Following the events in Zanesville, OH, many states are rushing to enact legislation that would ban the ownership of wild and exotic animals who are dangerous to humans. Ohio’s bill, HB 352, allows those who currently own these animals to be “grandfathered” in under the law and it also exempts traveling shows and circuses performing in the state that use exotic animals. The bill is in the House Agriculture and Natural Resources Committee. Ohio residents should contact the committee leadership urging them to rethink the two provisions mentioned here and then to pass this legislation to the full House. Also, Ohio residents should contact their own representatives urging the same action.
The Honorable David Hall, Chair
Tele. No.: 614-466-2994
The Honorable Bob Peterson, Vice Chair
Tele. No.: 614-644-7928
House Agriculture and Natural Resources
77 S. High St
Columbus, OH 43215-6111
Pennsylvania’s bill, HB 1398, would impose a ban on private ownership of exotic wildlife and is currently in the Senate Committee on Game and Fisheries. Pennsylvania residents should contact the committee leadership to express their desire for swift action on this legislation as well as contact their representatives urging passage of HB 1398.
The Honorable Richard L. Alloway II, Chair
Tele. No.: 717-787-4651
The Honorable Charles T. McIlhinney Jr., Vice Chair
Tele. No.: 717-787-7305
Senate Committee on Game and Fisheries
187 Main Capitol
Harrisburg, PA 17120