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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


Jul 25, 2014 Jacqueline Okuhara
Jul 25, 2014 Carla Morin
Jul 25, 2014 Pat Tierney
Jul 25, 2014 Lisa Welchel
Jul 25, 2014 Mafalda Cordeiro de Miranda
Jul 25, 2014 j lewthwaite
Jul 25, 2014 Brock Schwartz
Jul 25, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Jul 25, 2014 Vanesa Deja Wildlife belongs in the wild!!!
Jul 25, 2014 Nicolina Sposaro
Jul 25, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Jul 25, 2014 Tammy Metz
Jul 25, 2014 Heather Voss
Jul 24, 2014 Holly Martinell
Jul 24, 2014 Cindy Lynch
Jul 24, 2014 April Lerche
Jul 24, 2014 carine verfaillie
Jul 24, 2014 Astrid Brown
Jul 24, 2014 Claudia Hall “IF YOU HAVE MEN WHO WILL EXCLUDE ANY OF GOD’S CREATURES FROM THE SHELTER OF COMPASSION & PITY, YOU WILL HAVE MEN WHO WILL DEAL LIKEWISE WITH THEIR FELLOW MEN.” ST. FRANCIS OF ASSISI
Jul 23, 2014 Laura Horning
Jul 23, 2014 rob Jansen
Jul 22, 2014 Lisa Reynolds
Jul 21, 2014 Laura Krause
Jul 21, 2014 Mia Dravis
Jul 21, 2014 Fernanda haberman
Jul 21, 2014 Chiara Lo Giudice
Jul 21, 2014 Alina Chechik
Jul 21, 2014 Franck Gauthier
Jul 21, 2014 Teresa Tyler
Jul 21, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Jul 21, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Jul 21, 2014 Macyle Candela
Jul 21, 2014 danielle eveillard Logical
Jul 21, 2014 Elizabeth Quackenbush
Jul 20, 2014 Huney Goh
Jul 20, 2014 Lucia Vertkin
Jul 20, 2014 Avani x
Jul 19, 2014 Ellen Gurtner
Jul 19, 2014 Terry Huffman
Jul 19, 2014 Shelli Piva
Jul 19, 2014 Jan Sorensen
Jul 18, 2014 Renata Allocco
Jul 18, 2014 Jamie Trask
Jul 17, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Jul 17, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Jul 17, 2014 Rebecca Saunders This is crucial to save our wild animals.
Jul 17, 2014 daphne joseph
Jul 17, 2014 Debi Allen
Jul 17, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Jul 17, 2014 David French

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