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State ban on exotic pets still on hold

The ban does affect the legit breeders of the animals. The ban does not provide for regulated, licensed, inspected breeders to be allowed to continue. Problem is that HSUS and their paid for documentary, as usual, is all about twisting the facts to meet their needs. FACT: There have only been 4 deaths in Ohio in the past 13 years, there has never been a death to a non-owner/handler - see for yourself, it's on HSUS's website. If they are such a danger to the public, sure can't tell it by the factual numbers. The number of private owners that are not regulated is very extemely small when it comes to Big Cats and Bears. FACT: Strickland is a Minister and in Feb 2010, he told over 300 farmers he would fight against HSUS and keep them out of our state, then he pats Pacelle on the back? Oh yes, that's right...money talks, especially in your campaign fund. Get the true facts and not those that only contain the parts of that best fit the needs of the Animal Activists.  (Nov 1, 2010 | post #26)

Ohio

Fatal bear attack highlights Ohio's lax laws on exotic pe...

The Animal Rights Agenda: They have come to destroy the Wild Animals breeders. Will you further their agenda by remaining silent, Because you do not own any wild animals. They have come to confiscate dogs from those who they call puppy mills, Will you further their agenda by remaining silent, Because you are not a dog breeder. They have come for the game fowl breeds, Will you further their agenda by remaining silent, Because you do not own any game fowl breeds. When they come for the Hunters and Fishermen Will you further their agenda by remaining silent, Because you are not a Hunter or Fisher. When they come for the livestock Breeders, Will you further their agenda by remaining silent, Because you are not a livestock Breeder. And when they came for you, Silence is all there will be, Who will be left to speak out......  (Sep 1, 2010 | post #19)

Columbus Dispatch

Animal rights group releases video from veal farm | The C...

The Animal Rights Agenda: They have come for the Wild Animals, Will you remain silent; Because you do not own any wild animals. They have come to confiscate dogs from those who they call puppy mills, Will you remain silent; Because you are not a dog breeder. They have come for the game fowl breeds, Will you remain silent; Because you do not own any game fowl breeds. When they come for the livestock Breeders, Will you remain silent; Because you are not a livestock Breeder. And when they came for you, Who will be left to speak out......  (Sep 1, 2010 | post #111)

Ohio

Fatal bear attack highlights Ohio's lax laws on exotic pe...

I'd be curious to know where Born Free USA's information comes from on the animal attacks. I called the Ohio Department of Health and according to their records there have only been 7 wild animal attacks in the last 10 years. And what is the difference between private ownership and rescues? Private owners don't require the public to make donations. So, I question the validity of the information provided. Dept of Natural Resources, Fish and Wildlife and USDA all 3 have the possible jurisdiciton over these types of animals and all 3 do check on the animals regularly, areas where they are kept, etc. Somehow, this man slipped through without notice after his USDA license was revoked.  (Aug 31, 2010 | post #9)

Columbus Dispatch

Animal rights group releases video from veal farm | The C...

I question the motives and integrity of MFA for waiting over 4 months to release this video. They released it after the found out the Standards Board is going to act as they should and not bow to the pressures of the HSUS. Another note, the video was shot during a tour, it's a old part of the facility that has not undergone the change to group housing. But what would expect of Animal Rights groups, especially MFA who's own leader has proven disregard for safety issues in the past, need you be reminded of his break-in to the poultry farms and violating Bio-security? He could have easily infected Thousands of poultry and caused them to be killed. Or does he consider that a "Mercy" killing?  (Aug 31, 2010 | post #94)

Columbus Dispatch

Owner of Ohio killer bear isn't making safety fix | The C...

