George Hiotis

Governor Wants Halt To Exotic Animal Auctions

by George Hiotis on November 21, 2011 at 10:58 am

Ohio Governor John Kasich wants to halt exotic animal auctions and wonders why anyone owns wild animals like bears or primates. The Governor spoke of the ideas last month to a working group studying ways to change the state’s laws on exotic animals. The meeting minutes were released late last week.  The group sped up its work on recommendations after dozens of exotic animals were released last month by Terry Thompson at his Kopchak  Road farm, and then killed himself leaving deputies to put down most of the animals. Kasich told the group at their October 31st meeting that no one should own wild animals such as bears and primates. Kasich also called for a ban on auctions where exotic wild animals are sold and suggested that fees be significant.