shapiro Leave them in the wild where they belong!!
May 18, 2015 Judy Collins
May 17, 2015 Janine Sanders
May 16, 2015 Lotus Boss
May 16, 2015 SUSAN HALL
May 16, 2015 (Name not displayed)
May 16, 2015 Michele Chavez
May 16, 2015 Lynne Everett
May 16, 2015 Petra Klander
May 16, 2015 eva adorjan
May 16, 2015 (Name not displayed) Why don't people just leave wild animals where they belong in the wild
May 15, 2015 Gloria Paddock All wild animals should be free in their own environment, not in a motel room. Some people are sadly lacking in brains.
May 15, 2015 Kathy Taylor
May 15, 2015 Gicelle Faggion Vamos salvar os animais .
May 15, 2015 jillian De Jesus
May 15, 2015 Ann Felicetti
May 15, 2015 Carol Nicholson
May 15, 2015 Jessica Rambo
May 15, 2015 j eden
May 15, 2015 (Name not displayed)
May 15, 2015 valerie weidman
May 15, 2015 maria Wood Please ban all exotic animals as pets! Everywhere
May 15, 2015 Michele Kornacki
May 15, 2015 Kay Walter Please reinstate the ban on private ownership of exotic animals
May 15, 2015 Susan Knapp
May 15, 2015 Ellen Gauba
May 15, 2015 Johnna scheffer
May 15, 2015 (Name not displayed)
May 15, 2015 (Name not displayed)
May 15, 2015 Renata L. Giesler
May 15, 2015 pearl wheeler
May 15, 2015 (Name not displayed)
May 15, 2015 Scherry Duncan

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