Governor's Response to Exotic Animals

Governor’s Response to Exotic Animals

by Jennifer Bullock on April 30, 2012

Harsher rules and higher standards could soon be in place for exotic animal owners in Ohio, if a State Senate passed a bill becomes law.

Ohioans would be banned from acquiring new exotic animals, and previous owners would have to comply with stricter rules. We talked with Governor John Kasich when he was in town last week. He says he recalls the release of the exotic animals in Muskingum County, and agrees with the proposed legislation making it tougher to be an owner.

"In the long-haul, we don’t want folks to be having lions and tigers and bears living on their land. I mean, okay, that doesn’t make a lot of sense. In the short-haul, we’re requiring people to meet certain standards, where the animals will be safe and well taken care of, and where the public is safe," said Governor Kasich.

The new exotic animal bill just recenlty cleared the Senate by a 30 to 1 vote and is now being considered in the House.