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November 21, 2011

The HSUS Encouraged by Ohio Task Force Recommendations on Exotic Animal Ban

HSUS President and CEO Calls for Quick Legislative Action

The Humane Society of the United States' President and CEO Wayne Pacelle issues the following statement in response to an Ohio study group's recommendations to ban exotic animals in the state:

“We are encouraged by the general recommendation from the task force to crack down on private ownership of dangerous exotic animals. Lions, tigers, chimps and other powerful wild animals do not belong in our backyards or basements, and should only be found in their natural habitats or accredited zoos and sanctuaries. It’s now time for the legislature to act, and to do something that is proportional to the nature of this severe problem in Ohio. It should act before the end of the year, so that not another month goes by without strong standards in Ohio. We should have no more human tragedies, nor any mass shooting of wildlife. All of this can be prevented with sound policies. We look forward to working with Governor Kasich and the legislature to have a strong law on the books and stem the tide of dangerous wild animals coming into Ohio.”

Media Contact: Pepper Van Tassell: (240) 751-0232; pvantassell@humanesociety.org

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