Nichole Hannahs

Exotic Animal Laws

by Nichole Hannahs on October 19, 2011 at 2:56 am

The incident involving the animals has brought to light exactly what is the law in Ohio.

Wildlife expert Jack Hanna said the laws concerning exotic animals in the state are week. He explained the state had a bill from former Gov. Ted Strickland that would toughen the laws and Hanna said it was six weeks from passing.

The new rules would regulate how the law would be enforced, who will inspect places and how to shut down exotic animal auctions. State Representative Brian Hill spoke about the issue.

"I think it’s time that we evaluate after all this is over. We need to sit down with the animal experts, law enforcement and see it going to take legislation to prevent this in the future because this is public safety number one," said Hill.

Hill went on to explain that when it comes to the animals at this particular farm they’ve dealt with issues in the past, but the animals were legal and permits obtained.

"If they were permitted that’s all that can be done. They were allowed to have them. Now, if it was humane issues where the animals were being treated, they would be investigated. If they weren’t in the right situation they were given the opportunity to improve that. It’s going on for many years," said Hill.

Hill said he’ll work along side State Senator Troy Balderson to pass harsher laws. Hanna said he believes that if permit fees were increased to $5,000 it would put most exotic animal auctions and breeders out of business.