Exotic animals should never be in the possession of individual citizens. Few people know how to properly care for these animals, give them adequate food and living conditions, or can find vets willing to give them medical attention when they fall ill. These animals remain wild despite living with people and need the type of environment and care that can rarely be provided by individual hobbyists. Additionally, exotic pets pose a dangerous threat to their owners, neighbors, other pets, and livestock. Exotic animals, such as the Connecticut chimpanzee, Travis, who attacked a friend of his owner causing multiple catastrophic injuries, continue to prove they are unsuitable as household pets. These animals are also likely to pass zoonotic diseases when kept in such close quarters with humans.
Ohio Governor Kasich is considering renewing the executive order restricting the possession, sale, and transfer of exotic animals. We urge Governor Kasich to renew that order. Please write the governor to show your support for such a renewal.The Honorable John Kasich
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