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  • City Considers Stepping Up Oversight of Exotic Pets (Columbus, Ohio)

    Originally posted by The Columbus Dispatch
    Columbus residents who enjoy the company of gators, boas, wallabies and other less-than-traditional pets might soon face stricter oversight from the city. The Board of Health will consider a proposal that more explicitly details what animals the city wants to oversee, then would require permits for those animals and for the stores that sell them.

    Details are being worked out, including the cost of the permits, which would be less than $100, city officials said this week.

    City rules already call for permits for some of these kinds of pets, but the rules are vague and not strongly enforced, said Roger Cloern, assistant health commissioner. This is an attempt to provide clarity to the public and pet-store owners and more closely monitor the animals in Columbus, he said.

    Only about 50 pet owners have permits, and those were prompted by resident complaints, said Columbus Public Health spokesman Jose Rodriguez.

    Some unusual pets are becoming more popular, including backyard chickens, he said. In the past two years, the city has had 127 complaints about chickens and other fowl.

    One concern about some pets is the potential for illness transmission, said Dr. Aaron K. Messer, the city's public-health veterinarian.

    About 75 percent of emerging infectious diseases originate with animals, he said. In 2003, two Ohioans were sickened with a disease called monkeypox, which was believed to have come from a wallaby and a prairie dog.

    Columbus Public Health officials are eager to hear from pet owners and others before the board votes this summer, Rodriguez said.

    The department has reviewed similar regulations in other cities, including Cleveland, Albuquerque, N.M., and Portland, Ore.

    At this week's city Board of Health meeting, Terry Wilkins, owner of Captive Born Reptiles, questioned the Columbus proposal. He has stores on Morse and Refugee roads and sells alligators, large snakes and other pets.

    The pets he sells have not caused injuries or deaths, Wilkins said. He worries about harassment of pet owners and is upset that the business community was "deliberately kept in the dark" about the effort, he said.

    Christopher Eaken, who also spoke to the board, said the proposal would be hard to enforce and that the city would be better off spending time and money on other things.

    Pet owners would have to apply for an annual permit, which would be issued by the city on a case-by-case basis through a process that could include a home visit to make sure the owner has appropriate accommodations for the pet, Cloern said. If an animal is to be kept outside, neighbors would be surveyed, Rodriguez said.

    The pet-store owners who sell the affected pets would be responsible for making sure customers have the required permits before taking the pet home. Only a handful of pet shops in the city would needs the permits, he said.

    Department officials hope that people who already have pets that require a permit - and those who buy pets outside the city - would seek permits as well, they said. If those pets come to the attention of Columbus Public Health, the staff would approach the owners about getting a permit, Cloern said.

    mcrane@dispatch.com
    The original article here.

    http://www.dispatch.com/live/content...it-or-not.html
    Abigail McDufford
    Wallflower Herpetoculture / iHerp

  • #2
    "he pets he sells have not caused injuries or deaths, Wilkins said. He worries about harassment of pet owners and is upset that the business community was "deliberately kept in the dark" about the effort, he said."

    That's my worry about permits. I like the idea of making sure a person is prepared to care for a certain animal, and prepared to contain it so it doesn't escape and hurt someone or the local ecosystem. But if you have a permit and the gov't decides to ban that animal, they know exactly where to find you.


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    • #3
      Originally posted by foxe View Post
      "he pets he sells have not caused injuries or deaths, Wilkins said. He worries about harassment of pet owners and is upset that the business community was "deliberately kept in the dark" about the effort, he said."

      That's my worry about permits. I like the idea of making sure a person is prepared to care for a certain animal, and prepared to contain it so it doesn't escape and hurt someone or the local ecosystem. But if you have a permit and the gov't decides to ban that animal, they know exactly where to find you.
      I agree. I personally think crocodilians and exotics such as tigers and chimpanzees should be more closely regulated, but snakes and small exotics... Come on, that's pushing it a bit. I doubt it'll pass, but I figured everyone deserved to read about it to do their part if need be.
      Abigail McDufford
      Wallflower Herpetoculture / iHerp

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      • #4
        Well in the case of things like praire dogs, they have in the past had issues and the ones becoming pets did carry a disease, so I do understand the need for it. And I do think a permit for some species should be requires like for gators, iguanas, and even giant snakes (simply because the latter two, most people who get them dont understand the under taking involved, at least with gators they ar benot as common of a pet). But for smaller species like hedgehogs, even corn snakes I find it stupid, just another way for the government to control us.
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        • #5
          Bumping up after the events of the last couple of days.

