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Bangor proposes banning exotic animals and limiting household p...

There are 88 comments on the The Morning Call story from Aug 9, 2009, titled Bangor proposes banning exotic animals and limiting household p.... In it, The Morning Call reports that:

About this time last year, a Bangor resident called the borough offices about owning a pet cat -- actually, a lion.

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Bethlehem, PA

#1 Aug 9, 2009
Bangor residents do not allow domestic pet ownership to be only three. Many neighboring communities limit the number to 4 so if a family owns two cats and two dogs that is legal. You must protest this ordinance proposal now. Once adopted very difficult to get overturned!
Anywho

Lehighton, PA

#2 Aug 9, 2009
Animal shelters are over capacity now, so Bangor is going to require families to get rid of a beloved, well-cared for pet? So, Bangor leaders, which beloved, faithful companion should we tear from a weeping child's arms to have killed, or dumped at an over-full shelter to slowly die alone in a small cage, pining for its family?
I understand that having too many animals in a house in a town is not good. But for God's sake, use your heads! The pain and anguish an idiotic law like this would cause would be horrible.
Tom

Macungie, PA

#3 Aug 9, 2009
No more than three pets? More freedoms stripped from us everyday! Enough!
Animal Welfare

Cape May, NJ

#4 Aug 9, 2009
Local government must follow state law. According to state law, a person can NOT obtain a permit! They must have at least two year's hands on experience with the breed of choice, with a facility that is approved by the PA Game Commission! No facility now or ever, will be approved as a teaching facility by them. They have nibbed any future private ownership of big cats in the bud! They existing permit holders will eventually die out, then PA will be a "banned" state. Why ban exotics who are being properly cared for, and permitted, by some animal rights terrorists, who wants to start a frenzy in your area? This phone call happened LAST year! Yes, this is definitely an animal rights influence call.
Millie

Cape May, NJ

#5 Aug 9, 2009
Huh? ban exotics? how about you ban collies, german sherherds, rottweilers, all the dog breeds that are considered dangerous? all the dogs that have mutilated, maimed adults? and all the dogs that murdered innocent children? why go after responsible exotic animal owners who are permitted within the state, when you can not even take care of your domestic animals? I have one better yet - get rid of all the animals in your city!
Tom Walmsley

Cape May, NJ

#6 Aug 9, 2009
Of course your freedoms are being taken away, animal rights have infiltrated every local government, every county and state, to influence onto our politicians their way of life - NO ANIMALS - NO PETS. Bangor is heavily infiltrated by these animal terrorists groups, they have all ready influenced our town!
Too Much

Blairstown, NJ

#7 Aug 9, 2009
Bangor, PA: Where four gerbils might be too many.

If this does go through, you folks in Bangor are going to see an increase in stray animals. To avoid paying any fees -- either at animal shelters or from the borough for violating the ordinance -- some people will conveniently put a pet or two outside and instantly say, "It's not mine. It must be a stray."

Since: May 07

Bethlehem, PA

#8 Aug 9, 2009
Millie wrote:
Huh? ban exotics? how about you ban collies, german sherherds, rottweilers, all the dog breeds that are considered dangerous? all the dogs that have mutilated, maimed adults? and all the dogs that murdered innocent children? why go after responsible exotic animal owners who are permitted within the state, when you can not even take care of your domestic animals? I have one better yet - get rid of all the animals in your city!
Dangerous? Come over to my house. I will have my rottweiler lick your face off.

Three seems like a low number. I think Bethlehem has it correct with six. There should be exceptions though if you own a large amount of land.

