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In October 2011, an Ohio man released his personal collection of exotic animals he'd been caring for from his home into the wild. He then committed suicide. Bears, lions, and tigers fled their enclosures and authorities were left with few options but to shoot and kill the animals. This tragic loss of both human and animal life highlighted the need for stricter legislation when it comes to the ownership of exotic pets.
S.B. 310, or the Dangerous Wild Animal Act, aims to prohibit private ownership of exotic animals in Ohio. The bill is a good start, but it makes allowances for private citizens who are associated with the Zoological Association of America as well as for the ownership of some constrictor snakes.
If this bill is going to be successful, we need to strengthen it to include all kinds of exotic animals, and ALL private individuals.
Sign in favor of keeping both humans and animals safe.
Dear Senator Troy Balderson:
I applaud your efforts to restrict private citizens from owning exotic pets in light of the recent Ohio tragedy in which a man released his private collection of exotic animals and then committed suicide.
The fact is, large, exotic animals don't belong is highly populated areas. Not only does private ownership put the animals at risk of improper care and treatment, it also endangers surrounding neighbors as well as law enforcement who doesn't possess the proper training to handle such animals.
Your bill, S.B. 310, or the Dangerous Wild Animal Act, aims to prohibit private ownership of exotic animals in Ohio. But its language needs to be strengthened to include private citizens belonging to the Zoological Association of America as well as the ownership of some constrictor snakes.
Please see that those two stipulations are added and this bill becomes law. Thank you for your tireless work in protecting Earth's creatures.