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October 21, 2011

HSUS President Calls Ohio Governor’s Exotics Order "Inadequate"

The order “sidesteps the central problems” created by exotic animal ownership and trade in Ohio

Wayne Pacelle, president and CEO of The Humane Society of the United States, issued the following statement in response to Gov. John Kasich’s executive order:

"While it’s obvious that Governor John Kasich is concerned about the horrible events that unfolded in Zanesville, the emergency order he signed today is inadequate and sidesteps the central problems created by the exotic animal trade in Ohio.

"The Humane Society of the United States agrees with him that the legislature should enact a statute that addresses the problem, but in the interim, we need an executive order that bans the sale and acquisition of dangerous wild animals as pets or roadside attractions. Our legal analysis demonstrates it’s clearly within his authority to take more comprehensive action as a bridge to protect people and animals until the legislature acts.

"No private citizen should keep big cats, bears or primates as pets or as roadside attractions. It’s too dangerous for the community, it’s inhumane for the animals, and it’s too costly for the state to regulate. "

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