          This is being discussed on the news.
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          Donna

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          • #6
            The documentary film http://www.theelephantinthelivingroom.com/ predicted this situation.
            “they who can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety deserve neither nor safety”

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            • #7
              Originally posted by samanthajane13 View Post
              Bumping up after the events of the last couple of days.

              This is being discussed on the news.
              What was the purpose of bumping this post without adding any new insight or discussion on the topic?

              Personally, I think stronger regulations are needed on some of the more dangerous exotics.
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              • #8
                Originally posted by WillC View Post
                What was the purpose of bumping this post without adding any new insight or discussion on the topic?

                Personally, I think stronger regulations are needed on some of the more dangerous exotics.
                I think it's important remember that to most people 12 ft snakes are considered just as dangerous as any other dangerous exotic animal. To some, even our geckos are too dangerous to have because of the stigma about them (I know that way back in the 1990 my older brother got a gecko -I'm going to guess a tokay gecko- just before I was born and my father made him get rid of it because of the diseases that "ALL REPTILES HAVE" to keep the baby -me- safe. This still runs thick through a lot of people's mind, many are afraid to hold my cresteds because they don't want to get sick).

                It's a fine line to walk, what is considered a dangerous exotic and what isn't. Obviously no one should ever have a wild animal like a tiger or a bear, but other animals like the ones that the people on this forum handle and take care of can be on the line.

                How can we fight for our right to have large snakes, taranchulas, scorpions, and even geckos? If this is issue is being currently discussed in your state or region I implore you to write to your Representative and tell them your opinion, give examples and reasons why your animals shouldn't be on the list and which you believe should be (and if you can, come up with the differences between the animals that should be on the list and the animals that shouldn't - if you can have a difference between the two I think that it will help solidify the idea in their minds). Just be sure to give evidence to back up your opinions, be professional in your writing, and be stern in your opinion.
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                • #9
                  After Ohio panic, call for ban on exotic animal ownership


                  CHICAGO (Reuters) – Animal welfare groups pleaded on Thursday for tighter restrictions or a ban on private ownership of exotic animals after a panic in Ohio this week when scores of dangerous beasts were set loose.

                  Police hunted down and killed dozens of lions, tigers, bears, and primates set loose from a private menagerie on Tuesday by owner Terry Thompson, 62, who then killed himself.

                  "This latest incident simply puts an exclamation point on our call to stop the private ownership of dangerous, wild animals as pets or roadside attractions," Wayne Pacelle, president and CEO of The Humane Society of the United States, said in a conference call.

                  http://old.news.yahoo.com/s/nm/20111...als_loose_laws
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                  Donna

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                  • #10
                    Ohio governor to sign exotic-pet executive order
                    Order will crack down on dangerous exotic pets

                    Updated: Friday, 21 Oct 2011, 3:44 PM EDT
                    Published : Friday, 21 Oct 2011, 1:44 PM EDT

                    COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Authorities found numerous problems with conditions at a wild animal owner's property over the years, including big cats kept in cages without locks, a black leopard in a basement, lion and bear cubs housed in the same pen and a lion running loose, according to documents released Friday.

                    Several neighbors also complained over the years that Terry Thompson's horses regularly got out from the property where the wild animals were kept, and that he and his wife were starving bison and cattle they kept on a farm on the other side of town, the documents show.

                    Thompson, 62, freed dozens of lions, tigers, bears and other animals Tuesday, then committed suicide, triggering a big-game hunt in the Ohio countryside as police officers shot and killed 49 of the animals for fear they would harm humans.

                    Ohio has some of the nation's weakest restrictions on exotic pets, and authorities decided not to take Thompson's animals because there were no serious health problems.

                    Gov. John Kasich on Friday Ohio Gov. John Kasich said he'll push for a moratorium on exotic animal auctions and a crackdown on unlicensed auctions. He had let an order that banned buying and selling exotic animals expire this spring, arguing it lacked legal authority.

                    He says he'll propose laws to regulate wild animals by Nov. 30. And he says the state will work toward better application of existing laws until more specific laws are enacted.

                    Authorities and animal experts went to the Thompson farm three years ago during a cruelty investigation and found that some of the cages weren't padlocked and were secured with plastic ties, according to the records released by the Muskingum County Sheriff's office.

                    They also thought the fences were low enough to allow the animals to get out.

                    Authorities in 2008 found animal pens scattered on the patio and driveway and several others inside the garage and basement. They had a black panther in the basement and two tigers and two lion cubs in the garage.

