Today, Ohio is a haven for breeders and dealers of wild animals due to some of the weakest exotic pet laws in the nation. However, Ohio took a major step forward in 2010 by banning the acquisition of certain dangerous exotic animals as pets, such as bears, tigers, and primates. The executive order issued by outgoing Governor Strickland is in place for 90 days, and it is now up to new Governor John Kasich to make it permanent.
These wild animals kept as pets are often kept in backyards and basements, and it is a life of deprivation and exploitation. Keeping exotics this way has ended in tragedy time and time again. In addition, it is dangerous for people and the animals, who are often set loose, turned over to sanctuaries, or killed once people realize they cannot handle a pet tiger or chimpanzee.
The ban on preventing the acquisition of more dangerous wild animals as pets was one of eight animal welfare provisions in the landmark agreement between the Humane Society of the United States, former Governor Ted Strickland, and Ohio's agricultural leaders. Now, more than ever, your help is needed to ensure the new, beneficial law remains in place.
All concerned, animal loving individuals are encouraged to make a brief and polite phone call to Governor Kasich at (614) 466 - 3555, urging him to make the prohibition of keeping exotic animals as pets permanent. You can also send him an e-mail by clicking HERE.