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Thursday, October 20, 2011

Conflicting Laws Kill Exotic Animals

I don't know about you, but I am heartsick today about the news of fifty exotic animals being shot, maimed or otherwise lost in Ohio:


Apparently, loopholes, gaps and inconsistencies among and between state and federal laws somehow either permitted this individual to maintain exotic animals (including rare Bengal tigers) or were not clear enough to prohibit him from keeping the animals. I have never studied these laws, but is anyone here working on a study or an article (or within an organization), in an attempt to create clear and consistent state and federal rules regarding the private ownership of exotic animals? Or have you addressed this cluster of incomprehensive laws in an animal law class? Something needs to be done at all levels of government - maybe you are already working on it.

Posted by DBorman on October 20, 2011 at 03:23 PM | Permalink


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Reading a few news accounts, a leader of an animal welfare group noted that Ohio was one of only eight states with such lax laws regarding exotic animals. Non-commercial in-state use of animals would seem to be a state concern and some inconsistency would arise. And, Jack Hanna in media accounts noted that even Ohio was in the process of addressing the fact. One question would be if there were any federal roads nearby. One or more animals were hit by cars. I also am left with the belief that animals should legally be deemed to have some level of personhood that would make states have obligation to have basic laws to guard against this sort of thing. States can have discretion but have a duty here.

Posted by: Joe | Oct 22, 2011 12:44:24 PM

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