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Victory! In 2014, Ohio passed the Dangerous Wild Animal Bill which "restricts and regulates the ownership of certain species of animals that are defined as either "dangerous wild animals" or "restricted snakes." The law defines dangerous wild animals to include most non-human primates, some reptiles, and many mammals that are not ordinarily kept in households or as pets."
Final signature count: 28,981
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.

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 25, 2017 Steve Conrad
May 25, 2017 Joyce Barringer
May 24, 2017 Melinda Norman
May 24, 2017 Barbara Beatty
May 24, 2017 Dena Weirich
May 23, 2017 Leela Beaudry
May 23, 2017 Luke Maziarek
May 23, 2017 Hilde Saeys
May 23, 2017 Monica Daniel-Marshall
May 23, 2017 Graciela Rodriguez-Sero
May 22, 2017 (Name not displayed)
May 22, 2017 Marilyn Logan
May 21, 2017 Lorraine Clemens
May 21, 2017 (Name not displayed)
May 21, 2017 (Name not displayed)
May 20, 2017 susan miller
May 20, 2017 James Deschene
May 20, 2017 Shirley Troia
May 19, 2017 Yolanda Hershey
May 18, 2017 bethzaida vicente
May 18, 2017 Cinzia Dottori
May 17, 2017 Maelie Bugat
May 17, 2017 Patricia Malherbe
May 17, 2017 LISA HEARN
May 17, 2017 Ananya Boonyarattaphun
May 16, 2017 Nelly PRESTAT
May 16, 2017 Martina Behla
May 16, 2017 Sanand Dilip
May 16, 2017 Katherine Sampson
May 16, 2017 Cassi Redmond
May 16, 2017 Dominique LANG
May 16, 2017 Cynthia Pealo
May 16, 2017 Linda Treuhaft Wild animals are NOT pets! That's all there is to it.
May 16, 2017 Shannon Holmes
May 16, 2017 Fransie Pretorius
May 16, 2017 erek king
May 16, 2017 Alyssa Walls
May 16, 2017 veronica araujo
May 16, 2017 Fabian Müller
May 16, 2017 Claudine Cassagne
May 16, 2017 Rita Nehme
May 16, 2017 willem kom
May 15, 2017 Helen Wright
May 15, 2017 Lisa Ramirez
May 15, 2017 Michelle Mainieri
May 15, 2017 René Eichhorn
May 15, 2017 Hariana Días
May 15, 2017 Justine WONT KNOW
May 14, 2017 Susan Krauss
May 13, 2017 S Hawthorne

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