Pennsylvania could be on the verge of a breakthrough when it comes to exotic pet ownership.
Currently, it is legal to own a dangerous animal, just as long as the owner has the proper documentation.
Owners don't even have to warn anybody if they HAVE a lion, tiger or bear (Oh yes! It's true)!
The Humane Society is asking Pennsylvania to introduce legislation that will ban exotic pet ownership, similar to neighboring Ohio's plan of action.
A Monroe County resident, Kelly Ann Waltz, was mauled to death by her pet bear in 2009. State Humane Society director Sarah Speed hopes to prevent these incidents:
We should not wait until another tragedy occurs before adopting strict standards in the law.
Pennsylvania’s lawmakers should act swiftly to pass this bill to protect residents and prevent animals from suffering in backyards and basements.
So will Pennsylvanian backyards be safe…or could a tiger be lurking nearby?
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