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April 25, 2012

The HSUS Applauds Ohio Senate for Passing Dangerous Wild Animal Act

Karen Minton, Ohio state director of The Humane Society of the United States, issued the following statement in response to the passage in the Ohio Senate of the Dangerous Wild Animal Act. State Sen. Troy Balderson, R-Zanesville introduced the legislation:

“The Humane Society of the United States commends the Ohio Senate for passing S.B. 310 and encourages swift passage in the House. So many elected officials agree that Ohio needs a comprehensive law to restrict private ownership of dangerous wild animals kept for the pet trade and for certain commercial purposes. We are grateful to Senator Balderson for introducing this important bill, and his measure as written is a vast improvement for Ohio in terms of animal welfare and public safety.

A new statewide survey of Ohio voters revealed that three out of four voters support legislation to ban private citizens from acquiring exotic and dangerous animals. Unfortunately, recent amendments to S.B. 310 also weaken the bill on ownership of dangerous snakes. We urge there be no more weakening amendments, and that the House stand firm in siding with animal welfare and public safety principles.

No more individuals should die or be injured by privately held exotic animals in Ohio. There should never again be a crisis like the one in Zanesville and no more powerful wild animals should be kept in someone’s backyard or basement. Large predators belong in the wild and they don’t make suitable pets.”

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Media Contact: Raúl Arce-Contreras: 301-721-6440; rcontreras@humanesociety.org

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