COMMENTARY | Residents of Newark, Ohio, had quite a scare last week when a wolf hybrid got loose. The animal was eventually caught before harming itself or others, according to 10TV News. The incident prompted renewed discussion about dangerous exotic pets in Ohio. The state definitely needed to strengthen the nearly nonexistent laws to protect both the animals and residents. Gov. John Kasich developed a well-researched plan to accomplish both tasks. Hopefully, responsible owners of exotic pets can obtain the necessary permits to keep their animals.
The owner of the Canadian Tundra wolf told authorities he realized it was illegal to have such a creature within city limits. Local law enforcement officers told the owner to remove the hybrid after receiving a complaint about animal cruelty earlier in the week, but it was back in the yard days later, according to the Newark Advocate. The wolf hybrid broke its chain after spotting a cat. This man is a perfect example of why dangerous exotic pet laws are important. He did not properly house or monitor the wolf hybrid and knowingly violated local laws.
The release of dozens of dangerous exotic pets from Terry Thompson's exotic animal farm in Zanesville in the fall captured global attention. The majority of the animals were destroyed and the others are still being kept under quarantine at the Columbus Zoo due to health concerns. The U.S. Humane Society has called Ohio's new exotic pets legislation a step in the right direction, but does not believe it goes far enough, according to its website. The group could have prevented the Zanesville tragedy by exercising their authority to remove abused animals.
Members of the National Alternative Pet Association feel that responsible ownership of nontraditional pets should be permitted and education is the key to helping the public understand their desire to keep llamas, monkeys and exotic cats, according to the group's website.
It is unfortunate responsible exotic owners working diligently to foster the growth of a fragile species may face hardship because of Thompson's irrational actions. There are provisions in Kasich's exotic pet order which allow for ownership variances for those who meet new safety standards. It is better to create a few hurdles for the sake of caution. If the new laws prevent just one animal or human from being mistreated or injured, then the added steps to ownership were successful.
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