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5/22/12: Ohio Gov. John Kasich signed the state's Dangerous Wild Animal Act into law, taking a step forward in protecting exotics and Ohioans from the dangerous and inhumane pet wildlife trade. Thank you to all who signed!
Final signature count: 8,532
Sponsored by: The Animal Rescue Site

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.

Petition Signatures


Jun 6, 2012 Cecilia Banner Exotic animals as pets only leads to heartbreak & tragedy. It is nonsensical that this hasn't yet been banned!
Jun 6, 2012 Mary Krupica
Jun 6, 2012 Audrey Serino please pass the dangerous wild animal act
Jun 6, 2012 E Javinsky
Jun 6, 2012 Jean Silvasy
Jun 6, 2012 sandra hudson-knapp
Jun 6, 2012 Karen Terry
Jun 6, 2012 Holly Gould
Jun 6, 2012 Julie Kramer
Jun 6, 2012 Hilda Lacayo
Jun 6, 2012 Charleen Griffin
Jun 6, 2012 Deb Marcotte God Bless and Good Luck.
Jun 6, 2012 Lauren Dunmire
Jun 6, 2012 Rita K Curtis
Jun 6, 2012 theresa incagnoli
Jun 6, 2012 Lindsey Kalfus
Jun 6, 2012 Carol Zangari
Jun 6, 2012 Terre Tweedie
Jun 6, 2012 Linda Macfarlane
Jun 6, 2012 Louise Coulson
Jun 6, 2012 (Name not displayed)
Jun 6, 2012 Betty Abbott Exotic pets are usually WILD ANIMALS which can be dangeroous to man. They are NOT pets, they are kept animals and should be with those who truly know how to care for them and protect them.
Jun 6, 2012 Karen Kremer
Jun 6, 2012 stacy a
Jun 6, 2012 Diana Brady
Jun 6, 2012 Robin Whitworth
Jun 6, 2012 jennifer vanvactor
Jun 6, 2012 Judith Bailey Please see that those two stipulations are added and this bill becomes law. Thank you for your tireless work in protecting Earth's creatures
Jun 6, 2012 Ayal Armon
Jun 6, 2012 tanya johnson
Jun 6, 2012 jan lawes Thankyou for your commonsense on anyone owning animals that dont belong ever to us....3 cheers Sir..
Jun 6, 2012 Gena Ryan
Jun 6, 2012 Sarah Adey
Jun 6, 2012 Karen Neubauer "The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated... I hold that, the more helpless a creature, the more entitled it is to protection by man from the cruelty of man" MAHATMA GHANDI
Jun 6, 2012 Mary Lotts
Jun 6, 2012 Raluca Keskin
Jun 6, 2012 Katharina Staffler
Jun 6, 2012 Gabriel Hernandez
Jun 6, 2012 shev valdry
Jun 6, 2012 rhonda ford
Jun 6, 2012 Anke Zimmermann
Jun 5, 2012 Ali GLEZ
Jun 5, 2012 Andrea Giolli
Jun 5, 2012 (Name not displayed)
Jun 5, 2012 Merle Levine
Jun 5, 2012 Dawn LaCOSTE
Jun 5, 2012 Kelly Flower
Jun 5, 2012 Ange S
Jun 5, 2012 barbara crandall
Jun 5, 2012 shelby poulton

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