                    On a patio next to the Thompson's pool, two lion cubs and one black bear cub were housed in the same pen.

                    Terry Thompson's wife, Marian, was quoted in the records released Friday telling detectives that they took in the animals because no one else wanted them. She also said she was trying to end the practice.

                    "I'm going to put a stop to bringing in all these animals. I'm telling Terry, 'No more,'" she said in a report filed April 13, 2005.

                    Authorities told the couple to fix the cages or they would get a court order forcing the changes.

                    In one 2005 complaint, a neighbor said horses from Thompson's property walked to her car, "and started licking the vehicle to get water from the rain."

                    Thompson's estranged sister, Polly Thompson, says her brother was likely overwhelmed financially when he committed suicide.

                    Terry Thompson had just returned to the property after a year in federal prison on possessing unregistered weapons charges.

                    Court records show that the Thompsons owed at least $68,000 in unpaid taxes to the IRS and the county, and he had two federal tax liens filed against him last year.

                    "I can just see him standing on that hill looking at every animal, thinking, 'How am I going to do this?'" Polly Thompson, 56, told the AP late Thursday.

                    "And I'm sure he thought, 'Nobody wants me,'" she said.

                    Polly Thompson said her brother threw himself into any activity he undertook and it was no different when he began collecting wild animals about 15 years ago. His first animal was a lion cub named Simba, she said.

                    Her brother summed up his philosophy in a frequently quoted line, she said: "We're not here for a long time, just a good time."

                    Her brother got by financially on proceeds from a motorcycle business he sold, sales of horse trailers and other equipment and a small family inheritance. He was also a pilot who occasionally flew chartered planes for businesses.

                    Thompson reluctantly testified against her brother about five years ago when he was charged with starving bison and cattle kept at their parents' farm near Zanesville.

                    "Anybody that has animals should take care of them," she said in an interview at her home on 10 acres on the outskirts of Zanesville.

                    "I don't care who you are, if you can't take care of them, it's not right, you shouldn't have them," she said. "Who wants to testify against their brother?"

                    Deputies killed 48 animals — including 18 rare Bengal tigers, 17 lions and eight bears — in a hunt across the Ohio countryside that lasted nearly 24 hours and that has been criticized by some who say the animals should have been saved. Only a monkey was still missing, and it was probably killed by one of the big cats, the county sheriff says.

                    ___

                    Seewer reported from Toledo. Associated Press writers Doug Whiteman and Ann Sanner in Columbus also contributed to this report.

                    http://www.wivb.com/dpps/news/nation...11-tvw_3969758
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                    • #11
                      Donna,

                      Do you think the governor should ban exotic pet ownership?
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                      • #12
                        Will-I don't think it should be a "sweeping" ban. Not like the invasive species sweep that HR669 would have covered.

                        I think that some animals, such as bears, big cats, primates, etc. need to be banned in situations other than zoos and research...and by research, I mean learning about the species...NOT torturing them in the name of big business.

                        I just posted these articles to promote discussion on what I see as more problems for herp keepers down the road.

                        More than anything, ALL animal keepers need to be RESPONSIBLE in the care of their chosen animals.

                        ALL aspects of responsibility. Housing, vet care, proper feeding, etc.

                        When incidents like the one in Ohio happen, it just makes ALL exotic keepers look bad.


                        There is a very famous old quote-from way back in WWII-that sort of applies.

                        "When the Nazis came for the communists,
                        I remained silent;
                        I was not a communist.

                        When they locked up the social democrats,
                        I remained silent;
                        I was not a social democrat.

                        When they came for the trade unionists,
                        I did not speak out;
                        I was not a trade unionist.

                        When they came for the Jews,
                        I remained silent;
                        I wasn't a Jew.

                        When they came for me,
                        there was no one left to speak out."

                        -Friedrich Gustav Emil Martin Niemöller-

                        Substitute animals for the different ideological/religious/political references, and you might see what I mean.

                        We have to do our very best to employ GOOD HABITS in keeping our animals, and give exotic keeping a GOOD NAME, or they could ALL be taken away.

