New Ohio Exotic Pet Law Lacks Teeth

Here’s some essential reading from Wayne Pacelle’s blog on the “emergency order” passed by Ohio governor John Kasich in response to last week’s tragedy in Zanesville. In what will surprise few familiar with Ohio’s industry-dominated legislature and weak animal welfare laws,

So not only is the emergency order too weak, but the prospects for a sound recommendation from the governor’s task force on the issue are not bright. Of the seven non-governmental organizations represented on the task force, two are exotic animal industry groups. One member, Polly Britton of the Ohio Association of Animal Owners (OAAO), is a notorious mouthpiece for the exotics industry and also has opposed just about every bit of animal welfare legislation in the state, including stronger anti-cockfighting and anti-puppy mill bills. The OAAO represents the exotic animal owners in the state, including one of the largest animal auctions in the nation, in Mount Hope, Ohio. There is also a representative from the deceptively named Zoological Association of America (not to be confused with the respected Association of Zoos and Aquariums), which accredits poorly run roadside zoos, sanctions public contact with dangerous animals, and was created “ to protect and defend the right to own animals.”

Full story.

Like the puppy mill issue, outsiders and newcomers to the animal protection movement are often shocked to learn what powerful political forces are behind the exotic pet industry. We’re not just talking about the tiny minority who believe it is their God-given right to breed Bengal tigers in the garage, but much more mainstream animal use interests are also ready to step up to the plate for exotic animal owners and merchants. Although most hunters, dog breeders, and similar folks probably deep down inside know there’s something wrong with chaining a lion in the backyard, the interests have successfully convinced many of them that their industry is “next” if the state legislature does something about the out-of-control exotic pet industry. We see this time and time again with industries the majority of people find unacceptable, whether it’s the sale of tigers and chimpanzees as pets or cockfighting.

Advertisements

3 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Grazyna Baruch
    Oct 30, 2011 @ 16:25:48

    Groundbreaking, i was tell you I am impressed. Incredibly rarely used features will i encounter a new webpage that’s at the same time educative together with fun. Prefer to show you that you’ve reach the toenail relating to the head. Your own imagined is normally terrific. Thx is actually all My partner and i really have to point out!

    Reply

  2. Kris Krulicki
    Nov 13, 2011 @ 21:10:39

    I’m writing to let you understand of the excellent experience my friend’s child obtained studying your web site. She learned a wide variety of issues, not to mention what it is like to have a great coaching mindset to have other people without difficulty gain knowledge of some tortuous topics. You actually did more than people’s expectations. I appreciate you for giving the precious, trustworthy, informative and fun guidance on this topic to Janet.

    Reply

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: