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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

Mar 21, 2017 Melinda Parry
Mar 21, 2017 Dionne Toye
Mar 21, 2017 Leilani Swafford
Mar 20, 2017 Adele Roberts
Mar 20, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Mar 20, 2017 Michele Manuel
Mar 20, 2017 Jennifer Lindridge
Mar 20, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Mar 19, 2017 jude lotz
Mar 19, 2017 Lulu LaRocca
Mar 18, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Mar 18, 2017 Kirk Rhoads
Mar 18, 2017 Andreas Sachs
Mar 18, 2017 Mary Sullins
Mar 17, 2017 may jones exotic animals as pets must be banned
Mar 17, 2017 Margaret Brown
Mar 17, 2017 Katie Sceats
Mar 16, 2017 tammy oare
Mar 16, 2017 Donna Trueblood
Mar 15, 2017 Jessica Ryder
Mar 15, 2017 jewell batway
Mar 15, 2017 leigh barry
Mar 15, 2017 Carolyn Walters
Mar 15, 2017 Monica Ciapini
Mar 15, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Mar 15, 2017 Penny Barrowman No animal should suffer because of a human's stupidity. This keeping of exotic pets is totally wrong for both animal and human. Ban persons from containing exotic animals for private use altogether
Mar 14, 2017 Barb Breese
Mar 14, 2017 Cheryl Boyce
Mar 14, 2017 Holly Davison
Mar 14, 2017 Jane Simmons These magnificent animals should not ne kept as pets, they should be able to live their lives in natural surroundings with highly-trained individuals who know how to care for these beautiful animals.
Mar 13, 2017 Beatriz Zebadua Ohio lawmakers, reinstate the exotic animal ban and to crack down on individuals who are not properly trained to own them.
Mar 13, 2017 claudia Barra
Mar 12, 2017 Carl Hoffmeister
Mar 12, 2017 Kelly Timon
Mar 12, 2017 JoAnn Lopez
Mar 12, 2017 Nelson Molina
Mar 12, 2017 Jordi Malgà
Mar 12, 2017 Janice Banks
Mar 11, 2017 Bambi Magie
Mar 11, 2017 Joan Yanicke
Mar 11, 2017 Sue Wood
Mar 11, 2017 Donna Morgan
Mar 11, 2017 Joe Trock
Mar 11, 2017 Ivan Guagnelli
Mar 11, 2017 Peter Roach
Mar 10, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Mar 10, 2017 Mercedes Montes
Mar 10, 2017 Kristine Richter
Mar 10, 2017 Shannon Niles

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