“Exotic Animal Law Review Ignited By Ohio Exotic Animal Stampede”

May 1, 2012 · Filed Under Articles · Comment 

“Yet, by some estimates, there are thousands of tigers in captivity in American backyards — more than there are in the wild on the planet. . . .

Reps. Howard ‘Buck’ McKeon, R-Calif., and Loretta Sanchez, D-Calif., introduced the Big Cats and Public Safety Protection Act in February to require owners of tigers, lions, leopards, jaguars, cheetahs, panthers and other cats to register with the Department of Agriculture. Breeding would be banned except at accredited zoos and research and educational institutions. Penalties would include seizures, fines and jail. . . .”

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“Hanna berates Ohio legislators on exotic pet laws”

February 17, 2012 · Filed Under Articles · 2 Comments 

” . . . Ohio has some of the nation’s weakest restrictions on exotic pets. Efforts to strengthen the state’s law took on new urgency in October when authorities were forced to hunt down and kill 48 wild animals — including endangered Bengal tigers — after their owner freed them from his Zanesville farm and then committed suicide.

In August 2010, a bear attacked and killed a caretaker during a feeding at the home of a man who also kept wolves and tigers on property near Cleveland. . . .

State Sen. Troy Balderson, of Zanesville, had sent a letter last Friday to state lawmakers, asking them to sign on to his bill.

He included some details about future regulations in his letter. For instance, the measure would immediately ban people from acquiring additional exotic animals. Zoo, circuses, sanctuaries and research facilities would be exempt.

Owners of lions, tigers and other large animals, such as elephants and crocodiles, would be banned in 2014 from keeping the creatures unless they applied to be a “private shelter” and met new caging requirements and care standards. . . .”

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“Invasive Pythons Put Squeeze On Everglades’ Animals”

February 11, 2012 · Filed Under Articles · Comment 

“Scientists are reporting that aliens are wiping out the animals in Florida’s Everglades.

The aliens are Burmese pythons from Asia. They’ve been slithering around south Florida for decades. But scientists now say the constrictors are so bad, they’re eating their way through the swamps. And the federal government has decided to take action to prevent their spread. . . .”

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“Exotic Pets’ Human Health Risk: Could The Global Pet Trade Import The Next Pandemic?”

December 21, 2011 · Filed Under Articles · 1 Comment 

“. . . An estimated three of every four emerging infectious diseases in humans originate in wildlife. That’s not to say that all of the estimated one million animal diseases can make the jump to humans. But when they do, which qualifies the disease as zoonotic, devastating consequences can result. Of particular concern is when the pathogen becomes capable of direct human-to-human transmission. . . .”

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“Ringling circus agrees to $270K fine by USDA, alleged violations of animal welfare rules”

November 28, 2011 · Filed Under Articles · Comment 

“The Virginia-based owner of the Ringling Bros. circus has agreed to pay a $270,000 fine to settle allegations that it violated federal animal-welfare laws in its handling of elephants, tigers, zebra and other exotic animals.  The U.S. Department of Agriculture says the civil penalty announced Monday is the largest ever assessed against an exhibitor under the Animal Welfare Act. . . .”

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