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Ohioans Call for Ban on Captive Wild Animals

Written by PETA | October 26, 2011

Following last week’s killing of dozens of wild animals in Zanesville, Ohio, PETA supporters gathered in front of the Ohio statehouse today calling on Gov. John Kasich to ban ownership of wild animals as “pets” immediately, before other tragedies occur. Earlier this year, the governor refused to extend an emergency ban on keeping captive exotic animals that had been put in place by his predecessor.

In a letter to Gov. Kasich, PETA noted that there are at least 10 wild-animal facilities in Ohio that are accidents waiting to happen. One facility in Massillon that holds more than 100 animals—including tigers, lions, pumas, jaguars, bears, and wolves—was found this year to be keeping tigers in an enclosure that had no top and was not tall enough to keep the animals contained. Another facility, in Perrysburg, was found to be keeping adult lions and wolves in enclosures that would not prevent them from jumping out.

Ohio’s dangerously lax laws about wild-animal ownership have already resulted in human deaths, including a man who was mauled by a bear kept by notorious wild-animal exhibitor Sam Mazzola. To help prevent additional tragedies involving captive wild animals, click here to urge the Ohio Department of Natural Resources to exercise its authority to implement emergency regulations prohibiting private citizens from keeping wild animals.


Written by Heather Faraid Drennan

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  • juan garcia says:

    i am doing a report on this

  • MeiMei says:

    I believe its good to ban most exotic animals, but the ones that have been domesticated should be allowed to be kept as companions. I would hate to have all exotic animals banned cuz then they will just end up killing peoples precious companions beloved ferrets, chinchilla, sugar gliders, parrots, etc seems pretty cruel to me

  • Mary says:

    Wild animals should not be held captive, another EPIC FAIL by “humans”.

  • Laurie says:

    Please stop caging wild animals,

  • Sharon Nunez says:

    Wild animal need to be left in the wild where they belong…and not suffer because of the ignorance of humans..

  • Barbara J. Tierney says:

    The latest tragedy of so many deaths of innocent captive animals should be horror enough to force immediately a law banning wild animals in captive situations as pets……Pass that law NOW!…..

  • Kiki says:

    PLAIN and simple!!! Wild animals are NOT pets!!! Leave the Wild Wild!!! NO poaching either!! Just keep your filthy Human hands to yourself!

  • lisa Healing says:

    I cant actually believe that people can have wild animals at their home in this day and age.

  • Silvia Brinzea says:

    Wild animals belong into the nature and their wild environment. Why owning animals like domestic animals and as soon as humans make mistakes because they escape the animal have to pay with their lifes?Stop taking animals out of their wild environmentand stop acting with cruelty! Ban this and change the legislation. This are creatures with feelings dont forget that.

  • Mark Paul says:

    Wild animals are NOT pets! I urge you to implement emergency regulations prohibiting private citizens from keeping wild animals.

  • Kees says:

    Wild animals are not called wild animals for nuttin’. They belong in the wild!

  • Rhonda Redmond says:

    I would love to see a ban on exotic animals! That tragedy could NEVER have happened…

  • Rhonda Redmond says:

    I would love to see a ban on exotic animals! That tragedy could NEVER have happened…

  • marie studstrup says:

    protect the wild animals! And make laws agains having them as pets!

  • sharlein says:

    This is not right. these aniamls should not be kept for pets the are wild why wait for something else to happen and more animals being killed then there shoudl be. This makes me very sad and mad at the same time for people like you that just dont get it

  • Mukesh Tanwar says:

    Please stop keeping wild animals as pets. Authorities need to be notified strongly about this act.

  • Akos Fintor says:

    Wondering if Humanity will ever wake up? thanks for the share.