All animals not considered "livestock " by the Ohio Revised Code is considered "Exotic" . ORC defines Livestock as Cows, Sheep, Goat, Pigs, Poultry, Alpaca and Lamas. So, everything else is "exotic" . So you what your sayings is that 6 year old Sally that wants to own a bunny for 4-H should have to pay a huge fee to just own a rabbit. Little Joey wants a hamster, he should have to pay a huge fee to own it? All Exotics fall under the jurisdiction of 1 of 2 organizations, If it's native, it's ODNR teritory, if your selling the animals, native or not, it's USDA. Both organizations perform no-notice inspections on facilities. The gentleman in this article had his license revoked, he was doing all this illegally. The problem we have is people that are not licensed that own the animals. It is wrong to punish those that follow the rules and do the right thing. Punishing all exotic animal owners for the 3 or 4 accidents that have occurred in Ohio in the last 10 years is not right. Would you feel the same way if the state made it mandatory for you to pay $5000 for a license because people drink and drive? Or making parents pay $50,000 a year for every child they have because some teenagers lack the ability to not steal and/or destroy personal property. Same thing, it would be punishing everyone for lack of responsibility of a few. What is needed is laws to protect responsible owners. Fact is, privately owned animals live a longer, healthier life than in the wild. The receive vet care, the right foods, they are not preyed upon, hunted, ran over, shot or skinned. The tacit knowledge the world has on most of these animals is through study by private ownwers. Many zoo's reach out to private owners to obtain their animals and gain insight into the animals. We punish bad deeds and praise the good ones. Fines should be applied to unlicensed owners and animals should be moved to proper licensed facilities.  (Aug 30, 2010 | post #24)

DispatchPolitics

Animal deal not a lock

It is good to see that the Board is not caving into Pacelle's Dictatorship the way Strickland did. The board should be free to do what is in the best interest of the livestock without having outside pressure. The signatures that Pacelle is using for blackmail are good for all 10 stipultions on the agreement. The Governor should never had made any deals at all, he knew they were coming and he handed them the Dog Breeders, Exotic animal and Game fowl owners. Once those are history, Farming, Fishing and Hunting are next. Good luck in your run for re-election Strickland, I know a few thousand animal owners that won't be voting for you.  (Aug 26, 2010 | post #9)

Columbus Dispatch

Owner of Ohio killer bear isn't making safety fix | The C...

Thanks for making my point, dogs have been domesticated and prior to that they were wild. Most exotic animal owners have gotten their animals for other breeders. Although not "thousands " of years of domestication, there are sometimes 50 or more generations of domestication. I personally could care less what you do or don't eat, that is your choice. The Veganism approach however is to force that thought process on everyone which is wrong. Additionally, many exotic animal owners do use their animals in education as well. In some cases, the only animals left of a species are because of private ownership. Would you have considered Noah an animal hoarder because he loaded the Ark? I hate to be the one to break this news to you but baby animals that lose their parents are most likely to perish in the wild. Responsible animal breeders don't take the young the minute they are born unless there are medical reasons to have to do it, same as with a human child. As far as Charla Nash, no one forced her to go to the residence. It is unfortunate yes but the choice was hers. Exotic animal owners know what their animals are capable of and they accept that as well as anyone that works with them. I see you missed my point entirely about Animal Owners and Abused Children. When you attach a stereotype because of an isolated incident, you might as well attach all stereotypes to all incidents. If you are going to call every animal owner an abuser, you might as well walk through the mall and call every parent a child abuser. Don't judge everyone based on 1 article; you have to look at the record. Even if you did the match to compare Dog attacks to Exotic, the outcome is still the same. Dogs and Exotics both when put into the wrong environment will act aggressively. I personally would not put my animals in this type of situation. I am a responsible animal owner.  (Aug 25, 2010 | post #21)

Columbus Dispatch

Owner of Ohio killer bear isn't making safety fix | The C...

The loss of any human life is tragic and I feel for the family of the gentleman that died. I would agree that the animals should not have been used in this manner. I do not agree that ownership should be banned. There are numerous private owners that take exceptional care of their animals. Lumping all animal owners into one group is biased. How would you feel if people that did not have children go around stating all parents are abusive and cruel because of the number of child neglect and abuse cases in this state alone? Judge not least you be judged yourself. You are entitled to your opinion as this is a free country. That being said, it is my right to own animals. Vegans and HSUS need to learn that not everyone thinks as they do and not every animal owner is an abuser. Not every farmer is abusive do they all have E. Coli. Not all puppy breeders are puppy mills. It is proven over and over again that a large percentage of privately owned animal’s live much happier and longer lives than even in a zoo. Many zoos obtain their animals from private breeders/owners. It is also a proven fact that domestic dogs alone cause more injuries and deaths per year than all privately owned exotic animals. Private owners know the risks involved with the animals they raise. By your though process Red Robin, we should ban all dogs from ownership because any one of them could bite someone. It is my opinion since the owner had his license revoked; the bears should have been removed from his ownership. Everyone also needs to realize that with the current proposed ban on animal ownership by HSUS that the media is going to jump all over any story like this. But don’t think that every Exotic Animal Owner treats their animals inhumanly.  (Aug 24, 2010 | post #19)

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