After the incident where 50 exotic wild animals were released in Ohio, the ASPCA wants the Governor of Ohio to put an immediate ban on the sale and possession of exotic animals.
Ohio is one of only eight states that doesn't regulate the owning of exotic animals.
The ASPCA said:
"We urge Gov. Kasich to issue an emergency order to ensure the safety of Ohio residents, as well as the health and well-being of exotic animals kept as pets. This tragic incident may well have been avoided had the previous emergency order issued by former Gov. Ted Strickland not been permitted to expire in April.
While the animals pay the ultimate price, local governments and taxpayers are left to bear the enormous fiscal burden when dangerous wild animals are set loose or escape, or when they are seized due to neglect."
Even though exotic animals can be a threat to public safety and healthy, and are often neglected, the exotic pet trade is still a multi-billion dollar industry.
Let's hope Ohio has learned it's lesson and listens to the ASPCA.
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