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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

Oct 1, 2016 Luette Guilmette
Sep 29, 2016 Alisha Allen
Sep 29, 2016 Josie Tuthill This awful barbaric animal cruelty needs to be put an end to immediately
Sep 28, 2016 Lucy Kelly
Sep 28, 2016 Dawn Cummins
Sep 28, 2016 nichole cartwright
Sep 28, 2016 Lisa Frey Please reinstate the ban for the sake of the people and animals. Thank you!
Sep 28, 2016 Jewel Rogers
Sep 27, 2016 carol gagnon
Sep 26, 2016 Diane Caird
Sep 26, 2016 Tibor Szabo
Sep 26, 2016 Sharon Sutton
Sep 26, 2016 Wendy Hauptman
Sep 25, 2016 Starr Lester
Sep 25, 2016 lia onda
Sep 25, 2016 Laura Valentine
Sep 24, 2016 brenda edwards
Sep 24, 2016 Richard Wood
Sep 24, 2016 bulbul dasgupta
Sep 24, 2016 dipanwita dasgupta
Sep 24, 2016 Nancy Sidebotham
Sep 23, 2016 Leslie Pfost
Sep 23, 2016 Kim Fox
Sep 23, 2016 Ken stein
Sep 23, 2016 Heather Marshall
Sep 22, 2016 Karen Daley
Sep 22, 2016 Linna Haynes
Sep 22, 2016 Diani Tirado
Sep 22, 2016 Ar De ruiter
Sep 22, 2016 Debbie Court
Sep 21, 2016 Jim Phillips
Sep 19, 2016 Tammy Elliott
Sep 19, 2016 Peach Santos
Sep 19, 2016 Tamara Miller
Sep 18, 2016 michelle johnson
Sep 18, 2016 Irene Souder-Coyle Exotic and wild animals do not belong in private homes or in residential areas. Reinstate the ban for everyone's sake.
Sep 16, 2016 Elvira Trebesius
Sep 15, 2016 jacqueline laude
Sep 14, 2016 Sherry Frey Brown
Sep 14, 2016 (Name not displayed)
Sep 14, 2016 Bari Bowles
Sep 14, 2016 Barbara Smuts
Sep 14, 2016 Richard Lebon
Sep 13, 2016 Joanna Conway
Sep 13, 2016 Veronica Myers-Fuqua
Sep 13, 2016 Mary Hageman
Sep 13, 2016 Cynthia Mahlin
Sep 12, 2016 Myrna Alvarado
Sep 12, 2016 Denise Parsons
Sep 12, 2016 (Name not displayed)

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