A South Carolina County Bans Exotic Animals as “Pets”

January 2003

In Lexington, South Carolina, last summer two lions repeatedly escaped from a resident’s property and frightened neighbors. PETA sent packets of information to members of the City Council, called each member individually, and rallied citizens to speak at the City Council meeting.  After considering their options, the council voted 6-2 to ban the private ownership of exotic animals.

Read more about the business behind the “exotic” animal trade.

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