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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

May 30, 2016 Cathy Marshall
May 30, 2016 Anabela Rodrigues
May 29, 2016 Amadeus Guchhait
May 29, 2016 DeLynda Brown
May 29, 2016 emily Rosewall
May 29, 2016 Maeryn Boirionnach
May 28, 2016 Robert Stroud
May 27, 2016 Dr. Angela Dodge Exotic animals are not "pets." Please reinstate the ban -- for everyone's protection, including the animal. Most of them end up starved, mutilated, and dead. How sad that is.
May 27, 2016 Junko Card
May 27, 2016 Nathasha Pires
May 27, 2016 Billie Orechovesky
May 27, 2016 Donna Lynch
May 27, 2016 Mila Counihan
May 27, 2016 Gisele Rodrigues
May 27, 2016 Rosa Pereira
May 26, 2016 karen Hurst
May 26, 2016 Susan Lindsey
May 25, 2016 Steve Williams
May 25, 2016 Dat Tran
May 25, 2016 Laura Monroe
May 25, 2016 Laura Eliana Santos
May 23, 2016 Karen Presson
May 22, 2016 Gerda Kettner
May 22, 2016 Sylvie Ménigault
May 21, 2016 Christine Durkin
May 20, 2016 Jan Marek
May 19, 2016 shazia nayab
May 19, 2016 Deborah Rollins
May 19, 2016 Laney Smith
May 19, 2016 Christine Ciempola
May 19, 2016 Mandie Masley
May 19, 2016 Janet Grunke
May 19, 2016 Mark Turner
May 19, 2016 Samantha Martinez
May 19, 2016 (Name not displayed)
May 18, 2016 julie ellis
May 18, 2016 Phil Neal
May 18, 2016 alvin kasper
May 18, 2016 S Sinclaire Wild animals are not meant to be pets, hence the word "WILDLIFE". Wildlife Sanctuaries are unable to keep up with the abandoned, abused, and neglected wildlife that people THINK they can handle but cannot. BAN PRIVATE OWNERSHIP NOW and SAVE our wildlife.
May 18, 2016 Aurora Fuentes
May 18, 2016 RHONDA ZINN
May 17, 2016 ibi krausz
May 17, 2016 Brycelyn Pirtle
May 17, 2016 (Name not displayed)
May 17, 2016 Fredricka Chambers
May 17, 2016 Melanie Irwin
May 17, 2016 Kristine Richter Wild animals should not be allowed as pets. Please ban private ownership
May 17, 2016 Erin Johnson
May 17, 2016 Miger Biger
May 16, 2016 Selena Harrison

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