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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

Apr 19, 2014 kathleen bird
Apr 19, 2014 B Galletti
Apr 18, 2014 Judy JOHNSON
Apr 18, 2014 Arden Leslie
Apr 17, 2014 Kristy Elam Lindberg
Apr 17, 2014 Mika Rowan
Apr 17, 2014 Douglas Krueger
Apr 17, 2014 elisa rodriguez
Apr 17, 2014 Stephanie Lloyd
Apr 17, 2014 Kathryn Stiver
Apr 17, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Apr 17, 2014 joyce muentes
Apr 17, 2014 Lesley Blissett
Apr 16, 2014 Jennifer Bliesener
Apr 16, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Apr 16, 2014 Margaret Conti
Apr 16, 2014 Matthias Haess
Apr 16, 2014 Jess Duelfer
Apr 16, 2014 Paula Hays 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.
Apr 16, 2014 Mox Ruge
Apr 16, 2014 Christopher Walker
Apr 16, 2014 Heather Alexander
Apr 16, 2014 Miriam Slater
Apr 16, 2014 lilian cimadoro
Apr 16, 2014 Christine Burkman
Apr 16, 2014 Ola Almazova
Apr 15, 2014 Mariana Caraca
Apr 15, 2014 Sergio Fernandes
Apr 14, 2014 Pilar Sarmiento
Apr 14, 2014 Denise Saccone
Apr 14, 2014 fern Walker
Apr 14, 2014 Cristiane Lazzarini Cortez ʚïɞ ¡¡¡ No podemos exigir q ames a los animales pero si q los respetes ... Amooo ;-) Guauuu !!! ʚïɞ
Apr 14, 2014 Darla Bonjour
Apr 13, 2014 shirley riedhammer
Apr 13, 2014 Christine Pritchard
Apr 12, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Apr 12, 2014 Ashlee Judkins This does need to stop... It's too dangerous for animals and their owners alike...
Apr 12, 2014 Martha Tack
Apr 12, 2014 Jayne Hayes
Apr 12, 2014 Susan Bartasavage
Apr 11, 2014 Melissa Bostic
Apr 11, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Apr 11, 2014 Heather Morava
Apr 11, 2014 Jennifer Reinert
Apr 11, 2014 Eduardo Spangher
Apr 11, 2014 Salwah Koriya
Apr 11, 2014 игорь козлов
Apr 11, 2014 emanuela truzzi
Apr 10, 2014 Lucie Laberge
Apr 10, 2014 Antoinette Freeman

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