If this one passes, the next new ordinance will read: No Bangor resident may own more than three things comprised of slate including roofs, patios, quoit boards, etc.
spud

United States

#9 Aug 9, 2009
Does this mean that all pets will be limited to a maximum litter of two? Sure there are people who live like pigs among their numerous pets. But there are also people who can care for multiple pets in a humane and sanitary way. What's next? Will we be limiting the number of people allowed in a family?
Bethlehem

Bethlehem, PA

#10 Aug 9, 2009
Too much goverment. I can see the ban on lions etc , but on gebils? What about the folks who foster animals? Maybe we should ban city official's after all they are animals too.
Bethlehem

Bethlehem, PA

#11 Aug 9, 2009
sorry gerbils
beer buzz

King Of Prussia, PA

#12 Aug 9, 2009
Change and Hope, you asked for it and your getting it!
Laughing Cow

Whitehall, PA

#13 Aug 9, 2009
Small town governments are so silly. The wildly over react and pass nonsense laws.
Debbi

United States

#14 Aug 9, 2009
This is taking things too far. I can see the exoctic animals ban. but to limit families to just 4 pets is crazy. I can see cats and dogs but anything like a gerbil is just dumb. that law is going to need to be fine tuned. It should not include anything like a gerbil oh wait if we dont limit them they might take over the town Ahhh the dreaded gerbil attack.!!!! They are such dangerous animals!!!
Tom Walmsley

Cape May, NJ

#15 Aug 9, 2009
I was joking, Wise One! For every breed of animal, there are good ones and there are bad ones - just like people. There are good people and there are bad people. We have put animals as a commodity, as a "thing". We do not consider them to be living breathing entities with feelings and emotions. We are quick to kill them, quick to drop them off at a kill facility. I mean, we kill our own through abortion, we have no regard for any life, animal or human. We are a dispicable race. Bangor needs to wake up, they need to heed state law, and become animal friendly.
A_Wise_Man_Once_Said wrote:
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Dangerous? Come over to my house. I will have my rottweiler lick your face off.
Three seems like a low number. I think Bethlehem has it correct with six. There should be exceptions though if you own a large amount of land.
If this one passes, the next new ordinance will read: No Bangor resident may own more than three things comprised of slate including roofs, patios, quoit boards, etc.
spud

United States

#16 Aug 9, 2009
This could be a business opportunity. Start a company that installs underground pet escape tunnels. When the pet police come knocking you just scoot your extras out the tunnel.
Bangor Lover

Easton, PA

#17 Aug 9, 2009
Thats odd. In Bangor they seem to think it is OK for a man/boy to have sex with his mother or sister and indreed the entire family, but they want to stop you from having two cats a dog and a gerbil? Strange place that Bangor.
Tom Walmsley

Cape May, NJ

#18 Aug 9, 2009
oh! and I want proof that someone DID call, and ask "About this time last year, a Bangor resident called the borough offices about owning a pet cat -- actually, a lion." This is too far fetched and very suspious. Sounds like someone is trying to stir the pot, and influence local government with their own agenda. How many of your local government officials and their friends own exotics? Are they willing to give them up or put them to death? Death is the easy way out - but isn't that what Bangor trying to impose? Ban them is to kill them. Sanctuaries and rescues are filled, zoos refuse to take them in, so the only thing left is to murder them. Are you ready to choose which pet to kill?
Tom Walmsley

Cape May, NJ

#19 Aug 9, 2009
YOU agree that exotic animals should be banned? really? Do you know that any animal other than a domesticated dog or a domesticated cat, can and is considered "exotic"? Any animal, out of the norm, is considered exotic. Do you want to ban from ownership, a gerbil, a hamster, a African Grey Parrot, a turtle, a rabbit, etc? Any animal that will not succumb to human control is considered an exotic. Oh, there goes your Koi, goldfish, oscars, there goes your man made ponds!
Debbi wrote:
This is taking things too far. I can see the exoctic animals ban. but to limit families to just 4 pets is crazy. I can see cats and dogs but anything like a gerbil is just dumb. that law is going to need to be fine tuned. It should not include anything like a gerbil oh wait if we dont limit them they might take over the town Ahhh the dreaded gerbil attack.!!!! They are such dangerous animals!!!
Goofs

Easton, PA

#20 Aug 9, 2009
Just a way for these wanna-be policians in rinky dink Bangor to pretend they're making laws. Get lives you jack a s s es.

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