As for the bill being watered down, it was originally written to include ALL reptiles & amphibians! There were no reptiles or amphibians in the Zanesville incident so why add them? I know why: It was a way for the AR folks to destroy the reptile trade.....Let's make it so you have to buy $100,000 insurance, microchip the animal, put signs up on your property stating you have a "dangerous wild animal" in order for little Johnny to own a harmless captive born and bred $30 leopard gecko.
This ban is completely ridiculous. All you people who believe the "sky is falling" sensationalized drama that a lion is going to eat you in your back yard stop and think for a minute, stop listening to the AR sensationalism and use common sense. There are very few people who own big cats, bears, etc. If these owners were so bad at keeping their animals contained, then where is the human body count? Oh yeah, pitifully low to almost nonexistent. Your chance of dying by a dog or horse is 1000X greater even if you combine all exotics owned in the USA. Most of the people killed by cats have been in zoos and they're already regulated, LOL.
This ban is making exotic animal owners out to be guilty when they have done nothing wrong. What happened to innocent until proven guilty?
I say stop wasting tax payer's money on rounding up exotic animal owners who have harmed no one and spend the money on stopping people who ARE harming others like drug dealers, drunk drivers, rapists, murderers, pedophiles.
November 26, 2012 at 11:27 a.m.
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