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Clark County, Nev. Cracks Down on Dangerous Exotic Animal Ownership

Ordinance targets exotic pet owners who endanger communities and jeopardize animal welfare in state’s most populous county

Commissioners of Clark County voted unanimously to pass an ordinance that will ban future private possession of tigers, bears and chimpanzees. Nevada is one of only five states with no laws to prevent people from keeping pet tigers, bears, chimpanzees and other dangerous wild animals. Holly Haley, Nevada state director of The Humane Society of the United States, released the following statement:

“Clark County has taken a strong first step in bringing Nevada in line with the rest of the country in addressing the serious problem of unqualified people keeping dangerous wild and exotic animals as pets. These animals have costly and complex needs when kept in captivity. They can also cause death, inflict serious injury and spread deadly diseases.”

The HSUS is pleased that commissioners rejected an exemption for facilities accredited by the Zoological Association of America. ZAA accredits substandard private menageries—such as Keith Evans’ six-acre backyard menagerie with 46 caged African lions—and allows the public to have unsafe contact with tiger and lion cubs and 90-pound bear cubs.

Media Contact: Naseem Amini, namini@humanesociety.org, 240-778-5545