Kasich’s animal order inadequate, critics say

Unlike an order signed by his predecessor, Gov. Ted Strickland, which Kasich allowed to expire, the new order does not ban ownership or sale of wild animals, or require registration. Kasich said that would require changes in state law to be proposed later this year.

Instead, he ordered the Ohio Department of Natural Resources to review permits it issues for native wild species. Wild-animal auctions will be restricted and unauthorized auctions will be shut down. The state will work with zoos on caring for confiscated or impounded wild animals, he said.

Kasich said county humane societies have had legal authority for 58 years — but have not exercised it — to make arrests in animal-cruelty cases, regardless of the type of animal.

Tim Harrison of Outreach for Animals, a Dayton organization that does wild-animal rescues, called Kasich’s order “absolutely toothless. This is like putting a Band-Aid on a bleeding artery.”

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