                        And we all have to stick together!!
                        Love and Light-
                        Donna

                        "What is man without the beasts? If all the beasts were gone, man would die from a great loneliness of spirit, for whatever happens to the beasts soon happens to the man. All things are connected."-Chief Seattle

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                        • #13
                          A resurrection of HR 669 is in the works according to a reliable source. It will be a wait and see what is jammed in with the indecent in Ohio. Those who supported HR 669 have the ears of some legislators.
                          Later and Happy Herping,
                          Jason Juchems
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                          Past President,Central Illinois Herpetological Society

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                          • #14
                            Zanesville, Ohio Animal Owner Reportedly Traded Guns For Tiger, Monkey


                            ZANESVILLE, Ohio — An owner of dozens of wild animals who freed them before committing suicide this week was an avid gun collector who had traded weapons for a monkey, a leopard and a tiger cub, federal documents show.

                            Terry Thompson built his collection of exotic animals by swapping guns, sheltering animals no longer wanted by their owners and buying others at auctions, according to public records released Friday and interviews with those who knew him.

                            "Once you have an exotic animal, you're somewhat tagged as someone who will take unwanted or abandoned animals. And that's how it grew," Thompson said, according to a deposition that was part of the government's attempt to seize 133 weapons from him.

                            No one knows for sure why Thompson freed 56 animals including lions, tigers and bears on Tuesday and then committed suicide, triggering a big-game hunt in the Ohio countryside as police officers shot and killed 48 of them for fear they would harm humans. A 49th animal was killed by one of the big cats. The remaining animals were captured and taken to the Columbus Zoo.

                            The frightening situation put a spotlight on the lack of oversight on exotic pets in some states. Ohio has some of the nation's weakest restrictions. Gov. John Kasich on Friday ordered temporary measures to crack down on private ownership of exotic wild animals while tougher laws are drafted this fall.

                            Under his executive order, the state will work with health departments and humane societies to better enforce existing laws, try to temporarily halt auction sales of wild animals, shut down unlicensed auctions, and review existing permits the state issues to people who own wild animals.

                            Kasich had let an order that banned buying and selling exotic animals expire last spring. Friday, he defended that decision, saying the legislative process was in the works to address the issue. He said a committee now has put drafting new laws on a fast track for the end of next month.

                            Thompson likely would have been in violation of the previous order because he had animal cruelty convictions in the past, but it's unclear if or when he would have lost his animals.

                            "All the statutes in the world don't keep something like what happened from happening," Kasich said. "I mean, who would have ever dreamt the guy's gonna commit suicide, open up the cages? The question is why did he have all those animals to begin with."

                            Deputies killed 18 rare Bengal tigers, 17 lions and eight bears in a hunt across eastern Ohio that has been criticized by some who say the animals should have been saved. The officers were ordered to kill the animals instead of trying to bring them down with tranquilizers for fear that those hit with darts would escape in the darkness before they dropped and would later regain consciousness.

                            Over the years, neighbors complained about a lion running loose and regularly called the sheriff about Thompson's horses roaming away from the property where the wild animals were kept.

                            Thompson, 62, had his share of troubles in the last year. He owed thousands of dollars in unpaid taxes, had marital problems and just returned home only a few weeks ago after spending a year in federal prison for possessing unregistered weapons.

                            A week before Thompson killed himself, a sheriff's deputy visited his farm because a neighbor complained about his horses getting out again.

                            Thompson promised he'd check the fences and admitted he was struggling to take care of all the animals, authorities said.

                            "Terry stated to me that he had just recently got home out of prison and he has not had very good control over any of his animals since he had been locked up," the deputy wrote in a report released Friday.

                            Thompson's estranged sister said he likely was overwhelmed financially when he committed suicide.

                            "I can just see him standing on that hill looking at every animal, thinking, `How am I going to do this?'" Polly Thompson told The Associated Press. "And I'm sure he thought, `Nobody wants me.'"

                            Terry Thompson got by financially on proceeds from a motorcycle business he sold, sales of horse trailers and other equipment and a small family inheritance. He also was a pilot who occasionally flew chartered planes for businesses.

                            Polly Thompson reluctantly testified against her brother about five years ago when he was charged with starving bison and cattle kept at their parents' farm near Zanesville.

                            "Anybody that has animals should take care of them," she said in an interview at her home on the outskirts of Zanesville.

                            Terry Thompson was a gun dealer in Zanesville for many years but told federal authorities he never hunted, according to court records. "Absolutely unequivocally not a hunter," he said.

                            His wife, Marian Thompson, told investigators that they never sold the animals or opened the farm to visitors.

                            "We don't want them on display," she said.

                            She told detectives in the past that they took in the animals because no one else wanted them. She also said she was trying to end the practice.

                            "I'm going to put a stop to bringing in all these animals. I'm telling Terry, `No more,'" she said in a report filed in April 2005.

