January 10, 2012 – Source: The New York Times
It has been an uncertain time for people who sell and breed exotic creatures since the episode in October when police in Ohio killed 49 exotic animals. Their debt-ridden owner had flung open their cages moments before he shot himself. There was public fury at the law enforcement; at Gov. John R. Kasich of Ohio, for letting restrictions expire on ownership of exotic pets by people with a history of animal cruelty and at the owner itself. According to the Humane Society of the United States, Ohio was one of the 7 states with no regulation regarding the sale or ownership of these types of creatures. New laws are now being drafted that may ban sales to those who are not professional handlers. Two proposed federal laws are gaining steam on the unregulated states – one would ban the interstate transport and import of many large constricting snakes and the other would ban primates from being transported between states for sale as pets. The Humane Society of the U.S. estimate that there are 15,000 big cats and 15,000 primates in private hands in the U.S. The Lolli Brothers livestock auction is in the business of the sale of ranch and exotic animals alike. Others are complaining that the rules and regulations will kill people’s livelihoods. Jack Hanna says they are not trying to put anyone out of business but the average person should not have an exotic animal as a pet.