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Kate Dylewsky: Exotic animals law good for W.Va., wild creatures –

Monday, March 31, 2014, By: Kate Dylewsky West Virginia just achieved a milestone in animal welfare and public safety legislation. Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin signed the Dangerous Wild Animals Act (HB 4393) into law March 25, ending the state’s status as one of only six states with no restrictions on exotic pets. Introduced by Del. Randy Swartzmiller (D-Hancock), this law bans the future private possession of all “wild and exotic animals” in the state. It creates a Dangerous Wild Animal Board to develop a comprehensive list of these animals. It also addresses the problem of “roadside zoos” by requiring exhibitors with exotic animals to be accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums. Whether it’s cuteness, intelligence, novelty, or danger, exotic animals hold a certain intrigue Read More

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Where the Wild Things Are: Do Exotic Animals Belong in California?

by Ken McAlpine– KCET on March 26, 2014 1:24 PM We Americans are keepers of many things — in this particular matter, I can’t bring myself to use the word “own” — toasters that sear the image of Jesus on our bread and ticket stubs from Abba concerts, not to mention kangaroos, lemurs, muntjac deer, potbellied pigs, lions, capuchin monkeys, cobras, pythons, and white tigers. Exotic animals were in the news here in Ventura County last week, the Ventura County Planning Commission denying exotic animal trainer Irena Hauser’s application to house up to five white tigers in Deer Creek Canyon, an unincorporated residential community in the Santa Monica Mountains north of Malibu. The commission’s decision was close — 3 votes to 2 — and it elicited applause Read More

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Law restricting exotic animals in Ohio demands enforcement

Sun, March 23, 2014 @ 12:00 a.m.- The Vindicator Owners of thousands of exotic animals in Ohio gambled that the state’s new Dangerous Wild Animals Act would be found unconstitutional. They passed up the chance to register their animals by the Dec. 31, 2013, deadline, which would have allowed them to keep their animals under a grand- father clause. Now they’re in illegal possession of their wild animals, and the state faces an enforcement challenge that’s going to be more expensive and more intrusive than it would have been. In early March, a federal appeals court upheld Ohio’s restrictions on exotic animals, rejecting a claim by owners that the law is too stringent. They also claimed it violates their free speech and free association rights Read More

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