                            Authorities and animal experts went to the farm three years ago during a cruelty to animals investigation and found that some of the cages weren't padlocked and a few were secured with plastic ties that had been partially chewed, according to the records released by the Muskingum County Sheriff's Office.

                            The director of animal management from a wildlife preserve in Ohio said the bottoms of fences weren't secured and gates meant for dog kennels were used in pens housing the big cats. He also noted that a cage housing two lions should have had a much higher fence.

                            "There was also a tree in this cage area, and there was nothing to prevent the animal from climbing the tree and escaping," a report said.

                            Animal pens were scattered on the patio and driveway of the Thompsons' home on the property, and there were several others inside the garage and basement. They had a black leopard in the basement and two tigers and two lion cubs in the garage.

                            On a patio next to the Thompsons' pool, two lion cubs and one black bear cub were in the same pen.

                            A veterinarian from Columbus Zoo saw that a tiger was missing its tail and thought it had been ripped or bitten off by another animal in an adjoining cage. Two tigers were in a cage filled with standing water, rotting carcasses and lots of bones.

                            The zoo officials also expressed concerns about malnutrition and the sizes of the pens.

                            Thompson also kept a monkey in a cage too small for it to stand up in, kept a wolf in an old car and had a zebra in a horse trailer, said a Muskingum County resident familiar with Thompson who saw the conditions and spoke with the AP on condition of anonymity for fear of repercussions over the comments.

                            Authorities decided not to take the Thompsons' animals because there were no serious health problems but told the couple to fix the cages or they would get a court order forcing the changes.

                            Within three weeks, taller fences had been constructed. A county prosecutor then told detectives there was little else they could do because they had no authority to regulate anyone who keeps wild or exotic animals.

                            Even after the changes, detectives wrote in their final report that "it is impossible for the sheriff's office to say the Thompson property is safe."

                            ___

                            Seewer reported from Toledo. Associated Press writers Doug Whiteman and Ann Sanner in Columbus also contributed to this report.

                            http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/1..._lnk2%7C106482


                            This kind of crap just makes animal people look worse!!
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                            Donna

                            "What is man without the beasts? If all the beasts were gone, man would die from a great loneliness of spirit, for whatever happens to the beasts soon happens to the man. All things are connected."-Chief Seattle

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                            • #15
                              Here's the Bill that being put in place.


                              As Introduced

                              129th General Assembly
                              Regular Session
                              2011-2012

                              H. B. No. 352


                              Representative Phillips

                              Cosponsors: Representatives Antonio, Ashford, Garland, Letson, Murray, O'Brien, Ramos, Szollosi, Fedor, Goyal


                              A BILL

                              To amend section 1531.99 and to enact section 1531.40 of the Revised Code to prohibit the future acquisition of a dangerous exotic animal, to require a person owning a dangerous exotic animal on the act's effective date to register it with the Division of Wildlife, and to declare an emergency.


                              BE IT ENACTED BY THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF THE STATE OF OHIO:

                              Section 1. That section 1531.99 be amended and section 1531.40 of the Revised Code be enacted to read as follows:

                              Sec. 1531.40. (A) On and after the effective date of this section, no person shall acquire by any means a dangerous exotic animal.

                              (B) A person who owns a dangerous exotic animal on the effective date of this section shall register the animal with the division of wildlife not later than sixty days after that date. A registration may be issued if both of the following apply:

                              (1) The person has not been convicted of an offense involving the abuse or neglect of any animal pursuant to any local, state, or federal law.

                              (2) The person has not had a license or permit regarding the care, possession, exhibition, breeding, or sale of animals revoked or suspended by any local, state, or federal agency.

                              The care and disposition of dangerous wild animals owned by a person who is not eligible for a registration under this division shall be conducted in accordance with rules adopted under this section.

                              (C) The chief of the division of wildlife shall adopt rules under section 1531.10 of the Revised Code that establish both of the following:

                              (1) A requirement that the owner of a dangerous exotic animal who registered the animal under division (B) of this section have the animal microchipped, and requirements and procedures governing that microchipping;

                              (2) Any other requirements and procedures that are necessary to administer this section, including requirements governing the disposition of dangerous exotic animals owned by persons who are not eligible for registration under division (B) of this section.

