Ban Private Ownership of Wild and Exotic Animals

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In light of the events in Zanesville, Ohio, jurisdictions must begin facing the true consequences of harboring wild and exotic animals in their boundaries. Two states that have no bans on the private ownership of exotics are West Virginia and Wisconsin. Residents in these two states, please contact your legislators and urge them to support legislation banning private ownership of exotic animals. Exotic pets pose a dangerous threat to their owners, neighbors, other pets, and livestock, as seen in past tragedies such as Travis the chimpanzee, who attacked a friend of his owner’s, and a bear near Cleveland, who killed his owner’s employee. These animals remain wild despite living with people and need the type of environment and care that can rarely be provided by individual hobbyists. These animals are also likely to pass zoonotic diseases when kept in such close quarters with humans.

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