                              (D) This section does not apply to any of the following:

                              (1) The division of wildlife;

                              (2) A facility that is an accredited member of the American zoo and aquarium association or that is under mentorship of the association;

                              (3) An accredited member of the American zoo and aquarium association or an entity that is under mentorship of the association that is conducting educational or other activities with dangerous exotic animals outside of the facility that is operated by the member;

                              (4) A humane society;

                              (5) A veterinary hospital or clinic;

                              (6) A wildlife sanctuary;

                              (7) A research facility as defined in the "Animal Welfare Act of 1966," 80 Stat. 350, 7 U.S.C. 2131, as amended;

                              (8) A vocational school, college, university, or other educational institution;

                              (9) A traveling public show or circus that uses dangerous exotic animals as an integral part of the show or circus performance and that keeps the animals in this state only during the time period when the traveling public show or circus is performing in this state;

                              (10) An individual who does not reside in this state and is traveling through this state with a dangerous exotic animal, who has the animal confined in a cage at all times, and who is in this state not more than ninety-six hours;

                              (11) A law enforcement agency;

                              (12) Any other entity designated by the chief in rules adopted under this section.

                              (E) As used in this section:

                              (1) "Dangerous exotic animal" means any of the following:

                              (a) A large cat other than a cat commonly known as a house cat;

                              (b) A nonhuman primate, except a nonhuman primate that provides support or assistance for a mobility impaired person;

                              (c) An alligator;

                              (d) A crocodile;

                              (e) A constricting snake;

                              (f) A venomous snake;

                              (g) Any other animal designated by the chief in rules adopted under this section.

                              (2) "Humane society" means an organization that is organized under section 1717.05 of the Revised Code.

                              (3) "Wildlife sanctuary" means a nonprofit organization as described in section 170 of the "Internal Revenue Code of 1986," 100 Stat. 2085, 26 U.S.C. 170, as amended, that operates a place of refuge where abused, neglected, unwanted, impounded, abandoned, orphaned, or displaced dangerous exotic animals are provided care for their lifetime or released back to their natural habitat and, with respect to an animal possessed by the organization, that does not do any of the following:

                              (a) Use the animal for any type of entertainment;

                              (b) Sell, trade, or barter the animal or the animal's body parts;

                              (c) Breed the animal.

                              Sec. 1531.99. (A) Whoever violates section 1531.02 of the Revised Code, or any division rule, other than a rule adopted under section 1531.25 of the Revised Code, is guilty of a misdemeanor of the fourth degree.

                              (B) Whoever violates section 1531.02 of the Revised Code concerning the taking or possession of deer or violates division (K) of section 1531.06 or section 1531.07 or 1531.29 of the Revised Code is guilty of a misdemeanor of the third degree on a first offense; on each subsequent offense, that person is guilty of a misdemeanor of the first degree.

                              (C) Whoever violates section 1531.25 of the Revised Code is guilty of a misdemeanor of the first degree.

                              (D) Whoever violates section 1531.02 of the Revised Code concerning the buying, selling, or offering for sale of any wild animals or parts of wild animals, the minimum value of which animals or parts, in the aggregate, is one thousand dollars or more as established under section 1531.201 of the Revised Code, is guilty of a felony of the fifth degree.

                              (E) Whoever violates section 1531.40 of the Revised Code is guilty of a misdemeanor of the first degree on a first offense and a felony of the fifth degree on each subsequent offense.

                              (F) A court that imposes sentence for a violation of any section of this chapter governing the holding, taking, buying, selling, or possession of wild animals, including, without limitation, section 1531.11 of the Revised Code, may require the person who is convicted of or pleads guilty to the offense, in addition to any fine, term of imprisonment, seizure, and forfeiture imposed, to make restitution for the minimum value of the wild animal illegally held, taken, bought, sold, or possessed as established under section 1531.201 of the Revised Code. An officer who collects moneys paid as restitution under this section shall pay those moneys to the treasurer of state who shall deposit them in the state treasury to the credit of the wildlife fund established under section 1531.17 of the Revised Code.

                              Section 2. That existing section 1531.99 of the Revised Code is hereby repealed.

                              Section 3. Division (B) of section 1531.40 of the Revised Code, as enacted by this act, does not apply until the ninety-first day after the effective date of this act.

                              Section 4. This act is hereby declared to be an emergency measure necessary for the immediate preservation of the public peace, health, and safety. The reason for such necessity is the need to protect the citizens of the state from injury or harm caused by dangerous exotic animals. Therefore, this act shall go into immediate effect.

                              http://www.legislature.state.oh.us/B...B_352_I_N.html
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                              Donna

                              "What is man without the beasts? If all the beasts were gone, man would die from a great loneliness of spirit, for whatever happens to the beasts soon happens to the man. All things are connected."-Chief Seattle

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